The Department of Defense and the General Services Administration, which together spend more than $500 billion annually on information technology, have released a joint report to the White House recommending steps to upgrade the cybersecurity requirements of acquisitions of information technology and services throughout the federal government.
On the heels of 2014 predictions from the U.S.-based Of Digital Interest (ODI) editorial team, following are some predictions from our London-based editor, Rohan Massey…
On January 29, 2014, the National Security Agency (“NSA”) announced that Rebecca Richards has been appointed to serve as the NSA’s new Civil Liberties and Privacy Officer. Ms. Richards, who previously worked as the Senior Director for Privacy Compliance at the Department of Homeland Security, will advise the NSA Director on civil liberties and privacy issues and implement reforms in those areas.
On Data Protection Day, EU Commissioner Viviane Reding introduced the so-called “Data Protection Compact”, her 8 principles of Data Protection that should govern the way personal data is processed by the public and the private sector.
In the first case of its kind (that I am aware of), the California Attorney General’s office filed a complaint against the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. (“Kaiser”) alleging a violation of California’s “unfair competition law” (Business and Professions Code sections 17200-17210) arising out of a personal information security breach and delayed notification.
Developing on the European Cloud strategy, ‘Unleashing the potential of Cloud Computing in Europe’ released in 2012, the European Commission has released a memo to foster greater support for cloud computing services in Europe, with the ambition for Europe to become the world’s leading trusted cloud region and a harmonious single market for cloud computing known as ‘Fortress Europe’.
Data Protection Day in Europe, 28 January 2014, saw the announcement by EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding of a more precise timetable for the adoption of the EU’s data protection reform package, comprising a Regulation governing general data protection and a Directive governing the use of personal data in the area of law enforcement and crime.
On January 28, 2014, the Federal Court of Justice of Germany clarified the scope of a data subject’s right of access to personal data in the context of credit scoring.
Mark Zuckerberg famously stated that the purpose of Facebook is “to make the world more open and connected,” and indeed Facebook, other social media outlets and the Internet in general have brought worldwide openness and connection-through-sharing to levels unparalleled at any point in history.
The Mexican data protection authority, the Institute of Access to Information and Data Protection (the IFAI), has issued data security guidelines for businesses to ensure measures are implemented to comply with the data security provisions of the Mexican data protection law, the Federal Law on the Protection of Personal Data in the Possession of Private Parties (the Federal Law).