NEW DATA PACT IN THE WORKS: The European Union said it agreed in principle with the United States when it comes to a new trans-Atlantic data-transfer pact. “The European Court of Justice this month invalidated a 15-year old agreement, known as Safe Harbor, which allowed businesses to move Europeans’ data, such as payroll information, to servers in the U.S. The court ruled that Europeans’ data was insufficiently protected when transferred to the U.S., where it could fall prey to national intelligence services,” the Wall Street Journal reported.
IRS POSSESSED ‘STINGRAY’ TECHNOLOGY: “The Internal Revenue Service is the latest in a growing list of US federal agencies known to have possessed the sophisticated cellphone dragnet equipment known as Stingray,” the Guardian reported.
WAL-MART THINKING ABOUT DRONES: Wal-Mart is applying for permission from regulators to test drones for home delivery and other commercial uses. “In addition to having drones take inventory of trailers outside its warehouses and perform other tasks aimed at making its distribution system more efficient, Wal-Mart is asking the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to research drone use in ‘deliveries to customers at Walmart facilities, as well as to consumer homes,’ according to a copy of the application reviewed by Reuters.”