A second Privacy Shield legal challenge increases threat to EU-US data flows

The Privacy Shield transatlantic data transfer deal is now caught in a pincer action: A week after it emerged that Irish digital rights activists had filed suit to annul the deal come reports that a French campaign group has begun its own legal action.

French civil liberties campaign group La Quadrature du Net filed suit against the European Commission, the European Union’s executive body, on Oct. 25.

Although the Court of Justice of the EU has not yet published details of the complaint, Brussels-based news agency Euractiv reported Thursday that La Quadrature’s goal is to annul the commission’s decision that Privacy Shield provides adequate protection under EU law when the personal information of EU citizens is transferred to the U.S. for processing.

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EU prepares to raise Privacy Shield over data transfers to US

European Union officials are set to give final approval to a new EU-U.S. data transfer agreement early next week, after member states gave their approval to an updated text on Friday.

Privacy Shield is intended to replace the Safe Harbor Agreement as a means to legalize the transfer of EU citizens’ personal information to the U.S. while still respecting EU privacy laws.

A new deal is needed because the Court of Justice of the EU invalidated the Safe Harbor Agreement last October, concerned that it provided Europeans with insufficient protection from state surveillance when companies exported their personal data to the U.S. for processing.

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What businesses should know about Privacy Shield

U.S. businesses may take some comfort from the fact that a successor to the Safe Harbor agreement has finally been named, but at this point, they shouldn’t get too comfortable.

Since it was first announced on Tuesday, the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement governing trans-Atlantic data transfers has elicited considerable concern, not least because it remains largely unwritten and unclear. Privacy watchdogs in Europe have cautioned that it can’t be relied upon for legal protection for several months; some say it won’t be enough even then.

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What businesses need to know about Privacy Shield

U.S. businesses may take some comfort from the fact that a successor to the Safe Harbor agreement has finally been named, but at this point, they shouldn’t get too comfortable.

Since it was first announced on Tuesday, the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement governing trans-Atlantic data transfers has elicited considerable concern, not least because it remains largely unwritten and unclear. Privacy watchdogs in Europe have cautioned that it can’t be relied upon for legal protection for several months; some say it won’t be enough even then.

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Salesforce erects Shield for better enterprise-app security

Security has been an increasingly dominant theme in the enterprise software chorus in recent months, and on Tuesday Salesforce added a new voice to the mix with Shield, a set of platform services designed to help companies build secure apps.

Designed as part of the Salesforce1 platform, Shield offers four security-minded components intended to make it easier for companies with regulatory, compliance or governance requirements to build cloud apps with built-in auditing, encryption, archiving and monitoring functions.

A platform encryption feature, for instance, means that companies can easily designate sensitive data to be encrypted while preserving key business capabilities and workflow. A health insurance company, say, could manage personally identifiable information (PII) and protected health information (PHI) without compromising its agents’ ability to perform key functions using that data, such as searching claims, determining coverage eligibility and approving payments.

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DARPA to help shield cloud networks from cyberattack

DARPA to help shield cloud networks from cyberattack
By John Edwards With cloud computing rapidly emerging as a critical Defense Department mission support platform, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is asking commercial and academic computer researchers to help build stronger cloud networks.
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OpenLogic scores M for new open PaaS
Solomon Hykes pointed out to me a few months ago, all PaaS providers are really just trying to disrupt the legacy application platform space. “If anything,” he said, “it's a net gain for everyone when a new solution brings something to the cloud camp.”
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Cloud brokering isn’t about commoditization
All of these benefits accrue at the software level, and you lose them all if you continue to build and maintain the "same old software" (single-tenant) and merely deploy that software to a multi-tenant IaaS platform. I'd be happy to see "IaaS brokers"
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