EU wants to give national privacy regulators more clout in new U.S. data pact

Brussels and Washington locked in negotiations to forge a new framework enabling data transfers from Europe to the U.S.

Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union wants to enhance the power of the bloc's national privacy regulators in policing a planned new EU-U.S. data pact after the previous one was struck down by a top EU court on concerns about mass U.S. surveillance.

Brussels and Washington are locked in negotiations to forge a new framework enabling data transfers from Europe to the United States, which are otherwise subject to cumbersome and lengthy legal processes under EU data protection law.

NSA to shut down bulk phone surveillance program by Sunday

New surveillance measures may become law following the November 2016 presidential elections

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency will end its daily vacuuming of millions of Americans' phone records by Sunday and replace the practice with more tightly targeted surveillance methods, the Obama administration said on Friday.

As required by law, the NSA will end its wide-ranging surveillance program by 11:59 p.m. EST Saturday (4:59 a.m. GMT Sunday) and expects to have the new, scaled-back system in place by then, the White House said.

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects cellphone search warrant case

Big four wireless carriers to continue providing law enforcement with cell site location information (CSLI)

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a test case on privacy in the digital age on Monday, declining to decide whether police need to obtain search warrants to examine cellphone location information held by wireless carriers.

The nine justices turned away an appeal filed by a Florida man named Quartavious Davis, who was convicted of participating in a string of 2010 robberies in the Miami area and was sentenced to 1,941 months, almost 162 years, in prison without possibility of parole.

Foreign business lobbies ask China to revise cyber insurance draft rules

Extension of national security standards to the insurance sector may revive tensions with US

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Foreign business lobbies have asked China to substantially revise proposed cyber security regulations for the insurance industry, signaling a dispute that started with the publication of similar bank technology rules earlier this year may widen.

UK unveils powers to spy on Web use, raising privacy fears

British bill goes beyond the powers available to security services in the United States

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain unveiled plans on Wednesday for sweeping new surveillance powers, including the right to find out which websites people visit, measures ministers say are vital to keep the country safe but which critics denounce as an assault on freedoms.

Across the West, debate about how to protect privacy while helping agencies operate in the digital age has raged since former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden leaked details of mass surveillance by British and U.S. spies in 2013.

U.S. and UK to test financial cyber-security later this month

No date set, no final decision on the exact scenarios for the exercise or the banks that would take part

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The United States and Britain will test later this month how its regulators would respond if their financial sectors suffered a major cyber-attack or broader IT problems, a British official said on Monday.

The test, for which no date has yet been set, will focus on how regulators for the world's two biggest financial centers in New York and London communicate in an emergency, a spokesman for British government cyber-security body CERT-UK said.

U.S. sees new EU data-sharing pact within reach

Commerce Secretary Pritzker says 'Safe Harbour 2.0' will meet EU concerns about data transfer security

Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A new transatlantic data-sharing agreement is within reach after the "Safe Harbour" deal used by thousands of companies to comply with EU privacy law was struck down by the highest EU court this month, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said.

The so-called "Safe Harbour 2.0" agreement currently being negotiated would meet European concerns about the transfer of data to the United States, Pritzker told journalists in Frankfurt on Thursday during a visit to Germany.

U.S. court will not halt NSA phone spy program before ban

Circuit Court says it will not disturb Congress' decision to provide a 180-day period for an 'orderly transition'

Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Thursday refused to immediately halt the government's bulk collection of millions of Americans' phone records during a "transition" period to a new federal scheme that bans the controversial anti-terrorism surveillance.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said it would not disturb Congress' decision to provide a 180-day period for an "orderly transition" to a new, targeted surveillance system from the sweeping National Security Agency program that the court found illegal on May 7.

Senate approves major cybersecurity bill

Skeptics of CISA have said it would do little to prevent malicious breaches

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate easily passed legislation on Tuesday aimed at bolstering the country’s cyber defenses, advancing the first serious attempt in Congress to combat computer hacks that have hit a growing number of businesses and government agencies in recent years.

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