On Wednesday 18 October, the European Commission published a report supporting the continuation of the EU-US Privacy Shield agreement and recommending some improvements. The report concludes the negotiations of the data-transfer deal's inaugural annual review, which the Alliance previously covered here.
From the desk of Bruce Gustafson, President & CEO of the Alliance: This is an essay on Encryption. It is also an essay on the People’s right to secure their property, especially where the Government is unable to provide security on the People’s behalf. Most importantly, this is not an essay about privacy. Let me explain.
App entrepreneurship and the related business impacts are not a prerogative of Nordic countries alone. The app economy presents a potential engine of growth for all European economies. However, the roundtable addressed concerns for the app economy’s long term growth, such as regulatory measures increasing fragmentation and hurting developers that can now build apps that run seamlessly across thousands of different devices.
While that’s a flippant analogy, that little preamble looks a lot like what some political leaders are doing to the internet. While social media sites continue to ramp up their efforts to combat extremism online, policy makers are threatening steep fines if internet companies don’t move at unrealistic speeds to help solve a problem which politicians are actually responsible for.
What the heck is Privacy Shield, and why should application and other software developers care? The answer, in part, is that developers everywhere are looking at a future where data is either free to flow or blocked at the border; circulating inside two completely disconnected clouds or in one. It's important enough that policy heavyweights from the US and EU are taking the time to meet face to face this week in DC to discuss the future shape of the internet with (hopefully) or without (catastrophe) it.