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Whenever you open a bank account, join a social networking website or book a flight online, you hand over vital personal information such as your name, address, and credit card number. What happens to this data? Could it fall into the wrong hands? What rights do you have regarding your personal information? Under EU law, personal data can only be gathered legally under strict conditions, for a legitimate purpose. Every day within the EU, businesses, public authorities and individuals transfer vast amounts of personal data across borders. Therefore, common EU rules have been established to ensure that your personal data enjoys a high standard of protection everywhere in the EU. The EU's Data Protection Directive also foresees specific rules for the transfer of personal data outside the EU to ensure the best possible protection of your data when it is exported abroad. Related:  eu

International : Banques : le droit de regard américa La société privée Swift refuse aux États-Unis l'accès aux données bancaires des citoyens de l'UE. Le Parlement doit se prononcer. Les États-Unis et les polices d'une grande partie de l'Europe se sont lancés mercredi dans une course contre la montre pour sauver au Parlement européen ce qu'ils considèrent comme l'une des armes les plus efficaces de la lutte antiterroriste : un droit de regard, concédé au renseignement américain, sur toutes les transactions interbancaires menées à l'intérieur du Vieux Continent. L'œil que Washington garde sur les mouvements entre des centaines de millions de comptes européens est depuis longtemps dans le collimateur d'eurodéputés de tous pays et de tous bords. Ils s'inquiètent d'une intrusion excessive, incontrôlée et de surcroît étrangère dans la vie privée de leurs électeurs. «Une tragique erreur» Le 30 novembre, c'était aussi la veille de l'entrée en vigueur du traité de Lisbonne.

Long Live Incremental Research! | blog@CACM By Bertrand Meyer June 13, 2011 Comments (9) [This article is a slightly updated version of a note I posted almost two years ago on my personal blog, bertrandmeyer.com. At the recent Microsoft Software Summit in Paris I gave a short talk based on that note, and so many people told me they enjoyed it that I thought it would be appropriate to share the ideas with the readers of the CACM blog, many of whom are presumably interested in issues of research funding. Please note that the most enthusiastic text extracts from funding agencies appearing below are meant to be read aloud, with the proper accents of passion.] The world of research funding has of late been prey to a new craze: paradigm-shift mania. Take this from the US National Science Foundation’s description of funding for Computer Systems Research [1]: CSR-funded projects will enable significant progress on challenging high-impact problems, as opposed to incremental progress on familiar problems. Frontiers! References [4] C.A.R.

Article 29 Working Party - Justice Disclaimer The material (opinions, working documents, letters etc.) issued by the Article 29 Working Party (Art. 29 WP), available on this website reflect the views only of the Art. 29 WP which has an advisory status and acts independently. They do not reflect the position of the European Commission. Please note that it is the policy of the Art. 29 WP to publish on its website the correspondence it receives, as well as its response to such correspondence. The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party was set up under the Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data. It has advisory status and acts independently. Composition & Structure "The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party is composed of: The Working Party elects its chairman and vice-chairmen . The Working Party's secretariat is provided by the Commission. Rules of procedure

European Commission sets out strategy to strengthen EU data protection rules Brussels, 4 November 2010 European Commission sets out strategy to strengthen EU data protection rules What happens to your personal data when you board a plane, open a bank account, or share photos online? "The protection of personal data is a fundamental right," said Vice-President Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship. Today's strategy sets out proposals on how to modernise the EU framework for data protection rules through a series of key goals: Strengthening individuals' rights so that the collection and use of personal data is limited to the minimum necessary. Enhancing the Single Market dimension by reducing the administrative burden on companies and ensuring a true level-playing field. Revising data protection rules in the area of police and criminal justice so that individuals' personal data is also protected in these areas. The way forward The Commission's policy review will serve as a basis for further discussion and assessment.

La Quadrature du Net | Internet & Libertés Le PDG de SWIFT déclare au Parlement européen que les principes SWIFT CEO Lázaro Campos told EU Parliamentarians today, "whatever the outcome of the current discussions about the use of data for counter-terrorism purposes, what we must not jeopardize are the protections which exist today for citizens' data, the certainty of the legal framework within which companies operate and the commercial level playing field." Mr Campos was also keen to emphasise that the debate is not about SWIFT, but about how Europe plans to cooperate with the US for counter-terrorism purposes. "SWIFT is affected by this debate but should not be singled out nor treated differently from any other European company," said Mr Campos. Mr Campos was speaking at a joint hearing of the EU's LIBE and ECON committees on a new interim agreement under which the US will gain access to European financial messaging data necessary to the US Treasury Department's (UST) Terrorist Finance Tracking Program. Lázaro Campos, CEO, SWIFT The matters we are discussing are of universal importance.

The Right to Be Forgotten February 13, 2012 64 Stan. L. Rev. Online 88 At the end of January, the European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights, and Citizenship, Viviane Reding, announced the European Commission’s proposal to create a sweeping new privacy right—the “right to be forgotten.” In theory, the right to be forgotten addresses an urgent problem in the digital age: it is very hard to escape your past on the Internet now that every photo, status update, and tweet lives forever in the cloud. European regulators believe that all citizens face the difficulty of escaping their past now that the Internet records everything and forgets nothing—a difficulty that used to be limited to convicted criminals. In endorsing the new right, Reding downplayed its effect on free speech. But Hendel seems not to have parsed the regulations that were actually proposed three days later on January 25. The first category is the least controversial: “If I post something online, do I have the right to delete it again?”

Entender el futuro: la evolución de las bases de datos Es sin duda uno de los temas más provocativos y que más me está llamando la atención del análisis de la tendencia que está suponiendo el fenómeno Big data en los estamentos empresariales: la enorme dificultad para entenderlo sin bajar hasta la sistemática que lo sustenta. Un tema sin duda relevante: mientras se intente explicar Big data ”recetando” como fórmulas mágicas los informes de analistas como Forrester, McKinsey, Gartner, etc. o recurriendo a casos de aplicación, el directivo medio no será capaz de entender lo que realmente subyace detrás de este mundo, y mucho menos, sus posibilidades. ¿De qué hablamos realmente? Suena intimidatorio, pero espera, no desconectes todavía :-) Vamos a intentar aproximarnos al concepto: las bases de datos basadas en SQL (Structured Query Language, o lenguaje de consulta estructurado) es lo que la gran mayoría de los usuarios conocen. ¿El problema? En cierto sentido, para entender el tema es preciso “desaprender”.

Google 'fails to meet EU rules' on new privacy policy 28 February 2012Last updated at 16:58 Google's been letting users of services know that its privacy policies will change on 1 March Google's new privacy policy may violate the European Union's data protection laws, according to the French data regulator. The search giant plans to unify 60 different privacy policies across its products from 1 March. But EU regulators had urged a "pause" so they could analyse the changes. The French regulator, CNIL, said that the policy "raises deep concerns" and that it fails to meet the needs of the European Data Protection Directive. The European Commission recently set out plans for new pan-European data protection rules. The Article 29 Working Party - an advisory body which includes representatives from all EU data protection authorities - had asked the Commission Nationale de L'informatique et Des Libertes to look into Google's new policy after raising its concerns earlier this month.

Welcome! — EuroPriSe - European Privacy Seal Le Parlement européen, protecteur des libertés publiques - Couli Le Parlement européen a fermement rappelé aux Etats membres de l’Union que les impératifs de la lutte contre le terrorisme ne justifient pas les atteintes aux libertés publiques : jeudi 11 février, les eurodéputés ont posé leur véto, par 378 voix - socialistes, libéraux, verts, gauche radicale et une partie des conservateurs - contre 196 et 31 abstentions, à la ratification de l’accord « SWIFT » conclu le 30 novembre 2009 entre l’Union et les Etats-Unis parce qu’il portait atteinte à la vie privée des citoyens européens. Washington n'a guère apprécié, mais les partenaires de l'Union doivent s'habituer à vivre avec un Parlement qui entend jouer pleinement son rôle en matière d'accords internationaux, à l'image du Congrès américain. A la différence du Parlement français qui n'est qu'une chambre d'enregistrement. • SWIFT, c’est quoi ? Il s’agit d’une société de messagerie financière américaine, mais de droit belge, qui gère les • Pourquoi SWIFT intéresse-t-il les services américains ?

m.guardian.co.uk Google's changes to its privacy policies have been criticised by 30 European data protection commissioners for resulting in 'uncontrolled' use of personal data without individual's clear consent, relating to their use of YouTube and Gmail. The commissioners told Google on Tuesday to give people more detailed control over personal data, and said the changes the search giant introduced in March amounted to breaking European data protection law, because the company was storing without consent cookies and data about sites people visited for between 18 months and two years. The French data protection commissioner, the CNIL, led the inquiry and said that Google in effect let users pick and choose how their data was used among different services such as Gmail, Youtube and Google+ – a dramatic rewrite of the single privacy policy Google introduced in March. Google said it would consider its next steps, but said it had not broken the law. But the CNIL may be biding its time.

The Data Science Venn Diagram Posted: September 30th, 2010 | Author: drewconway | Filed under: Philosophy of Data | Tags: data, data science, visualization | 9 Comments by Drew Conway Last Monday I—humbly—joined a group of NYC’s most sophisticated thinkers on all things data for a half-day unconference to help O’Reily organize their upcoming Strata conference. The break out sessions were fantastic, and the number of people in each allowed for outstanding, expert driven, discussions. As I have said before, I think the term “data science” is a bit of a misnomer, but I was very hopeful after this discussion; mostly because of the utter lack of agreement on what a curriculum on this subject would look like. What is clear, however, is that one needs to learn a lot as they aspire to become a fully competent data scientist. How to read the Data Science Venn Diagram The primary colors of data: hacking skills, math and stats knowledge, and substantive expertise

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