News Digest (8.10.15)

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White House says EU court erred with privacy ruling (washingtonexaminer, link)

DRONES: Covert threat to privacy
(Times, Malta, link): "Remotely-Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAs) or drones as they are most commonly known, are remotely piloted aircraft devices which have gone from being military-grade technology to EBay-available gadgets in the span of a few years. The European Commission expects this industry to create some 150,000 new jobs in the EU alone by 2050."

Path cleared for judge to block NSA phone surveillance program (, link)

EU ministers to discuss 'smart borders' (euobserver, link): "Among the ideas is the future roll-out of a €1 billion digital dragnet known as 'smart borders'. Smart borders is a two-tiered system of biometric scans of visiting non-EU nationals – the registered travellers programme (RTP) and the entry-exit system (EES) The European Commission had presented the package in 2013 but it was temporarily shelved following concerns over projected costs and possible law enforcement access.An EU diplomat on Wednesday (7 October) said the Commission is set to make new smart border proposals before the end of year." and see: EASA proposals on new drone rules.(pdf) Put out for consultationt that closed on 25 September.

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