How the CLOUD Act will affect the way cloud providers serve their customers 

(Jul 13, 2018) The signing into law of the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act earlier this year has not gone unnoticed among the privacy or law enforcement communities. Its intention was to simplify the process for the U.S. government to gain access to potentially vital data in the interest of national security when held on foreign soil, without impinging on the privacy rights of the individual or the duties of the cloud service provider to protect those rights. But what does this mean? And why was i... Read More

What the CLOUD Act means for cloud providers

(Jul 13, 2018) The passage earlier this year in the U.S. of the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act has not gone unnoticed by many in the privacy and law enforcement communities. Though the stakeholders who crafted the law intended it to simplify the process for the U.S. government to access data stored overseas while aiming to protect the privacy of individuals, the law poses as a major issue for cloud service providers. In this post for Privacy Perspectives, Calligo Founder and Chief Executive Officer... Read More

UK ICO intends to fine Facebook 500,000 GBP

(Jul 11, 2018) Following an investigation launched in 2017 over the use of political campaigns' use of data, the U.K. Information Commissioner's Office has taken several actions against various parties, including warning letters, audit notices, and a notice of intent to levy a 500,000 GBP fine against Facebook.  In a statement, U.K. Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said, "Facebook has failed to provide the kind of protections they are required to under the Data Protection Act. Fines and prosecutions ... Read More

UK ICO investigation leads to potential 500,000 GBP fine against Facebook

(Jul 11, 2018) Following an investigation launched in 2017 over the use of political campaigns' use of data, the U.K. Information Commissioner's Office has taken several actions against various parties, including warning letters, audit notices and a notice of intent to levy a 500,000 GBP fine against Facebook. Specifically, the investigation — which the ICO reports is the largest to date of its kind — looked at whether data used in the U.K.'s Brexit reform, as well as the U.S. 2016 presidential election, was u... Read More

Update from the European Data Protection Board after second plenary

(Jul 6, 2018) While many in the U.S. were taking the day off in celebration of Independence Day, officials in Europe have been busy addressing a number of privacy issues this week. For one, the newly minted European Data Protection Board provided an update after it held its second plenary meeting July 4 and 5, about a slate of pressing data protection topics. Top of mind for the EDPB is the state of play of its consistency and cooperation mechanisms now that the EU General Data Protection Regulation is in eff... Read More

European Data Protection Board issues update after second plenary meeting

(Jul 5, 2018) While many in the U.S. were taking the day off in celebration of Independence Day, officials in Europe have been busy addressing a number of privacy issues this week. For one, the newly minted European Data Protection Board provided an update after it held its second plenary meeting July 4 and 5 about a slate of pressing data protection topics.  Top of mind for the EDPB is the state of play of its consistency and cooperation mechanisms now that the EU General Data Protection Regulation is in ef... Read More

European Parliament votes to suspend Privacy Shield unless US 'fully complies'

(Jul 5, 2018) While the U.S. was busy celebrating Independence Day July 4 with barbecues and fireworks, the European Parliament was debating the future of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield deal. The conclusion? Thursday, Parliament voted for its suspension. The non-binding resolution was passed 303 to 223 votes, with 29 abstentions, and calls on the executive arm of the European Union, the European Commission, to suspend the data-sharing deal “unless the U.S. is fully compliant” by Sept. 1. Jennifer Baker has the de... Read More

European Parliament: Suspend Privacy Shield unless US fully complies

(Jul 5, 2018) Editor's note: This story was updated at 10:30 a.m. on July 6 to reflect comments from the Department of Commerce.  While the U.S. was busy celebrating Independence Day July 4 with barbecues and fireworks, the European Parliament was debating the future of the Privacy Shield deal. The conclusion? Today, Parliament voted for its suspension. The non-binding resolution was passed 303 to 223 votes, with 29 abstentions, and calls on the executive arm of the EU, the European Commission, to suspend t... Read More

FTC settles with company over false Privacy Shield claims

(Jul 3, 2018) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced Monday it has reached a settlement with a California-based company over allegations that it falsely claimed it was in the process of being certified for complying with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework. The ReadyTech Corporation, which provides online training services, claimed on its website that it was "in the process of certifying that we comply with" the framework, and though it had initiated an application to Shield in October 2016, the organiz... Read More

UK should open adequacy talks with EU immediately, MPs state

(Jul 3, 2018) The U.K. government should open talks with the European Commission to secure an adequacy decision immediately, according to a report from a U.K. Parliamentary committee. The U.K. Parliament's Exiting the European Union Committee, in its report, also said the government should accept the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union to help increase its chances of gaining adequacy status. Parliament members warned this kind of arrangement is unprecedented. "An adequacy decision is no... Read More