All posts by Christopher Overton

On 14 July 2016, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that Microsoft cannot be forced by US law enforcement to hand over customer emails stored in its Ireland data centre. At stake were fundamental questions about privacy in the cloud. The decision has been hailed by the technology sector and privacy campaigners around the world as a global milestone for the advancement of laws balancing the legitimate interests of law enforcement and individuals' right to privacy. But what does a US Court decision about data on a server in Ireland mean for cloud in Asia? In this post, we look at the Court's decision and why it is good news for the whole cloud ecosystem in Asia. What was the case about? The case centred on a warrant issued by US law enforcement in a narcotics case. The warrant required Microsoft to hand over emails that were stored … Continue Reading ››
Last week, Singapore's minister for Home Affairs and Law announced plans  to strengthen cybersecurity legislation as part of his government's National Cybercrime Action Plan, strengthening Singapore's establishment as a technology hub for the region and signaling a significant advancement in its Smart Nation Programme. Acknowledging the worrying trends in cybercrime rates and the evolving creativity of attackers, My Shanmugam emphasised the need for legislation to keep pace with national cybersecurity initiatives. The new Cybersecurity Act, announced earlier this year, is expected to be tabled in 2017. The legislation will aim to enhance law enforcement investigative and enforcement powers and, significantly, advance the accountability of companies responsible for processing and/or collecting sensitive data. Previous commentary from the government on the new Cybersecurity Act focused more heavily on accountability for companies responsible for data collection and processing than last week's announcements, which considered cybersecurity more broadly. "A significant part of the legislation … Continue Reading ››