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Major U.S. tech firms press Congress for internet surveillance reforms

Facebook, Amazon and more than two dozen other U.S. technology companies pressed Congress on Friday to make changes to a broad internet surveillance law, saying they were necessary to improve privacy protections and increase government transparency.

Source: Major U.S. tech firms press Congress for internet surveillance reforms | Reuters

Privacy Shield First Annual Joint Review to Take Place in September 2017

EU Commissioner for Justice, Věra Jourová, in her speech on March 31, announced that the joint review of EU-U.S. Privacy Shield will take place in September 2017.

Source: Privacy Shield First Annual Joint Review to Take Place in September 2017 : : Privacy & Information Security Law Blog

Consumers Less Confident About Healthcare, Data Privacy, and Car Safety, New Survey Finds

Consumer Reports’ second Consumer Voices Survey finds consumers’ confidence on healthcare, data privacy, and car safety has fallen since January when the new Administration took office.

Source: Consumers Less Confident About Healthcare, Data Privacy, and Car Safety, New Survey Finds – Consumer Reports

N.S.A. Halts Collection of Americans’ Emails About Foreign Targets

The National Security Agency (NSA) announced that it has halted its warrantless surveillance program. This program was one of the most disputed forms of surveillance which dates back to the post-9/11 expansion of national security powers by Bush administration.

Source: N.S.A. Halts Collection of Americans’ Emails About Foreign Targets

Facebook transparency report signals need for privacy guidelines

Facebook released its latest Global Government Requests Report covering the second half of 2016. The report shows that over first half 2016 requests for account data increased by nine percent. Half of the data requests are from law enforcement in the U.S. containing a non-disclosure order that prohibited Facebook from notifying the user on request.

Source: Facebook transparency report signals need for privacy guidelines

New European Union Financial Rules to Give U.S. Consumers Protection as Well

Thanks to new set of regulations in the European Union, customers of U.S. financial institutions – banks, credit-card companies and insurance companies – soon will enjoy better protection of their personal data.

The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) will force companies to be more transparent about the type of data they collect on individuals, how that data is used and when personal information is exposed in a breach.

GDPR takes effect in May 2018 and will apply to all companies that process data on EU citizens, even if they are located outside EU. It is also expected that large multinational companies, including financial institutions, operating in multiple jurisdictions will adopt single set of rules throughout their operations, rather than try to enforce multiple sets of rules across locations.

Source: New European Union Financial Rules to Give U.S. Consumers Protection as Well

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