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French, German ministers demand new encryption backdoor law

A meeting this week between the interior ministers of France and Germany has focused on the issue of encryption and its potential impact on security. In the lead-up to the meeting and in subsequent public comments from the ministers, they both made repeated mention of the issue of data encryption, even calling out the app …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Aug 2016
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UK membership of Council of Europe has implications for data protection after Brexit

Comment There are whispers circulating in the aether that if PrivacyShield is deemed adequate for transfers of personal data from the European Union(EU) to the USA, then in a post-Brexit Britain, something akin to PrivacyShield can allow for adequate transfers of personal data to the UK. Such an “adequacy” determination would mean …
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Eurocrats to pore over Apache, KeePass code

The Apache HTTP server and KeePass password manager are to get a free code audit, courtesy of a pilot European Commission project. The EC-FOSSA (free and open source software auditing project) pilot was conceived by the European parliament in 2014, and given €1 million to work with. As well as code audits, it's got the …
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European Commission straps on Privacy Shield

The European Commission has this morning adopted the EU-US Privacy Shield agreement, which will enter into force as soon as all member states are notified of the adequacy decision (PDF). Privacy Shield, which has been adopted after months of negotiations, is an agreement between the EU and the US which ostensibly ensures that …

Don't doubt it, Privacy Shield is going to be challenged in court

Analysis The European Union's attempts to make data transfers to the United States compliant with privacy laws are an opaque exercise, so much is obvious, but will they work? It's clear that it is necessary to retain the Transatlantic data trade – in economic terms, but also as a means of preventing the Balkanization of the internet. …

Post-Safe Harbor: Adobe fined for shipping personal info to the US 'without any legal basis'

A German regulator has fined three companies for failing to change the way they share people's personal information following the invalidation of the Safe Harbor agreement last year. The Hamburg Data Commissioner fined Adobe €8,000 ($9,084), Pepsi subsidiary Punica €9,000 ($10,220) and Unilever €11,000 ($12,491) because they …
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Jun 2016

Uber, AirBNB: Lay off 'em, EC tells member states

The European Commission wants member countries to apply a light regulatory touch to “collaborative economy platforms” such as Uber and AirBnB and to ban as a last resort only. The Commission thinks the new gig economy suppliers can make an important contribution to jobs and growth, if - our italics - they are “encouraged and …
Drew Cullen, 02 Jun 2016

Are EU having a laugh? Europe passes hopeless cyber-commerce rules

Analysis The European Commission (EC) has approved a series of ecommerce rules designed to make Europe more competitive online. In true European fashion however, the proposals contain a lengthy series of inconsistent compromises and avoid altogether the most complex policy issues, making them largely worthless. Vice-President for the …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 May 2016
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Half of EU members sidle up to EC: About the data-sharing rules. C'mon. Chill out

Ministers from half of the European Union's 28 member states have signed a letter asking the EU Commission to drop its “barriers to the free flow of data”. The letter was sent to the EU's digitally focused folk ahead of Wednesday, when the commission will publish the findings of its inquiry into online platforms (“search …

Europe adopts new cybersecurity rules for key players

The European Council has adopted new cybersecurity rules to make networks and information services across the European Union safer and more secure. The network and information security (NIS) directive [PDF] will require providers of essential services – such as energy, transport, health and finance – and "digital service …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 May 2016
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Not OK, Google! FTC urged to thrust antitrust probe into Android

Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog is calling on the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to follow the European Union's lead and bring antitrust charges against Google Android. The group said that following the European Commission's statement of objections this week against the Chocolate Factory, it would like to see the FTC put …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Apr 2016
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EC cooking up rules change for aggressive tax avoiders

The European Commission is reported to be updating its planned rules for tackling aggressive tax planning. Brussels’ legislators are understood to be updating existing tax plans that would force companies to say where their money is held. Under the proposed rules, firms operating in EU member states with a turnover of more …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Apr 2016

EU pushes probe up Google's ad alley

The European Union (EU) is pushing forward with its probe into Google/Alphabet's dominance of the online ad market, with the commissioner in charge suggesting formal charges are on the way. Margrethe Vestager spoke to The Wall Street Journal the day before getting on a plane to visit the US, and said her team was "advancing" …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Apr 2016
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Hue, not Three, could be Hutchison’s crown jewel as MNO model morphs

The European Commission has two months to decide whether to allow the takeover of Telefonica’s O2 UK arm by CK Hutchison, owner of 3UK, and if it does, what conditions will be imposed. One of the most likely demands will be for the merged entity to divest some of its infrastructure for a new entrant, or at least to earmark a …
Wireless Watch, 04 Apr 2016

Security education outfit EC-Council dishes out ransomware online

Senior threat intelligence man Yonathan Klijnsma says the website of the EC-Council, the organisation responsible for the Ethical Hacker certification, is serving the dangerous Angler exploit kit to infect PCs. Klijnsma of Dutch firm Fox-IT says the website was serving the world's most highly-capable and dangerous exploit kit …
Darren Pauli, 24 Mar 2016
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Lessons from history for UK Home Sec Theresa May's Investigatory Powers Bill

IPB “Let me be clear,” Theresa May said on the introduction of the Investigatory Powers Bill in Blighty, “the draft Bill we are publishing today is not a return to the draft Communications Data Bill of 2012.” She was referring to the previous, the UK's previous coalition government's attempt at a Snoopers' Charter. This was true …
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Rights warriors slam US-Europe pact on personal info slurp, urge reforms

Civil liberty groups have decried the new Privacy Shield agreement that covers people's personal data flowing between Europe and the United States. The rights warriors argue that there needs to be "substantial reforms" to it in order to protect individuals' fundamental rights. In a letter [PDF] to a number of top-ranking …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Mar 2016
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VMware second-in-command quits for venture cap land

Amid a flurry of senior personnel changes, VMware is parting with a long serving exec that joined when it was a fledgling virty biz. President and chief operations officer Carl Eschenbach is set to head out of the door marked exit, staff were told today in an internal memo. The company confirmed to us he is quitting …
Paul Kunert, 01 Mar 2016
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Randomness is a lottery, so why not use a lottery for randomness?

A group of French cryptographers reckons public lotteries are the perfect seed for elliptic curve cryptography. The group from company CryptoExperts and boffins from the Laboratoire de Mathematiques de Versailles in the University of Paris-Saclay playfully calls the scheme the “Million Dollar Curve” (modest in a world where …

'Leave' or 'Stay' in the referendum? UK has to implement GDPR either way

Opinion “In” or “out”, the UK has to implement the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This is important given that some organisations might think that a “Leave” vote might change matters with respect to the GDPR compliance (especially as the Cabinet minister responsible for GDPR implementation, John Whittingdale, is a prominent …

Europe whips out tool to get a grip on govts jerking around the web

The European Commission (EC) has published a beta version of its new internet governance tool, called the Global Internet Policy Observatory (GIPO). GIPO has been a year in the making after it signed a contract back in December 2014 to create a tool that would "address the main challenges of the multi-stakeholder governance of …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Feb 2016

Uber, Taskrabbit, other Silicon Valley darlings urge Europe not to screw their business

Uber, AirBnB, Taskrabbit and another 44 online businesses built around the "sharing economy" have written to the European Union urging politicians not to limit their development through new laws. In a letter [PDF] addressed to Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte, currently president of the EU, the companies argue that they are " …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Feb 2016

Let Europeans sue America for slurping their data – US Senate

European citizens will soon win the right to sue the US government for snatching their personal and private data. On Tuesday, the US Senate passed the Judicial Redress Act, which is a critical jigsaw piece for the new Privacy Shield agreement that governs the exchange of people's personal information over the Atlantic. The …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Feb 2016
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HMRC is to tax OpenStack cloud with UK citizens' data

Britain’s taxman has embraced OpenStack for a fledgling cross-channel digital tax service. HMRC is rolling out its vaunted multi-channel digital tax platform (MDTP) on OpenStack from relatively unknown cloud start up DataCentred. That means what was once billed as a Linux for the cloud has become the web and data centre …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Feb 2016

Getting a grip on Puppet: A guide for beginners

QA's Kat McIvor will be taking to the stage at Continuous Lifecycle London to talk about automating security. But her skills don't end there. If config management's your thing, here's Kat's take on getting started with Puppet. Puppet is another configuration management tool available as part of the DevOps toolbox. It uses a …
Kat McIvor, 09 Feb 2016
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Europe makes it rain for cloud biz: £30m of gold showered on BT, IBM etc

The European Commission has announced what companies will supply the organization with its new cloud services. Contracts were broken out into three "lots," covering a private cloud setup, public cloud setup, and platform-as-a-service, for which it will pay a total of €34.6m (US$38.5m, £26.6m). Despite having received 20 …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Feb 2016
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Yes or no: D@RE is a bonkers name for EMC's enterprise encryption

With ECS v2.2, EMC has improved its storage efficiency, searchability and security, we're told. EMC's ECS (elastic cloud storage) is a software-defined, object-based cloud storage platform that can scale up to exabyte levels. The company launched ECS, previously known as Project Nile, in May, 2014. ECS 2.2 adds three things …
Chris Mellor, 05 Feb 2016
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Row over GCHQ-built voice algo MIKEY SAKKE rumbles on

GCHQ has defended its controversial MIKEY-SAKKE phone encryption protocol against criticism that it leaves a backdoor into systems that support the technology. The CESG assurance arm of the UK government’s signal intelligence agency has taken the unusual step of publishing a background document and FAQ in defence of the …
John Leyden, 04 Feb 2016
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Europe wants end to anonymous Bitcoin transactions

The European Commission (EC) wants to end anonymous trading in virtual currencies in order to help track terror groups's funding. The EC yesterday published an Action Plan to strengthen the fight against the financing of terrorism (PDF) that says criminals are quick to seek out new ways of moving money that offer lower risk of …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Feb 2016
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Safe Harbor crunch time: Today's the day to hammer out privacy deal

US and EC (European Commission) officials have until the end of the day today to reach a new Safe Harbor agreement or risk a breakdown of transatlantic e-commerce. Despite furious efforts over three months and, for the past few weeks, daily meetings between officials, the two sides are still reportedly at loggerheads over two …
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Feb 2016

Senate marks Data Privacy Day with passage of critical bill for Safe Harbor

The US Senate has celebrated Data Privacy Day by passing a critical piece of legislation that will extend US privacy rights to Europeans. The Judicial Redress Act passed the Senate's Judiciary Committee on Thursday, putting it in front of the full Senate and making it a virtual certainty to become law. The Act will extend the …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Jan 2016
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Facebook CSO slams RSA Conf for repping 'the worst parts of the security industry'

Usenix Enigma Facebook's chief security officer Alex Stamos is not a man to mince words. Today, he delivered a stinging rebuke to the RSA Conference, due to be held in San Francisco next month. "In my opinion, RSA represents some of the worse parts of the security industry in its direction and it's not very helpful," he told attendees at …
Iain Thomson, 27 Jan 2016
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Clock's ticking: Euro Commission considers Dell-EMC megacorp

EMC/Dell deal Competition authorities at the European Commission will either rubber-stamp Dell’s proposed $67bn slurp of EMC by the end of next month or launch a full-blown probe. The largest buy in tech history is expected to close between May and October, according to the companies - but this is assuming anti-trust regulators approve it …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jan 2016
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Safe Harbor 2.0: US-Europe talks on privacy go down to the wire

United States and European Commission officials have promised they are doing everything possible to reach agreement over transatlantic data-sharing before a critical deadline at the end of this week. After the Safe Harbor agreement – put in place in 2000 – was struck down by Europe's highest court back in October due to NSA …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Jan 2016

Qualcomm tries to figure out if Apple, Samsung made it anti-trusted

Sick of the slings and arrows of antitrust regulators, Qualcomm is demanding to know what its tattling customers have been saying to South Korea's Fair Trade Commission. In subpoenas [PDF, PDF] filed in the US District Court of Northern California last week, Qualy demands internal memos and documents from Samsung, Apple, Intel …

Feel like you got ripped off online? This is for you

A new online platform that will resolve problems between European consumers and online retailers will open Saturday. The online dispute resolution (ODR) service will allow people who have bought goods or services online and then had a problem with them to have their issue resolved through third-party referees and without …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Jan 2016
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Juniper's VPN security hole is proof that govt backdoors are bonkers

Juniper's security nightmare gets worse and worse as experts comb the ScreenOS firmware in its old NetScreen firewalls. Just before the weekend, the networking biz admitted there had been "unauthorized" changes to its software, allowing hackers to commandeer equipment and decrypt VPN traffic. In response, Rapid7 reverse …
Iain Thomson, 23 Dec 2015

How to log into any backdoored Juniper firewall – hard-coded password published

The access-all-areas backdoor password hidden in some Juniper Networks' Netscreen firewalls has been published. Last week it was revealed that some builds of the devices' ScreenOS firmware suffer from two severe security weaknesses: one allows devices to be commandeered over SSH and Telnet, and the other allows encrypted VPN …
Iain Thomson, 21 Dec 2015
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EC fires antitrust charges at Qualcomm over its pricing tactics

Loss-making mobile chip blueprint scribbler Qualcomm was today slapped with antitrust charges by the European Commission for allegedly using bully-boy tactics to snuff out the competition. The EC complained that since 2011 the US designer illegally sent “significant” bags of cash to a “major” smartphone and tab maker that …
Paul Kunert, 08 Dec 2015

Safe Harbor solution not coming any time soon, says Dutch minister

A solution to the Safe Harbor data framework will not hit its January 2016 deadline, raising the possibility of large fines levied against companies like Facebook in the New Year. That's according to Dutch justice minister Ard van der Steur, who has published a lengthy response to Parliamentary questions on the issue. Van der …
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Dec 2015
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UK will pay EU £180m in fines due to botched CAP IT system – NAO

The UK may have to pay Europe up to £180m per year in fines due to the botched implementation of the 'digital by default' IT system for farmers' Common Agricultural Payments - the National Audit Office has said today. In March this year plans to make the system online-only were scrapped following the failure of the online …
Kat Hall, 01 Dec 2015
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Small Euro telco lobby group births small Euro telco lobby group

ECTA Regulatory Conf '15 "We’re not going to pilot the first generation of VR games because the infrastructure isn’t good enough," according to the European Commission's head of broadband, Anna Krzyzanowska, who added: "That might be one of the greatest opportunities lost in the current time." The EC's policy wonk made the comment during a discussion …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Nov 2015

Brussels paws Android map apps to see if they displace Euro rivals – report

The European Commission has reportedly widened the scope of its investigation into Google's alleged anti-competitive Android operating system tactics in the 28-member-state bloc. According to Bloomberg, officials at the antitrust wing of the European Commission have fired off missives to companies seeking their views on …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Nov 2015

Brussels flings out Safe Harbour guidelines, demands 'safer' new framework ASAP

The Oxford Dictionary states the following for its definition of the word "safe": "Protected from or not exposed to danger or risk; not likely to be harmed or lost." On Friday morning, Brussels' vice-president Andrus Ansip got a little tautological by once again calling for a "safer" Safe Harbour agreement between the European …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Nov 2015

Safe Harbor 2.0: Judges to keep NSA spying in check – EU justice boss

The NSA's blanket surveillance of Europeans will be subject to judicial review, according to EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová. At a committee meeting of the European Parliament this week, Jourová provided details of the replacement to the struck-down safe harbor framework, which until this month allowed people's personal …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Oct 2015
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Isilon software on Dell hardware – could it really be true?

El Reg was kindly sent a note about an EMC virtual event plus a Commtech session in Ireland, suggesting that scale-out filer Isilon array functionality could be available as software-only running on Dell servers. There is an Expand the Data Lake virtual event to be run by EMC on 10 November. You will find a teaser video on …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2015

Web giants, Sir Tim slam Europe's net neutrality rules on eve of vote

Netflix, Reddit, Tumblr, Kickstarter and other tech companies, as well as the creator of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, are urging European politicians not to vote in favor of net neutrality regulations on Tuesday. Both have sent letters highlighting a number of "loopholes" that have been introduced as the …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Oct 2015

Euro privacy warriors: You've got until January to fix safe harbor mess – or we unleash hell

Europe's privacy guardians, the Article 29 Working Party, has given the European Commission and US government until the new year to sort out the safe harbor shambles – or Silicon Valley faces a legal showdown. In a letter published Friday, the working party noted that this month's decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Oct 2015

Europe's digital grand fromage Oettinger: I'm not resigning

Europe's Digital Commissioner, Günther H-dot Oettinger, has denied rumours that he is to step down from his post. Oettinger, who has been in the job for just a year, said on Thursday that the rumours that he is to quit the Commission for a position in the private sector were unfounded. The gaffe-prone Günther was formerly …
Jennifer Baker, 15 Oct 2015

Big biz bosses bellow at Euro politicians over safe harbor smackdown

Big business has sent an open letter to Europe's politicians asking for urgent action on a replacement to the Safe Harbor framework. Following a decision by the European Court of Justice earlier this month that effectively ruled the longstanding trans-Atlantic agreement illegal due to NSA spying, industry has been worried …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Oct 2015