Data protection: Microsoft wants to be exemplary

Microsoft is committed to compensating users if it discloses their data as a result of a government request that does not comply with European laws on the protection of privacy.  Microsoft claims to be the first company in the world to respond to the recommendations of European privacy organizations following the decision of the European court of justice, which invalidated the Privacy Shield. In July, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) struck down the Privacy Shield, questioning the way businesses, and in particular US tech giants, transmit data to the United States. The first company in the world to engage on these issues Julie Brill, head of privacy at Microsoft, is pleased that her company is the first entity in the world to comply with the recommendations made last week by the EDPS, the body that brings together the European data protection authorities. “Today, we are announcing new protections for our public sector customers and busine

Drug trafficking: Castaner announces record results in 2019

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner on Tuesday unveiled record figures recorded in 2019 in the fight against drug trafficking, by officially installing Ofast, the new investigative service responsible for carrying out this "fight" . In 2019, said the minister, "more than 13,000 cases of trafficking were prosecuted, 10% more" than the previous year. “17,276 people have been implicated. In 2017, there were 14,600, an increase of 20% in two years, "he said.

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner

Drug seizures were at the same level as the records of 2017 and 2018, with "more than 95.4 tonnes of cannabis seized and almost 14.5 tonnes of cocaine". Record also for asset seizures. "Over the first nine months of the year, they increased by 19% compared to the same period in 2018 (…) and 30.9 million euros were entered in cash" during this period, an increase " 45% ”, continued Christophe Castaner.

"70% of organized crime is linked to drug trafficking"
 
As in September, when he announced the creation of Ofast on January 1, he insisted on the need to have "no fatalism, no defeatism, no naivety in the face of drugs". "There has to be a fight, always a fight, another fight," he said. Surrounded by the head of Ofast, St├ęphanie Cherbonnier, and her assistant, the prosecutor Samuel Vuelta-Simon, the minister defended the new organization set up to lead "the mother of battles", "the stairwell to the international level "to regain" square meter by square meter ".

"70% of organized crime is linked to drug trafficking, which is the breeding ground for all delinquencies", he said, detailing the Ofast method: "intelligence sharing", "decompartmentalization" and joint work of all actors (police, gendarmerie, customs, magistrates).


 
Operational intelligence units on narcotic drugs
 
To complete the territorial network of Ofast, it is planned, by the end of the year, the creation of operational intelligence units on narcotic drugs (Cross) in each department, on the model set up in Marseille, from 2015. As well as that of six additional Ofast detachments.

Christophe Castaner also highlighted the record results recorded by the agency in the month of January alone with 1.2 tonnes of cocaine seized.