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IBM Cloud wants to make sure that what happens in Germany stays in Germany, at least as far as its European customers’ data is concerned. Starting next month, the cloud provider will institute new security measures at its Frankfurt data center that will restrict access to all data stored in the facility to EU-based IBM employees. These employees will also review, approve, or deny all access by non-EU based employees.
In addition, clients using IBM Cloud’s dedicated environments in Frankfurt will review and approve all non-EU access requests to their content whenever an issue, support or otherwise, requires such access. In those cases, access will be temporary, and the client will be notified when the access is ended. Logs tracking access will be available to the client.
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Over time, the company said, this support model will be expanded to include IBM’s full cloud architecture stack in Frankfurt, taking in infrastructure, AI, data, analytics, DevOps, and more. Beginning in 2018, German users will be offered full encryption — at rest and in-transit — with keys that will remain in possession of the customer.
Reading between the lines, this means that Big Blue has all but locked access to client accounts on Frankfurt servers for everyone outside Europe, including its own employees in the US.
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(Bloomberg) — Britain risks damaging crucial parts of its technology industry unless it can secure an unprecedented deal with the European Union on data exchange after Brexit, according to a government paper published Thursday.
The document made clear that Britain’s aim in this area after Brexit is for as little as possible to change. It argued that the U.K. has played a central role in the development of the EU’s data rules and proposed a cooperation model that reflects this.
London Maintains Lead in Private Data Plumbing Ahead of Brexit
“The U.K. starts from an unprecedented point of alignment with the EU,” the document said. “In recognition of this, the U.K. wants to explore a UK-EU model for exchanging and protecting personal data, which could build on the existing adequacy model.”
So not only does Britain want to preserve the status quo after Brexit, it wants to shape the bloc’s policy and benefit from a system that delivers more security than other countries dealing with the EU have. The paper pointed out that 43 percent of the EU’s large digital companies started in the U.K.
“Any disruption in cross-border data flows would therefore be economically costly to both the U.K. and the EU,” the document said. “It is essential that we avoid regulatory uncertainty.”
This uncertainty would come if Britain had to fall back on an “adequacy agreement” with the EU, the main existing way for non-EU countries to move data in and out of the bloc.

 

Roaming charges will no longer exist in the EU as of June 2017, as part of an agreement made between the European Commission, European Parliament and the Council on Tuesday.

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Although the idea of government cloud has been supported by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) since 2010-2011, agencies have been slow to adopt cloud services. Despite the benefits to government cloud such as savings of up to 30 percent and increased productivity, “not many public…

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A special eight-member advisory board convened by Google determined on Friday that the EU right to be forgotten ruling should only apply to European search engines. In May, the European Court of Justice ruled that search engines have the obligation to remove links in cases of irrelevant or incorrect search…

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A document leaked by Access on Wednesday evening shows that the European Parliament has decided that EU member states do not have any obligation to retain citizen data. The Parliament made the distinction between Union and State legality regarding the April decision by the EU Court of Justice declaring the…

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A document leaked by Access on Wednesday evening shows that the European Parliament has decided that EU member states do not have any obligation to retain citizen data. The Parliament made the distinction between Union and State legality regarding the April decision by the EU Court of Justice declaring the…

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At a data protection workshop in Paris, a top EU official said Monday that NSA surveillance is hurting EU internet services providers wishing to do business in the US. “The law…which empowers the NSA to basically grab everything which comes from outside the United States, is a real trade barrier…

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The EU finally has guidelines in place to direct search engines on requests for link removal in accordance with the European Court of Justice decision regarding the right to be forgotten. So far search providers have interpreted the decision to apply to results on local EU sites. The Article 29…

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Long-awaited guidelines for how search engine operators in the EU should handle the European Court of Justice May decision regarding the right to be forgotten were released this week. The resulting decision was released Tuesday by the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party. The committee interpreted the court ruling to…

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