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Everything You Need To Know About the Big New Data-Privacy Bill In Congress 29

erier2003 writes with this excerpt from The Daily Dot: The United States and the European Union have agreed to a transatlantic data-sharing arrangement to protect U.S. companies' overseas activities and European citizens' privacy, but another initiative—one that's still working its way through Congress—could be just important to U.S.–E.U. relations and transnational privacy rights. The Judicial Redress Act is considered essential to a broader agreement between the U.S. and Europe over the sharing of data in criminal and terrorism investigations. The negotiations over the newly announced E.U.–U.S. Privacy Shield may have received more attention, but the concerns at the heart of this bill are no less important.
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Everything You Need To Know About the Big New Data-Privacy Bill In Congress

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  • well, except that
  • by Anonymous Coward

    "to protect U.S. companies' overseas activities and European citizens' privacy"

    Says it all about our fascist country.

    • by Sique ( 173459 ) on Friday February 05, 2016 @04:23AM (#51444557) Homepage
      When you data gets mined by the FBI (and in theory also by the NSA), you have means of bringing that to court. Europeans not being citizens of the U.S. didn't even have this, as their privacy is not protected by the U.S. constitution. This was the main argument why the European Court ruled that the Safe Harbour Agreement does not provide sufficient protection to E.U. citizens and thus is invalid.
      • by wings ( 27310 )

        When you data gets mined by the FBI (and in theory also by the NSA), you have means of bringing that to court.

        It's a nice idea but I'm not sure this is working out in reality. Many of the publicised cases where this is attempted seem to end up with the case thrown out after ruling the individual has no standing since the FBI and NSA never admit to having or collecting the data in the first place and don't divulge any information about surveillance because 'national security'.

    • Congress naming that a "Data Privacy Bill" is along the same lines as them naming something an "Orbiting Peace Platform".
  • tl;dr (Score:4, Interesting)

    by jmcvetta ( 153563 ) on Thursday February 04, 2016 @10:06PM (#51443437)

    Summary of the new laws: "You have no rights. You lose. Bend over and take it. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. Thank you for your compliance. Violators will be shot."

    • "You have no rights. You lose. Bend over and take it. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. Thank you for your compliance. Violators will be shot."

      well do you want me to pick up the $200 on the ground or not?!

      oh it's all so confusing!

    • There's a military term for this (at least, I learned it while working on base): "Bend Over, Here It Comes Again", Bohica for short.
  • by fred911 ( 83970 ) on Thursday February 04, 2016 @11:26PM (#51443827)

    Because these days, those that enforce laws believe they are also above the law.

  • Thinly veiled american imperialism. If the fundamentalist islam was not worse, I would applaud another 9/11. Don't drivel about 'innocent victims', the US has been doing the same and worse all over the world.

    Paai

  • The United States and the European Union have agreed to a transatlantic data-sharing arrangement to protect U.S. companies' overseas activities and European citizens' privacy

    Significant are the omissions to protect the privacy of US citizens and EU companies!

  • What they really mean is, ANY. BLOODY. INVESTIGATION. Amy oversight that could exist will only sigh a meek "oh well" after the fact of obvious misapplication.
  • What that really means is, ANY. BLOODY. INVESTIGATION. Any oversight there could be of this will only sigh a meek "oh well" after its obvious misapplication.

    Isn't it funny how a "privacy" bill heading through congress more often than not simply entails some destruction thereof?

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