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Google says trade agreement amendment hinders security vulnerability research

Google says the US DoC amendments would massively hinder its own security research

Google hit out at the US Department of Commerce and the Bureau of Industry and Security this week over proposed amendments to trade legislation related to the Wassenaar Arrangement, a multilateral export control agreement, arguing they will negatively impact cybersecurity vulnerability research.

Will Chicago’s “cloud tax” affect enterprise cloud services elsewhere?

Chicago is taxing some cloud services, an increasing trend in the US in recent years

Financially troubled and looking to raise funds to plug a swelling hole in the city’s budgets, Chicago recently extended its existing tax laws to levy a 9 per cent surcharge on cloud-based entertainment streaming services like Netflix and Spotify as well as certain software services hosted on cloud platforms in the city. But will the tax laws in Chicago – and elsewhere – soon be stretched to include other cloud services?

USA Freedom Act passes ending bulk data collection

The USA Freedom Act will end bulk data gathering familiar to the PRISM programme and other NSA iniatiatives

The USA Freedom Act, a bipartisan bill aimed at reforming the US Patriot Act that would among other things end kind of bulk data collection Edward Snowden revealed two years ago, passed the House or Representatives by a wide margin this week. The move may be welcome news to both telcos and cloud service providers alike, many of which lobbied hard for US surveillance reform.

ISO 27018 and protecting personal information in the cloud: a first year scorecard

ISO 27018 has been around for a year - but is it effective?

A year after it was published, ISO 27018 – the first international standard focusing on the protection of personal data in the public cloud – continues, unobtrusively and out of the spotlight, to move centre stage as the battle for cloud pre-eminence heats up.

European Commission to reform mobile cloud services regulations – report

The EC is looking to create a level playing field in how telcos and mobile cloud service providers are regulated

The European Commission is considering plans to reform how mobile cloud service providers, also know as Over The Top (OTT) companies, are regulated, according to reports from the FT.

EU data protection authorities rubber-stamp AWS’ data processing agreement

EU data protection authorities have rubber-stamped AWS' data protection practices

The group of European Union data protection authorities, known as the Article 29 Working Party (WP29), has approved AWS’ Data Processing Agreement, which the company said would help reassure customers it applies high standard of security and privacy in handling their data, whether moved inside or out of the EU.

US Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights doesn’t not go too far enough, critical supporters say

The US White House introduced another draft of its Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, which drew sharp criticism from across the political spectrum

Three years after it first proposed such a move the White House has introduced a draft Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights (CPBR) that would give consumers clearer and more guarantees on how personal data is protected by organisations – regardless of the sector those organisations operate in. The draft bill seems to be taking heat from all sides, and if adopted it would bring US policy on privacy protection in the age of big data more in line with the draft legislation in Europe.

Google defends its use of data, points finger at governments

Whetstone defended Google'e approach to managing customer data while acknowledging the firm hasn't always got it right

Google’s senior vice president communications and public policy Rachel Whetstone has defended the company’s evolving strategy on collecting and managing personal data, but said governments need to reform how they seek data from private firms and one another.

US lawmakers propose reforms to limit government’s reach over cloud data

US lawmakers are responding to repeated calls to bring its approach to privacy up to scratch in an age when data is borderless

US lawmakers have this week introduced two bipartisan bills that seek to limit the reach of US courts over data stored in cloud services located outside the US, a move welcomed by a broad coalition of technology and telecoms firms.

Privacy compliance in apps – an important agenda item in 2015

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Rafi Azim-Khan, partner & head of Data Privacy, Europe and Steven Farmer, Counsel Pillsbury Law, discuss aspects of data privacy application developers should be taking into account ahead of the European data privacy policy reforms fast approaching.

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