Apple vs. FBI and why it is disturbing that a private company needs to protect us from the government The clash of data protection and law enforcement

 Information Security, Privacy  Comments Off on Apple vs. FBI and why it is disturbing that a private company needs to protect us from the government The clash of data protection and law enforcement
Mar 292016
 

December 2nd 2015, San Bernardino California USA
Two gunmen burst into a party from the local government where one of them actually works and in a shooting spray kill 14 and injure a further 22. In the man/woman hunt following the incident the attackers get shot and killed by the police.
During the investigation an pass-code protected iPhone 5C is recovered belonging to the San Bernardino local authorities which may or may not hold vital information.

This could have been just a headline out of any US-based news agency on any given day in any given year and nobody would have given it much thought several months later, certainly not the entire tech-sector.
So why is this case any different except for the label “terrorism” stuck to it?
Read my analyses here

GDPR Comprehensive A couple of months too early?

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Mar 092016
 

For the last almost 4 years, the bureaucrats in Brussels have been discussing the way the privacy laws in the European Union should be harmonised. December last year they finally reached agreement on the new general data protection regulation (gdpr) that will, if formally adopted, replace the 95/46/EC data protection directive and all national laws that implemented this directive in their national frameworks.
The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) organised a 2 day training session on the 22nd and 23rd of February to bring me and other privacy pros up to steam on this new opportunity for job security in the coming years.
Read my full report here