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Good news for EU bees
« on: October 09, 2015, 07:26:34 PM »
If you live in Europe, your online life changed this morning. The European Union’s highest court, the EU Court of Justice, has invalidated the legal agreement by which personal data can be moved from the EU to the US for processing.

Surveillance concerns

Although the court’s decision is ostensibly about data protection, it inevitably addresses surveillance. The ruling backs up the claim by Schrems that “the law and practice of the United States do not offer sufficient protection against surveillance by the public authorities of the data transferred to that country”. This claim must now be heard and decided upon by the Irish authorities.

The development will stretch US-EU relations, which are already misaligned over the right to be forgotten and net neutrality. “The gap between American and European legislation on privacy is at breaking point,” says Mark Skilton of the Warwick Business School in Coventry, UK.

Nyst adds that “beyond it being a slap in the face to the US, it sets a great precedent for the legal challenges to mass surveillance happening in Europe”.

For all the internet’s power to connect people globally, the ruling is a step towards an internet that takes local rights and laws into account.

Nyst says that data-protection standards are emerging around the world, providing a crucial component of an internet that is not only hugely useful, but also preserves the privacy of its users.

“Law and technology are misfits,” she says. “Law is all about jurisdiction – which area you commit a certain act in. Technology is all about breaking down those divisions.” A global internet with standards for protecting our data may help bridge that gap.

Paul Bernal of the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK, says the judgement makes it hard to see how it is legal for any personal data gathered in the EU to now be sent to the US for processing.

“The ruling basically says US surveillance cannot be allowed to override our fundamental rights, but US law says surveillance must override fundamental rights,” says Bernal. “The EU court is largely saying that indiscriminate gathering of data is enough to interfere with fundamental rights, and therefore you shouldn’t be able to do it.”

In a statement on the ruling, Max Schrems said that “US companies that obviously aided US mass surveillance may face serious legal consequences from this ruling when data protection authorities of 28 member states review their cooperation with US spy agencies”.

He added that “the average consumer will not see any restrictions in daily use, but will hopefully soon be able to use online services without potentially being subject to mass surveillance”.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28294-eu-ruling-means-facebook-and-google-cant-send-data-to-the-us/
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Re: Good news for EU bees
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2015, 12:56:39 AM »
If only worldwide intelligence agencies acknowledged their authority. Generally the national security apparatuses do whatever the fuck they want regardless of what the courts or constitutions say. Some elite douchebag politicians from their side will get together with some elite douchebag politicians from our side and they will both agree to continue business as usual but secretly. At best the same programs will just be given different names so they can say they shut them down.
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Re: Good news for EU bees
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2015, 07:07:19 AM »
well, at least is a new law you can hold on to it when they will rain on your parade. Probably not big deal, but a good lawyer will know for sure how to cut some loopholes to a better end result. Wish more laws like this one to be passed in our Congress!
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