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75% of apps not compliant under EU data protection rules

Outsourcery: 'Cloud service providers risk tighter regulation and slower uptake'

Research from Netskope has claimed more than 75% of business apps lack key capabilities to ensure compliance under EU General Data Protection Regulation.

Dropbox opens Hamburg office to reduce US/EU data concerns

Dropbox Germany

Dropbox has announced the opening of its latest European office, branching into the German market ahead of plans to open a new data centre in Europe latter in the year.

What happens to EU General Data Protection Regulation if the UK votes for a Brexit?


Businesses warned not to give up on data reforms just because UK could quit Europe

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.

CSOs to benefit from EU data protection reform but cloud vendors may struggle to capitalise

CSOs are likely to benefit from the EU data protection policy overhaul

The EU will soon impose data protection legislation reforms in a bid to ensure more robust privacy guarantees and unify the data protection law across European member states. Peter Groucutt, managing director at cloud-based backup service provider Databarracks said the move will likely mean enterprises will be more willing to double down on IT security. But are cloud vendors in a position to capitalise on a potential boom in IT security spending?

Google’s ‘right to deletion’ form opens up can of worms

Google recently added a form that allows users to request their personal data be deleted or de-indexed, but making private companies solely responsible for deciding the validity of such claims opens up a can of worms

Web giant Google announced the launch of a form that will allow internet users to request their names be removed from search results using its platform in response to recent a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union. But some privacy advocates say making companies like Google solely responsible for deciding on the validity of said claims leaves the system open to abuse and unfair bias.

Half of UK businesses “lack basic knowledge” of incoming EU data protection laws

A recently published survey suggest many UK businesses are still in the dark about how the recently approved EU Data Protection Act, which could come into force before the year's end, will impact them

A recently published survey of 850 senior IT decision makers across Europe revealed a lack of basic knowledge about the EU Data Protection Act, with 50 per cent of the 250 British IT decision makers polled “completely unaware” of the impending regulation. The results could have serious implications for providers of cloud services and their customers, particularly those that handle large volumes of personal data.

Australia’s data privacy laws come into force as providers struggle with data management

The Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012, an amendment to the Privacy Act 1988, comes into force today, with wide-reaching impact on Australian organisations and companies operating in the region

An amendment to Australia’s Privacy Act, the biggest overhaul to the country’s data privacy policies in 25 years comes into effect Wednesday and is expected to have a big impact on cloud and communications service providers, and indeed any firm collecting, processing or storing personal information. The law takes effect as these service providers continue to struggle with preventing data privacy breaches.

EU proposes reforms to relieve tension between data protection and mass surveillance

MEPs are urging the EU to swiftly clarify the legal framework governing data protection and transatlantic data transfers

Two members of European Parliament, Claude Moraes (MEP, Labour) and Jan-Philipp Albrecht (MEP, Green Party), have proposed a number of legal initiatives to the EU Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) to address growing tension between US mass surveillance activities and EU data protection reform efforts. The MEPs said the mechanisms will help give certainty to what are currently legal grey areas as well as restore trust and transparency in transatlantic data transfers.

Kroes calls for education and employment reform

Kroes calls for education and employment reform

European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, this week outlined her intentions to transform education across the EU using information and communications technology (ICT). Kroes, along with the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport, Media and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou, plan to unveil new proposals to reform education in Europe next week.