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By SafeGov Contributor, Bryan Cunningham. As the year changes, everyone makes lists. Here’s mine: the top 5 reasons the EU would be wrong to kill Safe Harbor. I hope EU politicians will resolve to consider them before dropping lumps of coal into their citizens’ privacy stockings. Their threat to terminate the Safe Harbor program: is… » read more

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By Jeff Gould, SafeGov. Today, the CNIL, France’s Data Protection Authority, announced that it will fine Google 150,000 Euros for its failure to comply with requests to modify its privacy policy to bring it in line with the French Data Protection Act. The CNIL stated: The company does not sufficiently inform its users of the… » read more

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By Jeff Gould, SafeGov Google says even non-Gmail users have “no legitimate expectation of privacy” when sending mail to Gmail users In a recent interview with SafeGov, Dr. Alexander Dix, Berlin’s Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, covered a broad range of data protection topics, focusing in particular on SafeGov’s proposal for Codes… » read more

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Survey Supports Stronger Privacy Protection for European School Children Today, after months of interviews with Data Protection Authorities and policymakers across Europe, SafeGov.org published the key findings that surfaced in these interviews related to protecting children’s privacy. The report was announced in a press release that also called for “online service providers, regulators, policymakers, schools… » 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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