Archive for: February 2016

Zika Virus Now Spreading In The Caribbean

Twenty-two countries in the Caribbean have confirmed cases of the Zika virus. Meanwhile, those with unaffected communities have launched huge volunteer forces to help rid of garbage and all possible habitat of Zika-bearing mosquitoes. All residents are taking part to encourage other communities to do the same.

According to Saint Lucia Health Minister Alvina Reyinolds:

“This is a national issue. It’s something for everybody. Yes it will affect unborn children in the womb 0-3 months in a more significant and serious way and we would know of other issues of mild paralysis etcetera, but it’s just that we do not need those diseases in our spaces.

“And better still, we can prevent that by doing the most simple things that we were taught as children anyway. That is to keep your environment clean.”

Meanwhile, regional leaders said the Zika virus is hurting their respective tourism economies.

Dominica is one of the countries using a community-led approach to stopping the virus.

Meanwhile, Antigua and Barbuda used technology to help track mosquito-infested sites and reduce them with methods available.

Along with the public, private and tourism representatives are joining the cause to fight against the Zika outbreak.

In Barbados, Curacao, the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, Puerto Rico, St. Martin and the US Virgin Islands all have confirmed cases of Zika virus.

US-Europe Data Agreement Fails

US and European Senior Officials failed to reach an agreement on financial information, social media and other digital information can be transferred between the two regions. The two sides had opposing views on many specific details to reach a proper deal.

The deal would help US-based tech firms such as Google, Facebook and other tech companies avoid legal troubles in the EU.

The transfer of vital online business financial information has been a big issue for most European businesses. Google’s long-running case with Europe involved the use of information that favoured certain businesses, according to European officials.

Non-tech companies, such as GE, move data related to customers and employees and how well their products are used.

According to Global Head Of Privacy And Data Protection In Linklaters law firm Tanguy Van Overstraeten, many uncertainties are happening and a solution is needed.

American officials proposed the creation of a Data Ombudsman within the State Department. The office would give Europeans a direct contact point with the United States should information have been mismanaged. Europeans are also advised to seek arbitration with American companies should digital information be perceived as misused.

However, officials from Europe said the moves wouldn’t hold up should it be challenged in European courts.

Europeans also want more information on American limits to intelligence agency intelligence gathering and methods to allow Europeans to file legal claims to US tech companies or any firm that had misused their data.