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Companies Push for Digital Privacy

- Consumer advocates and businesses urge the government to strengthen electronic privacy laws and limit law enforcement access to remotely stored data.

Google Agrees to Hand Over Data to EU Regulators

- Google has agreed to hand over data to European regulators, which the company says it accidentally collected from private WiFi internet connections, according to the Financial Times.

Reining in Data Collection

- As Web companies continue to gather information on consumers for marketing and research purposes, privacy considerations remain a serious concern.

The Economics of Privacy vs. Security

- A new RAND report asked British citizens how much it would cost for them to trade privacy for security during three mundane activities: applying for a passport, traveling on a train, and attending a major event. (From the April 2010 Issue)

Security and Privacy Tradeoffs

- In a new RAND Europe report, researchers attempt to quantify how people assess security and privacy tradeoffs in the United Kingdom.

Privacy

- Police officers who claim that their employers illegally read their private text messages will get to take their case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The outcome of the case will affect how employers deal with workplace communications.

Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments in Communications Privacy Case

- The U.S. Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in a case brought by police officers who claim that their employers illegally read their private text messages.

U.S.-European Union Information Sharing

- The United States are working toward a broad information-sharing agreement that addresses the question of redress, specifically whether all persons, not just legal U.S. residents, would be able obtain data about them held in government databases and correct errors. The two sides have issued a series of statements highlighting the two sides' common ground: May 2008: US-EU High Level Contact Group Report December 2008: US-EU Statement on Common Data Privacy and Protection Principles October 2009: US-EU Joint Statement

Civil Liberty Concerns Could Become a Factor in Grants to State Fusion Centers

- In response to past incidents of improper intelligence collection efforts directed against legal U.S. groups, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has reemphasized its commitment to civil liberties and privacy protections, including creating a possible connection between those policies and grant awards. (Updated)

Online Privacy

- Some people may want additional privacy when surfing social networking sites. This tool can help Facebook users mask their data.

Transatlantic Privacy Concerns

- While the United States has signed information-sharing agreements with many allies, privacy concerns have slowed negotiations with the European Union.

Security and Privacy Not Mutually Exclusive, DHS Chief Tells Lawyers

- Sharing information domestically and internationally to fight terrorists and transnational criminals doesn't have to shred privacy and civil liberties protections, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano told lawyers during a speech today.

Elsewhere in the Courts: Privacy

-   A New Jersey appeals court has ruled that e-mails between an employee and her attorney that were sent through the employee’s private e-mail account are privileged. The court ruled that the privilege holds even though the employee sent the e-mails from work over her employer’s computer network. The court ruled that the company’s electronic communications policy did not mean that the employee’s private e-mails became the company’s property. (Stengart v. Loving Care Agency, Superior Court of New Jersey, No. A-3506-08T1, 2009)  
 




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