By Kelvin Chan The Associated Press Wed., Oct. 24, 2018 BRUSSELS—The head of Apple on Wednesday endorsed tough privacy laws for both Europe and the U.S. and renewed the technology giant’s commitment to protecting personal data, which he warned was being “weaponized” against users. Speaking at an international conference on data privacy, Apple CEO Tim Cook applauded European Union authorities for bringing in a strict new data privacy law this year and said the iPhone maker supports a U.S. federal privacy law. Cook’s remarks, along with comments due later from Google and Facebook top bosses, in the European Union’s home base in Brussels, underscore how the U.S. tech giants are jostling to curry favour in the region as regulators tighten their scrutiny. Data protection has become a major political issue worldwide, and European regulators have led the charge in setting new rules for the big internet companies. The EU’s new … [Read more...] about Apple CEO backs privacy laws, warns data being ‘weaponized’
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By Jim Bronskill The Canadian Press Mon., Aug. 20, 2018 OTTAWA—Canada’s police chiefs are pressing the Trudeau government to sign a new electronic data-sharing agreement with the United States to overcome hurdles in the fight against crimes ranging from fraud to cyberterrorism. But the government and the federal privacy commissioner say more consultation and study are needed to ensure appropriate protection of personal information before taking such a step. The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police recently passed a resolution urging the federal government to negotiate an updated sharing agreement with the U.S. The say cross-border access to information is one of the most pressing issues for law enforcement agencies. The chiefs see an opportunity for a virtual leap forward following Washington’s passage of the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act. The new law allows the U.S. to sign bilateral agreements with other countries to … [Read more...] about Police chiefs push for new data-sharing treaty with U.S. as privacy questions linger
BRUSSELS: Jehovah's Witnesses must obtain consent from people before they take down their personal details during door-to-door preaching in order to comply with EU data privacy rules, Europe's top court ruled on Tuesday.The case arose after Finland in 2013 banned Jehovah's Witnesses from collecting personal data during door-to-door visits.The U.S.-based Christian denomination, which says it has more than 8 million followers worldwide, challenged the decision, saying that its preaching should be considered a personal religious activity and as such the notes taken down during such visits are also personal.A Finnish court subsequently asked the Luxembourg-based Court of the Justice of the European Union (ECJ) for advice, which said on Tuesday that such religious activity is not covered by exemptions granted to personal activity."A religious community, such as the Jehovah's Witnesses, is a controller, jointly with its members who engage in preaching, for the processing of personal data … [Read more...] about EU court says Jehovah’s Witnesses must comply with data privacy laws in door-to-door preaching
FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS/PARIS: Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been billed as the biggest shake-up of data privacy laws since the birth of the web.There's one problem: many of the regulators who will police it say they aren't ready yet.The pan-EU law comes into effect this month and will cover companies that collect large amounts of customer data including Facebook and Google. It won't be overseen by a single authority but instead by a patchwork of national and regional watchdogs across the 28-nation bloc.Seventeen of 24 authorities who responded to a Reuters survey said they did not yet have the necessary funding, or would initially lack the powers, to fulfill their GDPR duties."We've realized that our resources were insufficient to cope with the new missions given by the GDPR," Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, president of France's CNIL data privacy watchdog, said in an interview.She, like some other regulators, was pressing her government for a substantial increase in … [Read more...] about European regulators: We’re not ready for new privacy law
By Frank Bajak The Associated Press Wed., April 4, 2018 For the first time, the U.S. government has publicly acknowledged the existence in Washington of what appear to be rogue devices that foreign spies and criminals could be using to track individual cellphones and intercept calls and messages. The use of what are known as cellphone-site simulators by foreign powers has long been a concern, but American intelligence and law enforcement agencies — which use such eavesdropping equipment themselves — have been silent on the issue until now. In a March 26 letter to Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, the Department of Homeland Security acknowledged that last year it identified suspected unauthorized cell-site simulators in the nation’s capital. The agency said it had not determined the type of devices in use or who might have been operating them. Nor did it say how many it detected or where. Read more: Two years after they said they didn’t, Toronto police … [Read more...] about U.S. says it suspects Stingray cellphone spying devices have been used in Washington D.C.