Death of the internet or birth of better privacy?

Microsoft and Amazon have both revealed that they are building data centres in the EU. In Microsoft’s case, Deutsche Telekom will be the data “trustee”; I assume this is in part an anticipatory response to the ongoing Stored Communications Act lawsuit presently in progress in Dublin (in brief, a case to determine whether US government … Continue reading Death of the internet or birth of better privacy?

Schrems and Safe Harbour – it gets worse (where’s your data second reprise)

So this month we’ve seen the ECJ torpedo the Safe Harbour agreement which allows businesses handling personal data on EU citizens to transfer it to the US. I wrote about it here and here. The immediate effect was for affected businesses to look for other ways to legitimise carrying on as they had before, such … Continue reading Schrems and Safe Harbour – it gets worse (where’s your data second reprise)

Safe Harbor is officially dead. Now what? (Where’s your data: reprise)

A few days ago, I wrote about European Court of Justice Advocate General Yves Bot. He had decided that Facebook shouldn't have transferred data about an Austrian student to its US data centres. At the time, this was just an opinion. Now it's an official ruling by the ECJ. This is where it gets interesting. … Continue reading Safe Harbor is officially dead. Now what? (Where’s your data: reprise)

Where’s your data? A French magistrate may just have killed SafeHarbor.

If your company handles personal data, you’ve just been served a wake-up call by a Frenchman. Yves Bot, who serves as an Advocate General at the European Court of Justice, has just given an opinion – which is non-binding, but usually followed by the Court – to the effect that Facebook shouldn’t have stored an … Continue reading Where’s your data? A French magistrate may just have killed SafeHarbor.

Why do we let large businesses behave so badly?

Virgin Media want me to let them use my home internet connection so they can provide free wi-fi to other Virgin customers who may be passing. Presumably, in time, they will also charge non-Virgin customers for the same privilege, so generating revenue from an infrastructure I paid them to install. The incentive for me is, … Continue reading Why do we let large businesses behave so badly?

Never mind data protection, this is data protectionism

So it begins. Merkel blinked first, talking about protecting European personal data by keeping it in Europe. Now Brazil is about to pass a law making it mandatory to keep Brazilian citizens’ data within the country’s borders. At first glance, this is a kneejerk reaction to the Snowden revelations, intended to punish the US for … Continue reading Never mind data protection, this is data protectionism