In a landmark ruling today the Court of Justice of the European Union found that the current 'Safe Harbor' agreement (which underpins the vast majority of the transfer of data from the EU to the US) is invalid. This ruling strikes an important blow for data protection for EU citizens.
Safe Harbor has long been used by large corporations to justify transferring data out of UK and EU datacentres, into US based locations. By using "Safe Harbor", companies agree to be bound by the same restrictions as they have in the US, despite not being explicitly required to do so by US law.
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National Press Releases
Tuesday, 6 October, 2015 - 13:15
In a landmark ruling today the Court of Justice of the European Union found that the current 'Safe Harbor' agreement (which underpins the vast majority of the transfer of data from the EU to the US) is invalid. This ruling strikes an important blow for data protection for EU citizens....
Thursday, 17 September, 2015 - 14:30
The Conservative government are running a consultation on Freedom of Information laws. David Cameron wants to introduce fees - some reaching as high as £600 - for those exercising their rights to see what their elected representatives are doing on their behalf.
In a consultation that ends tomorrow, the government is essentially trying to force through changes, with little fanfare, and almost no media coverage. This suggestion to introduce fees was not a recommendation of the Justice Select Committee's comprehensive review of FOI in 2012, and has been created by the government...
Sunday, 23 August, 2015 - 12:15
Due to the continued secrecy around the Trans-Atlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) many around the UK do not yet understand how dangerous such a deal is and the ways in which it would impact them.
A day of action took place yesterday and representatives of the Pirate Party attended the 38 Degrees Anti-TTIP demonstration in Salford & Eccles to drag these negotiations into the light.
We already know that TTIP proposes to "harmonise" (aka deregulate) Europe to fit in with the USA. An every-day effect we would see is in our food. In Europe any substance placed into...
Monday, 10 August, 2015 - 23:15
In what is effectively a forerunner to the controversial Care.data project from NHS England Pharmacies (including of course Boots, Tesco and Superdrug) will now have access to patient’s confidential data (the so called 'Summary Care Record'). This is being rolled out across England following a pilot scheme in 140 pharmacies where almost 2000 patient’s records were accessed.
However, despite that, only 15 patient evaluation forms were received showing a lack of understanding and engagement from patients. Equally there was confusion from pharmacists about the confidential nature of...
Thursday, 6 August, 2015 - 09:00
Our Government has always been one step behind when trying to legislate for technology. Since the Computer Misuse Act 1990 we've had very broad definitions of what can constitute a punishment under the law. Now the Intellectual Property Office is continuing this bad trend while blurring the lines between the different kinds of copyright breach. A consultation has been launched that threatens to increase existing criminal penalties for online file sharing from a maximum of 2 years, to a maximum of 10 years' imprisonment.
The "Consultation on the changes to the penalties for offences...