Privacy Shield not ready yet

Two working parties, ministers galore... but data transfer law remains in limbo The revelations by rogue NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden in 2013 caused indignant EU politicians to open a dialogue with the US government to update the data transfer regime to safeguard personal data. The Privacy Shield is the culmination of those discussions. The US's hands-off approach … Continue reading Privacy Shield not ready yet

US & Microsoft return to court over access to Dublin data

Finally, after going quiet for several months, the US Gov & Microsoft is set to return to court. The US government had obtained a court ruling under the US Stored Communications Act to allow it to gain access to data held in Microsoft's Dublin datacentre. Microsoft had resisted on the basis that Irish law should … Continue reading US & Microsoft return to court over access to Dublin data

Data, data, everywhere

Data is always a hot topic in the cloud sector. Customers constantly rate data security as their number one concern when considering cloud adoption. And the Snowden revelations of what the US government has been up to have turned the heat up on the data analysis. Data regulation haggling The new EU Data Protection Regulation is … Continue reading Data, data, everywhere

Microsoft Dublin – update on NY case?

St Patrick's Day seemed like an appropriate day for me to find out if there have been any further developments on the US government's attempts to get Microsoft to hand over data from its Dublin datacentre. Aside from the “friend of the court” / "amici curiae" briefs in support of Microsoft I reported on in … Continue reading Microsoft Dublin – update on NY case?

Cloud standards get closer: 5 topics for 2015

Cloud, Big Data, the Internet of Things are among the hottest topics that vendors are driving in 2015. In this 5-part series, I highlight five legal developments that are worth tracking. 5. Cloud standards get closer There are numerous attempts to introduce cloud standards. There are initiatives from the European Union, official standard-setting organisations such … Continue reading Cloud standards get closer: 5 topics for 2015

Google Spain case will get greater scrutiny: 5 topics for 2015

Cloud, Big Data, the Internet of Things are among the hottest topics that vendors are driving in 2015. In this 5-part series, I highlight five legal developments that are worth tracking. 4. Google Spain case will get greater scrutiny Last year Mr Costeja unintentionally achieved international fame, infamy even. The Court of Justice of the … Continue reading Google Spain case will get greater scrutiny: 5 topics for 2015

Massive data security fines get closer: 5 topics for 2015

Cloud, Big Data, the Internet of Things are among the hottest topics that vendors are driving in 2015. In this 5-part series, I highlight five legal developments that are worth tracking. 3. Massive data security fines get closer Every month there seems to be another story of data leaks or hacking. Or both. Aside from … Continue reading Massive data security fines get closer: 5 topics for 2015