CLOUD Act becomes law as part of omnibus bill

(Mar 23, 2018) U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Omnibus Spending Bill into law Friday afternoon. The bill passed the House of Representatives Thursday, followed by the Senate Thursday night. Tucked inside the massive spending bill is the Clarifying Overseas Use of Data Act, which deals with cross-border data access in law enforcement cases. The controversial bill has garnered wide support from the tech industry and opposition from privacy advocacy groups. Microsoft has been involved in a long-running leg... Read More

Apple criticized for transferring data to Chinese company

(Mar 23, 2018) Amnesty International is criticizing Apple’s move to use a local Chinese company to handle the company’s iCloud service for its Chinese customers, CNET reports. Amnesty International remarked that the move was a betrayal of its Chinese iCloud users. Nicholas Bequelin, East Asia director at Amnesty International, said, “Tim Cook is not being upfront with Apple’s Chinese users when insisting that their private data will always be secure. Apple’s pursuit of profits has left Chinese iCloud users fac... Read More

Waterloo Regional Police considering using drones for missing person searches

(Mar 23, 2018) CBC News reports Waterloo Regional Police are considering the use of drones to assist in missing person cases and investigating car crashes. The drones will be fully operational by May 2018, and a Police Services Board report states the drones will be a faster and more efficient way to search large areas. The report also states the drones will not be used for surveillance purposes without "judicial authorization and completed privacy impact assessment."Full Story... Read More

Dutch voters reject internet surveillance bill

(Mar 22, 2018) A surveillance bill has been shot down by Dutch voters by a slim margin, Reuters reports. The legislation would have given intelligence agencies the ability to tap into internet traffic, store any collected data for three years, and share it with other intelligence agencies. With 89 percent of votes counted, 48.8 percent of Dutch citizens voted against the bill, while 47.3 percent voted for the law. Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s government pushed the bill forward as a way to bolster national secur... Read More

CLOUD Act moves closer to passing

(Mar 22, 2018) A federal spending bill could help the CLOUD Act pass into law, Reuters reports. The legislation would allow U.S. judges to issue warrants to obtain data overseas while giving the tech companies the option to object to the request if it conflicts with foreign law. The CLOUD Act would settle the long-standing United States v. Microsoft case. Microsoft and other tech companies, the British government, and the Trump administration all have supported the CLOUD Act, while civil liberty advocates have... Read More

China to begin implementing social credit system on transportation

(Mar 19, 2018) According to statements announced on the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission’s website, the country will begin implementing its social credit system to prohibit citizens from flights and trains, Reuters reports. Under the system, people will be placed on a restricted list if they are found to have committed certain acts, such as spreading false information about terrorism or using expired tickets. The social credit system is based on the principle “once untrustworthy, always restr... Read More

Notes from the IAPP Publications Editor, March 16, 2018

(Mar 16, 2018) Greetings from Portsmouth, NH! One of the hot privacy topics in the U.S. this week has been the fate of the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act, better known as the CLOUD Act. This pending legislation, which deals with cross-border data transfers in law enforcement cases, is drawing both strong support and opposition. Tech companies have been asking Congress to revamp government data access requests for years now. Microsoft's Brad Smith testified in Feb. 2016 that increased data access ... Read More

Senators ask Congress to remove the CLOUD Act from legislation package

(Mar 16, 2018) In a joint statement, Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., wrote in opposition to the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act and ask that it not be included in the upcoming omnibus appropriations package, Gizmodo reports. In the statement, the senators argue that its passage would place “far too much power in the president’s hands and denies Congress its critical oversight role.” The senators join the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights ... Read More

Op-Ed: PCLOB nominations offer optimistic outlook

(Mar 16, 2018) In an Op-Ed for Lawfare, Sidley Austin Senior Counsel Cameron Kerry says the recent nominations of Edward Felten and Jane Nitze to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board offer “something to be optimistic about.” Kerry calls the nomination of Felten as “inspired,” adding, “As a technologist and the first non-lawyer on the board, Felten would add a valuable dimension to the PCLOB’s work.” For Nitze, whom he calls “more of a blank slate when it comes to privacy,” he writes that she has “st... Read More

Pilot program connects IoT device to police alerts

(Mar 15, 2018) Police in Lancashire, U.K., have partnered with Amazon to create a pilot program designed to broadcast crime updates, safety notifications, and photos of wanted and missing people to Amazon Echo owners, The Intercept reports. While residents have to opt in to the pilot program, the Lancashire County police will store citizen’s crime reports on Amazon’s servers. Rob Flanagan, the Lancashire Constabulary innovations manager, said that the program was designed to reduce demand on the call centers. ... Read More