Privacy

Time to stop nuisance calls in their tracks

As July is Scams Awareness Month and with financial scams defrauding complainants by over £4m, LSE’s Claire Milne argues that the cost of inaction regarding nuisance and spam calls might be greater than the cost of technical measures necessary to put an end to them.

Yet again scam and nuisance calls are in the news. Government and regulators continue […]

July 10th, 2015|Featured, Privacy|0 Comments|
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    Not so different after all? Reconciling Delfi vs. Estonia with EU rules on intermediary liability

Not so different after all? Reconciling Delfi vs. Estonia with EU rules on intermediary liability

On 16 June 2015, the European Court of Human Rights delivered its final judgment in Delfi AS v. Estonia. By fifteen votes to two, the Grand Chamber ruled that there was no violation of Article 10 of the Convention of Human Rights (‘the Convention’ hereafter) despite the imposition of publisher liability for user generated content. Would the case […]

Secrecy, distrust, and interception of communications

LSE PhD researcher Bernard Keenan breaks down the different elements of the concept of “secrecy” that were highlighted by the recently-released report on surveillance laws in the UK.

The long-awaited report from the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, David Anderson QC, was published on 11 June. Entitled ‘A Question of Trust’, it is the first comprehensive and politically impartial official […]

The Delfi AS vs Estonia judgement explained

Today, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights issued its judgment in the case of Delfi AS vs Estonia, ruling that ‘The Court holds… that there has been no violation of Article 10 of the Convention.’ Professor Lorna Woods explains the key aspects of the judgment and offers her initial reaction to the decision.

The Grand Chamber […]

Will digital innovators say bye bye Britain?

LSE’s Alison Powell discusses the implications of the proposed Investigatory Powers Bill outlined in last week’s Queen’s Speech for the UK’s tech startup industry.

I visited beautiful Brighton yesterday to meet up with social media company Ind.ie and discuss their new distributed, privacy-friendly social networking platform. But it’s probably the last time I’ll head down to see them, because Ind.ie […]

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    Why I have signed a letter to all MPs calling for greater Parliamentary scrutiny of surveillance laws

Why I have signed a letter to all MPs calling for greater Parliamentary scrutiny of surveillance laws

An alliance of academics, led by the LSE’s Andrew Murray and the University of East Anglia’s Paul Bernal, have sent an open letter to UK MPs calling for greater Parliamentary scrutiny of surveillance laws. Here Andrew Murray explains further.

Today a letter signed by myself and 37 other leading academics and researchers was sent to all 650 UK MPs. In […]

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    Why EU authorities are taking a closer look at Facebook’s privacy practices

Why EU authorities are taking a closer look at Facebook’s privacy practices

On 13 May 2015, the Belgian Privacy Commission issued a recommendation as part of an ongoing investigation into Facebook’s privacy practices. Brendan Van Alsenoy and Valerie Verdoodt describe why Facebook is facing increased regulatory scrutiny and summarize the highlights of the recent recommendation.

In November last year, Facebook announced it would be updating its policies and terms. Changes were […]

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    Passenger Name Records and data protection issues: busting some myths

Passenger Name Records and data protection issues: busting some myths

In her third post examining the overlap between data protection issues and border control (see her first and second posts) Diana Dimitrova from KU Leuven looks at the proposal for a Passenger Name Record, revived after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, from a privacy and data protection angle.

In the past months, the Passenger Name Record (PNR) debate in the EU was […]

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    In Open Letter to Google, 80 Technology Scholars Press for More Transparency on Right to Be Forgotten Compliance

In Open Letter to Google, 80 Technology Scholars Press for More Transparency on Right to Be Forgotten Compliance

Rutgers Professor Ellen Goodman explains why 80 scholars from around the world have released an open letter to Google asking for more transparency on how it responds to user requests to delist search results, following the so-called right to be forgotten ruling last year.

One year ago, the European Court of Justice, in Google Spain v AEPD and Mario Costeja González, […]

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    Welcoming a UN special rapporteur to the Online Human Rights Choir

Welcoming a UN special rapporteur to the Online Human Rights Choir

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will soon appoint a special rapporteur to investigate the right to privacy in the digital age. LSE alumna Anri van der Spuy, now a fellow at the UN Secretariat of the IGF and her colleague Carl Gahnberg (who both write here in a personal capacity that does not reflect the views of […]