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Monday, 26 March 2018 09:22

March 2018 Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group Meetup

Written by  Mike Schmidt


It's Cyber Security Night - CSE Group Roundtable Discussion !

If you think "March Madness" is all about Basketball... you are not tuned to the right channel of news...

CSERoundtableSMALLJump into the RoundTable:

Tonight we are going to set-up our CSE Group Roundtable Discussion and unpack the CLOUD Act and discuss what it's impact will be on your personal data, how you might look at providing (or not providing) information to on-line services

The real "March Madness" was the passing of the "Cloud Act":

The CLOUD Act — Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data — is a set of regulations handling how data stored in one country can be accessed by an entity in a different country. It was signed into law on March 23, 2018 as part of the Omnibus Spending Bill.

The federal spending bill signed by US President Donald Trump on Friday does more than fund the budget. It also makes it easier for law enforcement agencies to demand access to online information no matter what country the data is stored in. As the CLOUD Act becomes law, it increases government access to online info.

There are debates on both sides of this ACT:

The CLOUD Act offers an alternative to the current process for sharing internet user information between countries, called MLAT, or a mutual legal assistance treaty. Both law enforcement agencies and tech companies say using such a treaty to request data is cumbersome and slow. The fix has the technology sector divided though. Tech companies, such as Microsoft, favor the change. But privacy advocates say it could help foreign governments that abuse human rights by aiding their access to online data about their citizens.

Brad Smith, Microsoft President and chief legal officer, said in a statement Wednesday the bill was "a strong statute and a good compromise," and added that "it gives tech companies like Microsoft the ability to stand up for the privacy rights of our customers around the world."

Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah who introduced the CLOUD Act, said in February, "The CLOUD Act bridges the divide that sometimes exists between law enforcement and the tech sector by giving law enforcement the tools it needs to access data throughout the world while at the same time creating a commonsense framework to encourage international cooperation to resolve conflicts of law," Hatch said.

But privacy advocates at groups like the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation criticized the change, saying it lets law enforcement bypass constitutional protections against unreasonable searches. It also could lead the US to send user data to police in countries known for abusing the human rights of their citizens, they argue.

The result, advocates say, is that tech companies will have to decide whether to comply with legal demands for their users' information.

The law "threatens human rights, jeopardizes the Fourth Amendment interests of individuals inside the US, and provides an alarming level of discretion to the executive branch at the expense of congressional authority," representatives of the ACLU wrote in a letter to lawmakers Thursday.

Sen. Ron Wyden, a privacy-oriented Democrat from Oregon, said in a letter last week (PDF) that while the MLAT process needs to be updated, the CLOUD Act has a big problem in the way it lets the executive branch hash out individual agreements with foreign companies on data sharing. That "places far too much power in the President's hands and denies Congress its critical oversight role," Wyden wrote.

ncxlogosmNCX (National Cyber Exchange)

Also, I will be providing an update on the progress that the local non-profit NCX is making in develop a comprehensive Cyber Citizen-oriented platform of threat data, news, and cyber training for individuals, small and medium-sized businesses, and IT professionals.

Bring your friends, this is going to be an engaging and important session !




Mike Schmidt, Chair
Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group




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