Three years ago, I called Max Schrems, a then 24-year-old law student, the "Austrian thorn in Facebook's side." Since then, he has only dug deeper into the social network's skin, and this week, he became a thorn in the side of every American company operating in Europe. He got Europe's top court to strike down the decades-old Safe Harbour agreement between the E.U. and the U.S., an outcome that had been described as a "Doomsday scenario" by a business group talking to Fortune. "The most significant repercussion of this ruling is that American companies, such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter, may not be allowed to send user data from Europe back to the US," writes Ars Technica. "The courts in each EU member state can now rule that the Safe Harbour agreement is illegal in their country." Schrems, now 28 and a lawyer, became radicalized on privacy issues while spending a semester abroad at a California law school in 2011. When a Facebook privacy lawyer came in to … [Read more...] about This 20-something has brought tech companies to their knees in Europe
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The EU will push ahead with plans to make financial services firms respect the rights of European citizens over their data The European Union (EU) has rejected a US request to delay implementing the section of its controversial privacy directive that deals with personal data flow from financial services, saying it will not postpone action because of "US domestic complaints". Last month, the US Treasury and Commerce Departments asked the European Commission to delay approval of a "model contract" that financial institutions would be asked to sign before transferring personal data to non-EU countries. The US has said the contract is flawed, and is accusing the EU of trying to impose laws beyond its own frontiers. The directive, which was enacted in 1998 and is due to come into force this July, aims to protect the private data of EU citizens. The transfer of consumer data in the US is currently self-regulated, whereas in Europe, fines can be imposed for contravening data protection … [Read more...] about EU rejects US opposition to privacy directive
Tax exemptions and low salaries - ranging from $350 per month for a junior developer to $1,000 for an experienced one - have lured businesses to Moldova. Outsourcing companies such as Endava and Pentalog are planning to hire hundreds of IT professionals in Moldova in the near future, knowing that the country's culture is compatible with both the Western world and the Russian-speaking region.The Moldova is, though, far from a promised land for IT, with a political scene divided almost equally between pro-European and pro-Russian parties. Young people have staged street protests to support a Western view, like the Twitter Revolution in 2009, and have become increasingly vocal in the demands for strong anti-corruption measures, witnessing how public prosecutors are changing the situation in neighbouring Romania.The IT boomMoldova, the poorest country in Europe, is a "competitive alternative" to classic outsourcing destinations, analyst house IDC noted in a recent report. The country … [Read more...] about The next big outsourcing hub: A tiny country you’ve never heard of where IT is top priority
The chances of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement becoming law in Europe dwindled suddenly on Friday, after Polish prime minister Donald Tusk said he was suspending ACTA's ratification in his country. Polish prime minister Donald Tusk, pictured here on a visit to Greece, has suspended ratification of ACTA in his country. Image credit: Office of the Greek Prime Minister According to reports, Tusk said on Friday that his government had made insufficient consultations before signing the agreement in late January, and it was necessary to ensure it was entirely safe for Polish citizens. Although it is technically a trade agreement, ACTA is effectively an international treaty aimed at criminalising copyright infringement and associated activities. Tusk's backtracking could spell the end of ACTA for the entire European Union. If Poland or any other EU member state, or the European Parliament itself, fails to ratify the document, it becomes null and void across the union. As it stands, … [Read more...] about ACTA’s EU future in doubt after Polish pause
At one stage, the biggest threat to the nation's youth coming from the Stadium Letzigrund In Zurich was The Rolling Stones and their music. This summer, it wasn't the group that was seen a risk to the public, but the drone flying overhead and taking pictures. Unlike the Serbia-Albania European Championship football match, which was abandoned after a brawl sparked by a drone carrying an Albanian flag, it wasn't crowd trouble the police feared — but the threat to public safety had the drone crashed. As a result of police concerns, aviation authorities have now tightened the regulations. The Office federal de l'aviation civile (OFAC) has banned all flights by drones (also known as UAVs or unmanned aerial vehicles) within 100m of a group of people. Any drone pilot also has to have direct eye contact with the UAV at all times, and that distance can't be extended by using binoculars or video cameras. Although you can fly a drone that weighs 30kg or less without any … [Read more...] about No place like drone: Can unmanned aerial vehicles find their place in Europe?