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With GDPR imminent, it's crucial we tackle the biggest myths surrounding data regulation and cyber-security

With GDPR imminent, it's crucial we tackle the biggest myths surrounding data regulation and cyber-security

Lillian Pang addresses some of the most common misconceptions surrounding the new GDPR legislation

Investigatory Powers and Digital Economy Bills could threaten economy

Investigatory Powers and Digital Economy Bills could threaten economy

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Experts are claiming the Investigatory Powers (IP Bill) and Digital Economy (DEB) Bills could hurt the UK economy.

Tech big dogs enrolling in Privacy Shield

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Google and Dropbox are the latest US tech giants to register with the Privacy Shield.

Cross border computer probes gets nod in Switzerland

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The Swiss intelligence service received permission to begin tapping phones and monitoring emails following a vote in the nation's parliament and approval by a public referendum.

Will the Investigatory Powers Bill mean handing over the keys to the kingdom?

Will the Investigatory Powers Bill mean handing over the keys to the kingdom?

Nic Scott discusses how the IP Bill will fundamentally change the relationship between UK citizens and the government.

626 days to GDPR - the time to prepare is now

626 days to GDPR - the time to prepare is now

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A group of data protection experts gathered this morning in central Edinburgh to discuss the next steps for data protection in Scotland and agreed that we should all be preparing diligently for the GDPR.

China allows foreign tech firms to participate in creating cyber-security standards

China allows foreign tech firms to participate in creating cyber-security standards

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China has signaled an interest in a global approach to developing the country's cyber-security standards for foreign technology companies.

European Commission formally adopts EU-US Privacy Shield

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Approved last week, the European Commission has formally adopted the EU-US Privacy Shield agreement as a legal route to tranfer personal data from the EU to the US.

Court decisions erode Privacy Shield support

Court decisions erode Privacy Shield support

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The long-besieged Privacy Shield agreement proposed by US and European officials faces a new round of challenges following recent decisions by the US Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Court and the Supreme Court.

Intelligence court affirms FBI's right to search Americans' emails without a warrant

Intelligence court affirms FBI's right to search Americans' emails without a warrant

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In a declassified ruling, a federal judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) ruled that the FBI's search of Americans' emails without a warrant during criminal investigations is not contradictory to the Constitution or the FISA Amendments Act.

Concerns remain over Investigatory Powers Bill

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Fundamental concerns remain over what is described as a lack of clarity in the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill, with calls from industry bodies for earlier recommendations to be implemented.

ICYMI:; Backdoor concerns; TalkTalk losses; EBay exploit; Safe-Harbour 2; Malwarebytes flaw

ICYMI:; Backdoor concerns; TalkTalk losses; EBay exploit; Safe-Harbour 2; Malwarebytes flaw

The latest In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) looks at; Investigatory Powers Bill; TalkTalk woes continue; EBay exploit unfixed; EU-US Privacy Shield agreed; Malwarebytes apologises for flaw.

EU-US Safe Harbour agreed - for now

EU-US Safe Harbour agreed - for now

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A last minute agreement on EU-US Safe Harbour transatlantic data transfers has been announced, but civil liberties objections are expected by those who believe initial concerns are not fully addressed.

ICYMI: €50 m cyber-fraud; Codoso back; MS/US gov clash; Adultery extortionists; Apple's encryption key

ICYMI: €50 m cyber-fraud; Codoso back; MS/US gov clash; Adultery extortionists; Apple's encryption key

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The latest In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) looks at €50 m aeroplane cyber-fraud; Chinese cyber-espionage returns; MS resists US claim on data; Extortion of Ashley Maddison members; Apple iCloud Backup insecure.

Strasbourg approves unified approach to digital single market

Strasbourg approves unified approach to digital single market

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The European Parliament has approved its report, Towards a Digital Single Market Act, with cyber-security a major concern. We speak to Estonian MEP Kaja Kallas.

EU regulators to meet next month on Safe Harbour replacement

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Europe's data protection bodies will meet on 2 February on the data-transfer void left when Safe Harbour was ruled invalid by EU's Court of Justice in October.

UK doesn't undertake mass surveillance – Theresa May

UK doesn't undertake mass surveillance – Theresa May

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Defending the proposed 'Snooper's charter', Home Secretary Theresa May insisted the UK doesn't conduct mass surveillance, supports encryption and is introducing 'world-leading' legislation.

Dutch gov supports encryption, citing privacy, freedom of expression

Dutch gov supports encryption, citing privacy, freedom of expression

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As authorities in the US press for weakening encryption standards, the Netherlands government came out in support of encryption technologies.

China's legislature approves much maligned anti-terrorism law

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China's legislature approved an anti-terrorism law that was opposed by business groups, President Obama, and human rights organisations.

EU will have right to suspend data pact with US

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A suspension clause has been inserted into the proposed replacement of the Safe Harbour arrangement that would authorise the EU to suspend transfers should it suspect the US of not doing enough to guarantee the privacy of individuals' personal information.

Blocking Tor, additional terror laws in France may escalate chill effect

Blocking Tor, additional terror laws in France may escalate chill effect

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After the Paris shootings, France hastily passed emergency terror legislation to extend a state of emergency for three months and expands the government's law enforcement's broad surveillance powers.

Europol get new powers to target terrorists and cyber-gangs

Europol get new powers to target terrorists and cyber-gangs

Europe's police agency, Europol, is getting new powers to combat terrorism, cyber-crime and other cross-border threats, after more than 440 people were killed in terrorist attacks last month, including the Paris attacks.

ISSE Berlin: Germany to promote 'digital sovereignty'

ISSE Berlin: Germany to promote 'digital sovereignty'

Germany is stepping up its efforts to improve data and information security in the country and within the EU, drafting a German IT Security Act to clamp down on foreign surveillance activities.

Government surveillance in the dock

Government surveillance in the dock

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Government to drop contentious proposals in its revised draft Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act due to be published by the Home Office on Wednesday.

CISA - what are the international implications?

CISA - what are the international implications?

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The US congress just passed into law The Cyber-security Information Sharing Act, also known as CISA, in the last couple of days.

CISA Watch: Bill's critics not enough to overpower US government support

CISA Watch: Bill's critics not enough to overpower US government support

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With the Senate's opinion and vote solidified on the Cyber Information Sharing Act (CISA), most everyone weighed in with their thoughts via press release, Twitter and broad forum discussions.

ICYMI: GCHQ Password advice; Jihadi cabinet attack; Dridex hits UK; MS Irish data; ATM malware

ICYMI: GCHQ Password advice; Jihadi cabinet attack; Dridex hits UK; MS Irish data; ATM malware

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In this week's In Case You Missed It (ICYMI): GCHQ advises on passwords; Jihadi cabinet attack 'avoidable'; CERT UK aids Dridex targets; Data jurisdiction dispute; Multi-vendor ATM malware

Global think tank calls for global digital privacy

Global think tank calls for global digital privacy

The Diplomatic Council is calling for more transparency regarding government surveillance across the world.

Russia to reduce dependence on Western technology due to state security concerns

Russia to reduce dependence on Western technology due to state security concerns

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Fears of western technology sending information to intelligence services is encouraging Russia to consider banning hi-tech imports, but concerns include WTO fines - and ability to source local alternatives.

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