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MEPs back EU-US Umbrella Agreement on data exchanges for law enforcement purposes

EU Parliament on December 1, 2016 voted to back the EU-US Umbrella Agreement on data protection in exchanges for law enforcement purposes. Agreement covers the transfer of all personal data exchanged between the EU and US regarding criminal offences.

The deal is to ensure high, binding data protection standards in the data exchanged. The Agreement itself is not a legal basis for data transfers, but protects those data that are already exchanged legally, says Parliament’s lead MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht.

Umbrella Agreement will ensure citizens in both in EU and US have equal rights to:

– be informed in the event of data security breaches,

– have inaccurate information corrected and

– judicial redress at court.

The Agreement also sets limits on onward transfers of data and retention periods.

Source: MEPs back EU-US data protection deal on exchanges for law enforcement purposes

The Shadow Brokers publish NSA spy tools

A hackers group that calls itself the Shadow Brokers recently published on web and made accessible to everyone sophisticated hacking and surveillance tools. They claim that those tools come come from breach of NSA.

Released hacking tools exploit vulnerabilities in software that the vendor doesn’t know about (so called “zero day vulnerabilities”) and thus haven’t fixed – making everyone using this software a potential target. Published tools revel that United States government has been hacking for decades without big attention.

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DoJ is trying to predict how terrorists will use the Internet of Things

It is estimated that by year 2020 there will be anywhere up to 50 billion internet-connected devices and 20% of them will be cars and or trucks. Such rapid explosion of use of connected devices explodes comes with security risks. Therefore US Department of Justice, together with other agencies, is evaluating and trying to predict those risks before they come into reality.

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Microsoft on their win aigainst US

Recently Microsoft won a closely-watched case against US Department of Justice on disclosure of European customer data. In that case US court of appeals ruled that US search warrants do not reach our customers’ data stored abroad. In this article Microsoft explains their motivation fighting this case and why they think it’s a big deal.

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White paper on EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

It is still uncertain when and whether at all EU-U.S. Privacy Shield will be adopted and enter into force. In mean time, Bloomberg BNA has prepared and published a white paper which examines “the challenges that U.S. and EU regulators encountered in reaching the Privacy Shield agreement, the additional privacy protections companies will be required to commit to under the agreement, and those aspects of the Privacy Shield framework that might cause a company previously self-certified under the Safe Harbor to consider alternative mechanisms”.

Download BNA Privacy Shield white paper

This white paper will let you better understand what Privacy Shield would require of companies if approved by the European Commission. (Free registration is required to access report.)

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