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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

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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?

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Data Privacy Day – who cares?

Today is EU Data Privacy Day. Yes, I know, there's a special day for every day of the year so who cares? True. But here are 3 things to think about. 1. Massive data fines are on the way: 5% of global turnover. I talked about this before and today's a good day to (get your… Continue reading Data Privacy Day – who cares?

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Dispelling German data myths

UK and US cloud service providers know that Germany has considerable growth potential for cloud computing services but some say they have been told German data protection laws prohibit any data transfer to data centres outside Germany. This misunderstanding is often erroneously spread by people who haven't read the law or who are repeating internal… Continue reading Dispelling German data myths