Cloud and conflicting privacy laws

One of the biggest dilemmas with cloud services is that in theory it shouldn't matter where your data is stored in the public cloud, just that it is secured appropriately, and only you get appropriate access and nobody else gets inappropriate access 😉 But it's much more complicated. Every country has its own laws about … Continue reading Cloud and conflicting privacy laws

EU ePrivacy Directive amendment

A recently passed amendment to the EU Privacy Directive will require Internet users' consent before cookies can be placed on their computers. This is part of a revised ePrivacy Directive that is close to enactment, that includes improvements on security breach, cookies and enforcement. The new provisions will bring vital improvements in the protection of … Continue reading EU ePrivacy Directive amendment

U.S. House Passes Data Breach Bill

Last week, U.S. House of Representatives legislators passed the Data Accountability and Trust Act (DATA), which requires security policies for consumer information, regulates the information broker industry, and establishes a national breach notification law. The bill now moves to the U.S. Senate, which is also considering a similar measure. Article here

Youth Justice Board anonymised data in UK

Seems that the Youth Justice Board has built a new system (Youth Justice Board Information System, YJBIS) that generates statistical information based on so called anonymous data in the UK. We get back to that old discussion, of "how anonymous is anonymous"? Not very if you strip identifying information but in certain circumstances the data … Continue reading Youth Justice Board anonymised data in UK

How much you earn is now public domain in Norway

It seems that Norway is following the lead of Sweden in making all tax records public in the call for transparency. This means that the earnings of every Norwegian citizen is available online and public. What do you think about this article? Personally as a Swedish resident myself and as a privacy avokat, I find … Continue reading How much you earn is now public domain in Norway

Great firewall of China filled with ‘twittering’ holes ;-)

On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen killings, social networking sites such as Twitter and the photo-sharing site Flickr were blocked in China in an attempt by the government to prevent online discussion on the subject. However twitterers were finding ways around this. Read more on BBC news.

Database State report

Excellent report by well-known subject matter experts in this field, including: Terri Dowty, Ian Brown and Ross Andersen. The report is commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd.