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Patriot Act vs. the EU's Data Protection Directive 239

itwbennett writes "Last week, Microsoft warned that under the Patriot Act the company may be compelled to hand over European customers' data on its new cloud service to U.S. authorities — and also to keep the data transfer secret. This, of course, runs counter to the European Data Protection Directive, which states that organizations must inform users when they disclose personal information. 'Microsoft can already transfer E.U. data to the U.S. under the Safe Harbor agreement. But legal experts have warned that this agreement is hardly worth the paper it's written on,' writes IDG News Service's Jennifer Baker. 'There are seven principles of Safe Harbor, including reasonable data security, and clearly defined and effective enforcement. However all this is nullified if the Patriot Act is invoked.'"
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Patriot Act vs. the EU's Data Protection Directive

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  • by Cyberax ( 705495 ) on Tuesday July 05, 2011 @06:58PM (#36666794)

    Dude, Obama is a Republican, not a socialist. Let's see:
    1) Obama caves in to EVERY demand of the Republican party.
    2) His healthcare reform is basically Romneycare.
    3) Obama continues Bush's policies on torture and covering up government crimes. ...

    If Obama were a socialist, you'd have a single-payer healthcare system right now.

  • Bully (Score:4, Informative)

    by CountBrass ( 590228 ) on Wednesday July 06, 2011 @05:54AM (#36670092)

    t2t10 fantasises that "While European nations were busy raping and pillaging across the globe, American was mostly farming and building up an industrial base."

    Really? So the US wasn't busy wiping out the indigenous populations by both direct military means but also using biological weapons (blankets infected with small pox)?

    They weren't making unprovoked attacks on other nations: Britain (War of 1812), Spain (repeatedly) and Mexico. If we'd applied the same standards to the US then as was applied to Germany after WW2 your leaders would have been hanged as well for carrying out wars of aggression.

    The US fought a civil war because so many of you thought it was the moral and ethical thing to do to keep millions of other human beings enslaved in order to maintain their life-style.

    And of course you were also busy discriminating against your own citizens, quite legally, until the middle of the 20th. And still are but not with quite the same degree of overt legal sanction- what proportion of the prison population in your country is black? How much more likely is a black-man to be executed for a crime compared to a white-man who commits the same crime?.

    I think you're looking at your country's history through rose tinted glasses. The US has, through out it's history, been an opportunistic bully.

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