Feeds

Police just rubber-stamping US data slurp

Failing to follow the law

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Members of the European Parliament have condemned the first six months of data sharing with US terror spooks as an abject failure of data protection.

The SWIFT agreement gives US authorities access to Europeans' banking information, but MEPs were told that in the first six months of operation data requests were so abstract it was impossible to tell if they complied with data protection rules or not.

The MEPs said Europol's rubber stamping of data requests was a betrayal of promises made last year.

Sophia in 't Veld, a Dutch MEP and rapporteur on the US-EU Passenger Name Record agreement, said: "We have given our trust to the other EU institutions, but our trust has been betrayed. This should be kept in mind when they want our approval for other agreements."

Lib Dem MEP for London Sarah Ludford said putting Europol in charge of data exchanges was like putting a fox in charge of the chicken coop.

The MEPs were examining the first six months under the new programme which saw four data requests go through.

These requests were so abstract it was not possible to tell if they complied with the agreement. Europol said it had received extra information orally from US spooks, which persuaded them to hand over the information.

But we don't know what these whispers were, so there's no way of knowing if the requests followed the rules set out in the Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme (TFTP) Agreement.

The MEPs statement of SWIFT is here. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Protecting against web application threats using SSL
SSL encryption can protect server‐to‐server communications, client devices, cloud resources, and other endpoints in order to help prevent the risk of data loss and losing customer trust.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.