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Interview with EU Digital Commissioner Mariya Gabriel
Facebook has come under pressure for selling access to users' personal data to other companies. Does that business model need to change?

We all knew that was the business model. But as the European Union, we'd like to really promote that there is no [?] contradiction between business models and the protection of personal data.

We all know there are values and there is responsibility. For me, that's the added value of the European approach. We are not the United States, we are not China. But as Europeans we'd like to keep this human-centric approach.

Users need to know what happened with their data. That's why we made consent a key element in the GDPR and ePrivacy. Let's not be afraid of the consent of users.

the "informed consent" of users may require compensation. Quarterly financial statements for each advertisers' campaign might do the trick.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Mar 29th, 2018 at 11:26:19 PM EST
What is actually required is open-source social media apps on publicly-provided infrastructure. Make every user sovereign with respect to their own data, and choose who they want to share it with; regulate the predators.

The EU could do this, cheaply. It would be immensely popular, and far more significant than their "free roaming" or "free wifi" gimmicks.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Mar 30th, 2018 at 04:57:36 PM EST
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Yes, indeedy, common property in the custody of "information service providers". Not "common carriers". See the distinction?

Leaked EU overhaul gives tech companies 10 days to share 'e-evidence' data with police 30 Mar

The "e-evidence" legislation will force a broad range of digital communication apps to respond quickly to requests for data. Services that will fall under the new rules include "social networks, such as Twitter and Facebook", cloud providers, domain name registries and registrars, and even "digital marketplaces that allow consumers and/or traders to conclude peer-to-peer transactions" like user forums on ecommerce platforms. The reform is scheduled to be announced on 17 April.
EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova has argued that the legal change is needed because authorities currently face difficult and long processes to receive data stored in other countries for their investigations.
The new system will circumvent MLATs, or mutual legal assistance treaties ... A new regulation will create legal systems for authorities in EU member states to demand companies share data within 10 days, or six hours if there is "imminent threat to life or physical integrity of a person or to a critical infrastructure". ... The proposal specifies that any services that EU-based users can access through app stores will also fall under the rules. As a result, law enforcement authorities in EU countries will be able to demand user data from any messaging app or digital communication service operating in the bloc.
Earlier this year, Jourova confirmed that she was seeking to expand the new system to include a data sharing arrangement with the United States. ... US authorities will be able to demand data held abroad if it's needed for investigations, under the new CLOUD Act, which lawmakers approved last week in a fast-tracked vote.

Legal experts argue that the strict new EU data protection law set to go into effect in May will prevent companies from being forced to give American authorities data, unless EU member states agree to bilateral deals with the US. That means that under the new proposals, US-based companies will be required to give data to European authorities if they operate in the bloc. But European companies do not need to comply with American data demands.
An aide to Jourova revealed last November that the Commissioner had asked US Attorney General Jeff Sessions months earlier to start negotiations for an EU-US agreement.... Microsoft is currently at the centre of a high-profile case before the US Supreme Court over the company's refusal to hand over data to US authorities that is held on a server in Ireland. The Commission has sent its own submission to the Supreme Court.

United States v. Microsoft Corp., of which Brief amicus curiae of European Commission on Behalf of the European Union in support of neither party filed.

the CLOUD Act Passes 25 Mar
retrieving MSFT off-shore email 3 Mar

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Mar 30th, 2018 at 10:01:08 PM EST
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