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By SafeGov Contributor, Tracy Mitrano. Adoption of harmonised requirements for accessibility will also help the European Union on legal access fronts. Harmonised requirements remove barriers and incentivise the exchange of information across countries. These efforts complement the needed reform of Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties that govern the exchange of information for law enforcement purposes. To… » read more

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Cloud computing allows dramatic flexibility in information processing—and on a global basis. Its technology permits data transmissions that span the globe. Computing activities now shift from country-to-country depending on load capacity, time of day, and a variety of other factors. These decisions are sometimes made in real time and by machines rather than humans. The… » read more

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European regulators have decided to pursue joint legal action against Google in the most coordinated effort to date against the Internet services provider by national regulatory authorities. In October, European Union privacy authorities requested changes to the Google’s unified privacy policy, critiquing the policy’s lack of transparency and clear user choice. The recent announcement, a… » read more

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Europe’s Data Protection Authorities have made a bold new move in their long-running fight to compel changes in Google’s controversial privacy policy. After repeated warnings that the policy violates the rights of European users and persistent indifference from Google, six of the 27 members of the EU’s Article 29 Working Party of national Data Protection… » read more

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SafeGov recently had the opportunity to speak with the Inspector General of the Polish Data Protection Authority (Ochrony Danych Osobowych), Wojciech Wiewiórowski. Below is an edited transcript of our conversation. EU Data Protection Regulation and the Future of Safe Harbor Q: The proposed new EU Data Protection Regulation currently under debate will replace the 1995… » read more

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I attended the recent Europe Data Protection Congress in Brussels hosted by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). After three days of attending sessions, listening to some of the best-known European experts speak about data protection and privacy, and talking to dozens of other attendees, I walked away with one very clear observation: European… » read more

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This interview was conducted by SafeGov with Norwegian Data Protection Commissioner Director Bjørn Erik Thon in Oslo in early October 2012. Thon has been the Commissioner for two years. Prior to that he worked for the Norwegian equivalent of the Federal Trade Commission. The Norwegian Data Protection Authority was created 30 years ago. It has… » read more

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