Apple: the next iMac would adopt a new design and an Apple Silicon processor this year

For the first time since 2012, Apple would finally renew the design of its iMac. In 2021, Apple is preparing at least three new desktop Macs. According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, who also released information on future MacBook Pros and iPhone 12 successors in recent days, Apple will announce an iMac and two Mac Pros in 2021. The transition to Apple Silicon processors gives a new blows to the computers of the Californian giant.     iMac: finally an edge-to-edge screen This year, the iMac could change completely. Mark Gurman indicates that the borders of his screen would be much smaller, like Pro Display XDR, the ultra high-end screen launched by Apple with the Mac Pro in 2019. The back of the computer would also abandon the curvature in favor of a completely flat frame.  This new iMac would also be equipped with an Apple Silicon processor, probably a more powerful chip than the Apple M1 chip currently present in the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini. The 2021 iMac is reportedly

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 wants to be exemplary

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 businesses that need to transfer their data outside the European Union, including a contractual commitment to challenge government requests, along with a financial commitment to show our conviction, ”she announces.

“Microsoft is the first company to commit in response to guidance given last week by data protection regulators in the European Union. "  


EDPS recommendations

The European privacy authorities, grouped under the aegis of the European Data Protection Council (EDPS), adopted several recommendations last week following the "Schrems II" judgment.

"By virtue of the judgment of July 16, data controllers who rely on the standard contractual clauses (CCT) are required to verify, on a case-by-case basis and, if necessary, in collaboration with the recipient of the data in the third country, if the legislation of the third country ensures a level of protection of the personal data transferred which is essentially equivalent to that guaranteed in the European Economic Area (EEA) ”, indicates the EDPS.

"The CJEU allows exporters to consider additional measures to contractual clauses to ensure effective compliance with this level of protection when the guarantees contained in the clauses are not sufficient. "

Edward Snowden and Max Schrems

US tech companies were forced to make major adjustments to their terms of service following Max Schrems' victory in a 2013 privacy breach lawsuit he filed against Facebook. argues that information about Europeans sent to US servers could be used by US law enforcement.

The plaintiff filed a complaint after Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, showed in 2013 that the agency carried out massive surveillance of US citizens and foreigners through Google, Microsoft, Facebook and other tech giants.

The Schrems case resulted in the CJEU's invalidation in 2015 of the "Safe Harbor" principle, which for 15 years had allowed organizations to transfer personal data from Europeans to the United States.

From Safe Harbor to Privacy Shield

The disappearance of the Safe Harbor gave birth to the Privacy Shield, which entered into force in August 2016. But Max Schrems filed a new lawsuit and, in July, the CJEU ruled that this new agreement also violated the rules of the GDPR, in a judgment known, baptized "Schrems II".

According to Julie Brill, Microsoft promises to challenge all government requests for customer data from the public sector or businesses, when there is a legitimate reason to do so. “This strong commitment goes beyond the recommendations proposed by the EDPS”, she underlines.

Microsoft also promises to "provide financial compensation to these customers if we disclose their data following a government request" by not respecting the GDPR. “This shows that Microsoft is confident that we will protect the data of our corporate and public sector customers and not expose them to inappropriate disclosure. "