Interesting news out of Europe, as the EU's data protection authorities (Working Party 29) resoundingly endorsed end-to-end encryption as a “necessity" to protect personal privacy, and specifically rejected backdoors and key escrow by authorities. Score one for the people.Developers know that user trust relies on principles of Transparency, Security and Stewardship, and that there is no security without strong encryption.
What follows is an introduction to the data and trust project that the Developers Alliance began in late 2017. Throughout 2018 the project will deliver developer insights, best practices with data, educational material to demystify data for users and policy makers, and a dialogue series to bring in experts and outside voices on the topic of data and privacy.
For now, count yourself fortunate. The rules are limited to companies who have personal data of people from or in Europe. But don't get complacent. With the recent news surrounding data security and privacy, the US may not be far behind in enacting data privacy laws of our own. But that's a subject for another blog post, hopefully a little further down the road.
The latest ruling in the case, out this week, says that Java APIs are covered by copyright and that Oracle can set the terms under which they’re used. A more comprehensive update and case history here.
It seems that every other week a story emerges alleging that someone, somewhere, misused or mishandled someone's data. And whether the real problem is a hacker, a rogue developer, or a sloppy business partner, the casualty is user trust, and the whole digital ecosystem suffers. We suffer. You suffer. Our industry suffers.