Press review about Privacy - Personal Data

[TheGuardian] Guardian and Washington Post win Pulitzer prize for NSA revelations

The Guardian and the Washington Post have been awarded the highest accolade in US journalism, winning the Pulitzer prize for public service for their groundbreaking articles on the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities based on the leaks of Edward Snowden. [...]

[Infosecurity] Microsoft Wins EU Data Protection Approval for Cloud

Microsoft has been given the stamp of approval from Europe for data security. The Article 29 Working Party, which represents the 28 national data protection agencies across the European Union, has determined that Microsoft’s enterprise cloud contracts meet the standard for privacy protection set forth in Europe’s data protections regulations. [...]

[FT] European Court of Justice rules EU data collection laws illegal

Europe’s top court has ruled that EU law forcing telecom operators to store customer data for up to two years was illegal, in a decision that will force a change to European privacy laws.

The European Court of Justice said on Tuesday that the requirement for companies to retain data interferes in a “particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data.”

[TheGuardian] EU court of justice overturns law that would enable 'snoopers' charter'

[...] In a judgment delivered on Tuesday, the ECJ, Europe's highest court, declared that the [data retention] directive is "invalid" because it "interferes in a particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data."

[Vieuws] Safe Harbor: Reding warns US that progress is needed before summer

Leading ICT journalist Jennifer Baker is joined by Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights & Citizenship, to discuss data protection regulation and the EU-US Safe Harbor agreement. [...]

[Gigaom] Brazilian lawmakers approve bill of online rights, minus local storage requirements

The lower house of Brazil’s Congress has approved the country’s first bill of online rights, the Marco Civil da Internet. If passed by the Senate and signed off by the president, the bill would entrench net neutrality in Brazilian law and limit the liability of web platforms if users upload certain types of unlawful content.

[RT] Snowden leak shows French telecom giant colluding with spooks

French telecommunications operator Orange S.A. has been cooperating “closely” with French security services in intelligence gathering operations, according to the most recent Snowden leak, Le Monde reports.

According to an internal document of the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) intelligence agency, France’s General Directorate for External Security (DGSE) has been closely coopering with “a French telecommunications operator,” which the French daily concludes is Orange S.A., formerly France Telecom S.A. […]

[TheGuardian] Yahoo, Google and Apple also claim right to read user emails

[...] The broad rights email providers claim for themselves has come to light following Microsoft's admission that it read a journalist's Hotmail account in an attempt to track down the source of an internal leak. But most webmail services claim the right to read users' email if they believe that such access is necessary to protect their property.

[TechDirt] US-EU Relations After Two Important Votes In European Parliament

Glyn Moody's analysis of the major outcomes of two important votes in the European Parliament, one on data protection and the other on NSA surveillance. With regard to data protection, the regulation, would restrict data transfers to non-EU countries, deterrent fines for companies that break the rules, better protection of data on the internet, e.g. introducing the right to have one's personal data erased.

[Wired] Snowden: Big revelations to come, reporting them is not a crime

[...] [Edward] Snowden, in his second remote talk in eight days [...] urged online businesses to encrypt their websites immediately. "The biggest thing that an internet company in America can do today, right now, without consulting lawyers, to protect users of the internet around the world is to enable web encryption on every page you visit," he said. [...]

He said securing our basic freedoms is not a partisan issue. "People who have enjoyed a free and open internet, it's up to us to preserve that liberty for the next generations."

[ComputerWorld] Data Protection, NSA Votes Won; Net Neutrality Next

Last week I asked people to write to their MEPs about two important votes in the European Parliament on Wednesday: one regarding data protection, the other surveillance. Lots of people obviously did that, and not just here in the UK: both votes went through with huge majorities. That's not to say that the results are perfect, but they are probably as good as we could have hoped for in the circumstances, and represent a real win for democracy in Europe given the bitter lobbying that was deployed against them. [...]

[Forbes] 'Privacy Will Be Something Only The Upscale Enjoy': 15 Predictions About Our Digital Future

The World Wide Web, birthed in a paper authored by Sir Tim Berners-Lee on March 12th, 1989, turns 25 today. After some gawky adolescent years, filled with fraud, lawlessness and technicolor gifs, it’s emerged as the defining force of today’s world. [...]

[ComputerworldUK] Please Contact MEPs: Big Votes in European Parliament

Two of the biggest stories over the last year have been data protection and - of course - Edward Snowden's revelations of massive spying by the NSA and GCHQ on all online activity in Europe (and elsewhere).

[NPR] If There's Privacy In The Digital Age, It Has A New Definition

Even staunch privacy advocates are concluding that it's impossible to protect personal data completely. The best hope for online privacy, they say, lies in legal safeguards that prevent abuse.