Data Protection

The Limits of Parental Consent in an Algorithmic World

Data protection reform is set to take place throughout the European Union when the General Data Protection Regulation becomes law in May 2018. Nathan Fisk, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Education at the University of South Florida, discusses questions around the age of consent for data collection and processing, and its implications for teenagers and their parents.

Fundamentally, the General Data Protection […]

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    Wanted: evidence base to underpin a children’s rights-based implementation of the GDPR

Wanted: evidence base to underpin a children’s rights-based implementation of the GDPR

On 14 October 2016 a group of experts from various backgrounds joined a round table organised by LSE’s Media Policy Project, the UK Council for Child Internet Safety’s Evidence Group, the Centre for Digital Democracy and the School of Communication at American University, in order to discuss the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation on children and young […]

Decoding the GDPR and its implications for UK children

On 14 October 2016 the Media Policy Project hosted a round-table meeting at the LSE to discuss the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation on children. Pascal Crowe, postgraduate student at the LSE, attended the meeting and produced a report detailing the discussion.

The GDPR, which comes into effect in 2018, will have far reaching implications on children’s use […]

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    To be 13 or 16, that is the question: the implications for UK teenagers of the European General Data Protection Regulation

To be 13 or 16, that is the question: the implications for UK teenagers of the European General Data Protection Regulation

To discuss the issues arising from the General Data Protection Regulation’s provision that under 16 year-olds will need parental consent before accessing social media or other online services, the LSE’s Media Policy Project, the UK Council for Child Internet Safety’s Evidence Group, the Centre for Digital Democracy and the School of Communication at American University met in a round […]

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    Corbyn’s digital meh-nifesto is too rooted in the past to offer much for the future

Corbyn’s digital meh-nifesto is too rooted in the past to offer much for the future

Paul Bernal is a Lecturer in Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Media Law in the University of East Anglia School of Law. Here he raises questions about the implications of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s new Digital democracy manifesto. 
While the Labour Party recently launched their Digital Democracy Manifesto with as much fanfare as they could muster, the reaction to it could […]

Brexit: Implications for Data Protection Law

Dan Tench, Partner at Olswang LLP, here reflects on the implications of the recent Brexit vote in the UK on data protection law.  

For months, data protection lawyers have been warning businesses in the UK to make preparations for the pending General Data Protection Regulation (the “Regulation”), due to come into force in May 2018. The Regulation provides for […]

Brexit and the Future of Data Protection

In the aftermath of last week’s EU referendum, Anya Proops QC explores the implications of Brexit for the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation, due to take effect by 25 May 2018.

So a week on from the Brexit referendum and it is clear that that there is no clear, carefully thought out strategy for extricating ourselves from the […]

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    ICANN’s WHOIS System Must Follow Local Laws and Best Practices in Data Protection

ICANN’s WHOIS System Must Follow Local Laws and Best Practices in Data Protection

The Internet operates in a space far removed from Westphalian sovereignty, where mostly self-regulated private entities set policy through network architecture and engineering decisions. Among these bodies, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a California-based not-for-profit, holds a monopoly over the technical and functional workings of the Internet’s domain name and numbering systems. It is also […]

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    Data protection through the lens of competition law: will Germany lead the way?

Data protection through the lens of competition law: will Germany lead the way?

On 2 March 2016, the Bundeskartellamt, the German competition authority, announced its decision to initiate proceedings against Facebook on suspicion that the social network provider had abused its dominant position by infringing data protection rules. Inge Graef and Brendan Van Alsenoy, Legal Researchers at the KU Leuven Centre for IT and IP Law, argue that the case represents the […]

Data Protection at the Schengen borders after Paris

Diana Dimitrova of the KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law discusses the proposed amendment from December 2015 to the Schengen Borders Code (SBC), tabled in response to the Paris attacks that took place in November 2015. In this post, she examines some of the privacy and data protection issues that arise from the provisions of the proposal.

The Schengen […]