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LINX Public Affairs exists to obtain advance warning of public policy developments that could affect LINX members and the Internet community as a whole; to inform our members about important policy developments at a time when it is still possible to influence them; and to educate, inform and...

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European Parliament officially adopts Terrorism Directive

Posted by Daniel Smith on Thursday, February 16th, 2017 at 16:17

European Parliament officially adopts Terrorism Directive

The European Parliament has officially adopted the EU Directive on Combatting Terrorism, which is designed to give police and prosecutors across the EU the ability to “fight and counter terrorism more effectively and ensure a common response to the evolving terrorist threat.” The Directive...

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UK’s new National Cyber Security Centre officially launches

Posted by Daniel Smith on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 at 12:28

UK’s new National Cyber Security Centre officially launches

The Queen has officially opened the UK’s new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). The Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, speaking at the launch, stated that the centre will “not just focus on protecting against major attacks on critical national infrastructure, but also raising our security capability...

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Posted by malcolm on Monday, January 30th, 2017 at 16:13

DCMS Parliamentary committee “fake news” enquiry

The Commons Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport has launched an enquiry into "fake news".Alleging that people making stuff up is a "growing phenomenon", the Parliamentary commitee has published a call for written submissions. Amongst the matters under investigation are "What is fake news?...

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30 January 2017

Digital Economy Bill amendment raises EU law concerns
Posted by malcolm

The amendment provides that A provider of an internet access service to an end-user may prevent or restrict access on the service to information, content, applications or services, for child protection or other purposes, if the action is in accordance with the terms on which the end-user uses the...

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03 January 2017

UK Government publishes Cyber Security Regulation and Incentives Review
Posted by Daniel Smith

The UK Government has published a review of cyber security regulation and incentives, which considered “whether there is a need for additional regulation or incentives to boost cyber risk management in the wider economy.” The Review concludes that “significant improvements in cyber risk management...

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08 December 2016

Tech giants join forces to curb spread of online terrorist content
Posted by Daniel Smith

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube have announced a joint-initiative to help curb the spread of terrorist content online. According to a joint statement by the companies, they will commit to “the creation of a shared industry database of “hashes” – unique digital “fingerprints” – for violent...

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29 November 2016

Ofcom to order “legal separation” of Openreach from BT
Posted by malcolm

The new Openreach would have its own Board of Directors and its own balance sheet. It would still be wholly owned by BT, and it is not clear how much day-to-day authority BT would have over its subsidiary. The move, called "legal separation", would stop short of full structural separation in which...

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02 November 2016

UK Government publishes its National Cyber Security Strategy
Posted by Daniel Smith

The UK Government has launched its new five-year National Cyber Security Strategy stating that it will spend a total of £1.9 billion over the next five years to realise its vision that by 2021 “the UK is secure and resilient to cyber threats, prosperous and secure in the digital world”. This vision...

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06 October 2016

Investigatory Powers Bill will not authorise third party data retention
Posted by malcolm

Collecting "third party data" refers to the prospect of requiring access providers to collect communications data relating to the use of an Internet-based service (as opposed to communications data relating to the connection to that service. This is most easily explained with an...

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