Greetings from Brussels! Recently there have been a number of articles in the media related to the retention of metadata, which essentially refers to the retention of information concerning Internet and mobile phone usage. This is an important area of privacy development and also highly controversial. Only recently in Australia, both houses of Parliament voted in favor of legislation that obliges telecommunication companies and Internet service providers (ISPs) to store customers’ metadata&mda... Read more
The road toward a revamped data protection mandate in the EU has been a long and arduous one, but this week news came out of Brussels that may inch the region-wide project closer to completion. DAPIX, the Data Protection and Information Exchange, held its last meeting on the General Data Protection Regulation under the current Latvian Presidency, writes Promontory’s John Bowman, CIPP/E, “in anticipation of a general approach agreement being reached on the text at the meeting of the Justice and H... Read more
Information Commissioner Christopher Graham doesn’t want regulators left behind amidst the technological changes affecting personal data’s use. That’s according to a report in ComputerWeekly on the 2015 European Conference of Data Protection Authorities (DPAs). “The digital revolution has implications for every aspect of our lives—as citizens, as consumers, as individuals,” Graham said, noting DPAs “need to get practical.” Meanwhile, Computerworld reports on a survey that indicates only “o... Read more
EurActiv reports “policy-makers have moved to strengthen data retention laws, insisting that information will only be stored in Germany, and for much shorter periods, after the European Court of Justice struck down EU legislation that required data storage for longer periods.” Other changes from an earlier draft include requiring metadata to be retained a significantly shorter time than the six months originally proposed, Ars Technica reports. Citing a 55-page draft of the data retention law pub... Read more
The UK government has "quietly" changed a law to exempt “intelligence agencies from prosecution for hacking computers, phones and networks,” ZDNet reports, noting Privacy International has indicated “it was told ‘hours’ prior to a hearing of its claims against GCHQ, the UK's electronic spy agency, that the UK government had rewritten the Computer Misuse Act to permit its intelligence agencies to conduct cyberattacks.” Meanwhile, PBS reports on the recent passage of France’s surveillance law by t... Read more
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