After Paris Attacks, Here's What the CIA Director Gets Wrong About Encryption

Kim Zetter, WIRED,  Tuesday, November 17, 2015

There are several holes in the argument that forcing backdoors on companies will make us all more secure. While doing this would no doubt make things easier for the intelligence and law enforcement communities, it would come at a grave societal cost—and a different security cost—and still fail to solve some of the problems intelligence agencies say they have with surveillance.

The Strange Geopolitics of the International Cloud

Ingrid Burrington, The Atlantic,  Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The things that shape data-center geography outside the U.S. aren't all that different from things that shape data-center geography in the U.S. In general, large companies building cloud infrastructure seek access to land, and appealing climates—environmental, financial, and political. Places with high concentrations of Internet exchanges, network infrastructure, U.S.-friendly governments, existing tech sectors, or highly educated populations (Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Singapore) become logical locations for data centers.

EU Justice leader pushes Hill on privacy bill

Kate Tummarello and Alex Byers, POLITICO,  Tuesday, November 17, 2015

EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová makes the rounds in Washington today, trying to sell lawmakers on an EU-focused privacy bill while continuing negotiations with Obama administration officials over the future of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor. The House has passed the Judicial Redress Act, which would extend new legal protections to EU citizens, but Grassley’s Senate committee hasn’t even debated it.

U.S. Urges Bodycams for Local Police, but Nixes Them on Federal Teams

Devlin Barrett, Wall Street Journal,  Monday, November 16, 2015

The Justice Department is publicly urging local police departments to adopt body cameras, saying they are an important tool to improve transparency and trust between officers and citizens. But privately, the department (DOJ) is telling some of its agents they cannot work with officers using such cameras as part of joint task forces, according to people familiar with the discussions. The reason: The federal government hasn’t yet adopted guidelines on how and when to use body cameras, rules that would be important to determining how any footage could be used in court, released publicly, or stored by law-enforcement agencies. The contradiction reveals the potential challenges for federal agencies that work closely with local police, such as the U.S. Marshals.

After Paris Attacks, Surveillance Remains A Key Issue In EU-U.S. Privacy Negotiations

Hamza Shaban, BuzzFeed,  Monday, November 16, 2015

The commissioner of justice for the European Union struck an optimistic tone Monday, outlining a way forward for negotiations between the EU and the United States over consumer privacy and the future of internet commerce. During a speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., Vera Jourová said a new agreement regulating the transatlantic flow of commercial data will be set by January next year. Though her remarks were conciliatory, in part to to ease the concerns of an American tech industry under increased European regulatory scrutiny, Jourová emphasized that disagreements over national security and data privacy stand as key points of contention between the two sides.

"Is National Security More Important Than Individual Right To Privacy?" A Student Debate

Ruth Starkman, Huffington Post,  Monday, November 16, 2015

When the Bard College Debate Union and the United States Military Academy at West Point Debate Society tackled the question: "Is National Security More Important Than Individual Right To Privacy," both affirmative and negative sides delivered compelling, well-researched, and often surprising answers. This event, sponsored by the Bard Debate Union, the Hannah Arendt Center, the Center for Civic Engagement, and the Bard-West Point Exchange, marked the third annual debate of the Bard-West Point Exchange and opened The Hannah Arendt Center's two-day "Why Privacy Matters" conference on October 15-16 with a compelling presentation of student perspectives. That students should have the first word was fitting.


Tracy Mitrano, Inside Higher Ed,  Monday, November 16, 2015

Standards for body worn cameras on campus law enforcement. The CJIS Security Policy is a model whether one is investing in campus policy body cam video or not. It covers the general and fine points of policy governance, technical controls, training, education and awareness. Cloud computing procurement and contracts with vendors are interwoven into its directives rather than, as is the case with so many of our higher education ventures, an initiative that gets bolted onto policy written when on premise services were the norm. Although titled a “security policy” it weaves privacy practices into it. Surprisingly devoid of government speak, the prose is clear and organized.

Should 'revolutionary' body-worn interview cameras be used in Hampshire?

Emily Ford, Daily Echo,  Saturday, November 14, 2015

A UK perspective on body-worn cameras. Police chiefs in Hampshire have proposed a move into the 21st century by updating their technology. As previously reported, officers across the county could be trailblazers for a “revolutionary” system using body-worn video (BMV) cameras to interview suspects at crime scenes. Hampshire’s chief constable Andy Marsh, who is also the national policing lead for body-worn video, said the change could lead to “cheaper justice”. The interview process is set to go on a trial period and it comes as police forces face reduced budgets in chancellor George Osborne’s upcoming spending review.

Microsoft's Creative Solution to Data Privacy

Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View,  Friday, November 13, 2015

Now, Microsoft is the first to offer a solution to the problem U.S. companies face in Europe. And it's a good solution. Starting next year, the American company will offer cloud services to its European customers from two data centers that are based in Germany and run by a local "data trustee," Deutsche Telekom. This means Microsoft will not be able to access the data without permission from the clients and from Deutsche Telekom, which operates under Germany's tight data protection law.

Shifting privacy landscape and the need for Congressional reform

Julie Anderson by Julie Anderson, AG Strategy Group
Friday, November 13, 2015

The LEADS Act is a bipartisan opportunity to reform ECPA and improve international data sharing while simultaneously protecting the privacy of individuals. The legislation clarifies that U.S. law enforcement warrants do not apply to emails of non-U.S. citizens that are stored in other countries. Absent congressional action, the privacy of individuals will be at risk and law enforcement agencies will continue to operate in an uncertain environment. The passage of the LEADS Act will also lay a meaningful foundation for a new Safe Harbor agreement. LEADS strikes the delicate balance between security and privacy that is critical in today’s digital world.