A January 2, 2017 commentary by Ariel Teshuva raises an intriguing question. While the European Commission is vested with the authority under Article 25(6) of the Data Protection Directive to issue data protection adequacy determinations—a declaration that a given jurisdiction outside the EU provides adequate legal protection for personal data—why have so few been adopted?
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Data is a "magic material" that "is becoming the fuel for innovation,” says former European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes. But getting this “magic material” out of the EU is a complicated business. Under the EU Data Protection Directive (DPD or Directive 95/46/EC), a firm can move data out of the EU only if some EU legal mechanism authorizes it.
In late 2014, the General Court of the European Union (GC) annulled, on due process grounds, several measures that kept Hamas and the LTTE (Tamil Tigers) on the EU terrorism sanctions list.
Not a Drop to Share
Last week, Google announced it was appealing the French data authority’s decision to fine Google for refusing to delete links globally. With the right to be forgotten (RTBF) debate thus back in the news, this post takes the opportunity to map the lay of the land to date.
The Extraterritoriality Dispute
The deal between the EU and Turkey to manage the flow of refugees from Syria, made public at the end of the European Council meeting on March 18, has big potential benefits for both the EU and Turkey. But it has big costs as well. If successful, it will stem the tide of refugees, help prevent the collapse of the Greek state, allow the EU to start healing its own wounds and prepare the ground for a more orderly placement and distribution of the refugees.
A PRC surveillance vessel crusies next to Japan Coast Guard patrol ships near the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands (Photo: Kyodo)
If there really is another crypto war in Washington, then this week’s podcast features several war correspondents and at least one victim of PTSD.
According to a European Commission fact sheet on the Right to Be Forgotten, “individuals have the right - under certain conditions - to ask search engines to remove links with personal information about them.” Since this right apparently does not require deletion from the World Wide Web of that information itself, there seems to be a business model in this rule for some enterprising party.
Tidal Waves and Tanker Trucks
The Islamic State’s money comes in significant part from energy. So if the world is going to take on ISIS in a serious way, it’s going to have to take on its energy resources.