Back in the UK, where
Privacy International's case started, we have to wonder whether this will mean anything. After all, the government wants to get out of these kinds of restrictions. That's in large part what #Brexit is about.
The UK leaving the EU is not the whole story. EU-UK trade will need agreements about personal data, to allow banking and digital trade, and crime co-operation.
The UK's Dominic Cummings has made noises about getting out of EU data privacy laws. It's not so simple.
Here is the bit of the CJEU Advocate General's opinion that will be worrying GCHQ and all:
This is *massive* … the CJEU's advocate general is saying that in their opinion GCHQ et al *cannot* engage in the bulk harvesting data from Internet cables, because of EU fundamental rights protecting privacy.
We have to wait for the actual judgment of course.
This might not be the final judgment of the court: national security is not an EU competence. But personal data is …
“It’s great to hear that Conservative MPs are learning about the virtues of Signal and secure private communications. Let’s hope they don’t also vote to make these tools insecure with legally mandated backdoors used by police and criminals alike.
“I guess Priti Patel must be quite confused and alarmed as her party votes with its feet for secure messaging platforms, while she’s campaigning to stop them from protecting these very same users.”
The Swedish government has also come to the conclusion that storing personal data at a US corporation is illegal under the #GDPR #DSGVO #privacy
Chucking some stuff out and came across a very curious government issued booklet called "preparing for emergencies". This must have been produced during the terrorism paranoia of the Blair government.
It contains sections with titles like "Chemical, biological or radiological incident" and "Possible signs of terrorism" in addition to more mundane health and safety stuff.
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