Privacy

When is a toothbrush not just a toothbrush?

Rules around data collection are undergoing reform in the UK with the Digital Economy Bill and the EU General Data Protection Regulation, due to become law in May 2018. Here Joanna Adler, Professor of Forensic Psychology and Director of Forensic Psychological Services at Middlesex University, writes about the growing ‘internet of things’ and implications for privacy and media literacy, […]

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    Could the European GDPR undermine the UK Investigatory Powers Act?

Could the European GDPR undermine the UK Investigatory Powers Act?

The Investigatory Powers Act, also widely known as the Snooper’s Charter, received Royal Assent on 29 November, 2016, and thus is now law. However, 2016 also saw the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) being approved by the EU Parliament in April. Pascal Crowe, postgraduate student at the LSE, attended a recent conference organised by Alison Harcourt of the University […]

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    How the UK passed the most invasive surveillance law in democratic history

How the UK passed the most invasive surveillance law in democratic history

The Investigatory Powers Bill was recently passed by both Houses of the UK parliament and is set to become law, likely by the end of the year. Paul Bernal, Lecturer in Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Media Law, University of East Anglia, looks at the implications of the bill.

You might not have noticed thanks to world events, but the […]

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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 […]

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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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    Negotiating the Data Protection Thicket: Life in the Aftermath of Schrems

Negotiating the Data Protection Thicket: Life in the Aftermath of Schrems

Last week, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) declared that the Safe Harbour agreement which allowed the movement of digital data between the EU and the US was invalid. The Court was ruling in a case brought by Max Schrems, an Austrian student and privacy campaigner who, in the wake of the Snowden revelations of mass […]

(Un)Safe Harbour: Stop! Or the Court of Justice will shoot

In the following post, Diana Dimitrova of the KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law, discusses the implications of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (ECJ) ruling that the Safe Harbour scheme is invalid, and looks at the powers of national supervisory authorities in ensuring compliance with the rights to privacy and data protection.

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Safe Harbour: Key Aspects of the ECJ Ruling

Today, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) declared that the Safe Harbour agreement which allowed the movement of digital data between the EU and the US was invalid. The Court was ruling in a case brought by Max Schrems, an Austrian student and privacy campaigner who, in the wake of the Snowden revelations of mass surveillance, […]

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    Data transfers to the US: Safe Harbour declared invalid. What are your options now?

Data transfers to the US: Safe Harbour declared invalid. What are your options now?

One of Europe’s most senior lawyers, Advocate General (AG) Bot, yesterday declared the EU-US Safe Harbour regime invalid. His opinion has profound implications for organisations transferring personal data to the US or importing personal data from Europe. Ross McKean, from Olswang LLP, explains here the practical implications for companies transferring personal data from Europe to the US.

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    The Willems judgment: CJEU’s missed chance to rein in biometric data usage

The Willems judgment: CJEU’s missed chance to rein in biometric data usage

In her fourth post on data retention and border controls, Diana Dimitrova from KU Leuven looks at the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) judgment in the Willems case. Diana discusses the Court’s reasoning on the applicability of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (CFREU) to the further usage of the biometrics (facial and fingerprint […]