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EDPS ePrivacy Directive report recommends banning crypto back-doors

Posted by Sam Frances on Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 at 15:10

EDPS ePrivacy Directive report recommends banning crypto back-doors

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has recommended that future data protection laws in Europe should include strong protections for end-to-end encryption, including a complete ban on ‘back-doors’. In his Preliminary EDPS Opinion on the review of the ePrivacy Directive, published last...

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Advocate-General: data retention may be lawful, but Digital Rights Ireland conditions are mandatory

Posted by Public Affairs Team on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 at 17:40

Advocate-General: data retention may be lawful, but Digital Rights Ireland conditions are mandatory

The Advocate-General of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has issued an Opinion concerning the legitimacy of data retention laws in EU member states. Two cases have been referred to the court concerning the legitimacy of the data retention laws in the UK (the Watson/Davis case) and...

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UK Gov: IP Bill could give Home Secretary power to ban end-to-end encryption

Posted by Sam Frances on Monday, July 18th, 2016 at 17:25

UK Gov: IP Bill could give Home Secretary power to ban end-to-end encryption

The Investigatory Powers Bill could give the Home Secretary the power to undermine end-to end encryption, according to a government spokesperson. Speaking during the Committee stage debate in the House of Lords last week, Minister of State for Defence Earl Howe said: Depending on the individual...

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18 July 2016

Draft BEREC Guidelines on implementation of net neutrality rules - LINX consultation response
Posted by Sam Frances

Below is our response to the consultation on BEREC's consultation on the draft guidelines on the Implementation by National Regulators of European Net Neutrality Rules. You can also download our response as a pdf. About LINX 1. The London Internet Exchange (LINX) is the UK's largest membership...

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14 July 2016

IPO: streaming up, piracy down
Posted by Sam Frances

Research commissioned by the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) shows a fall in online copyright infringement, combined with a steep rise in the use of legal streaming services such as Spotify and Netflix. The report, produced by Kantar Media, found that 80% of listeners used legal services...

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14 July 2016

Digital Economy Bill: USO, consumer protections, electronic communications code
Posted by Sam Frances

The Digital Economy Bill contains new measures to make broadband part of the universal service obligation, to boost broadband switching and enhance consumer compensation, and to reform the Electronic Communications Code. Universal Service Obligation The Bill would give businesses and households...

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07 July 2016

Digital Economy Bill contains mandatory age-verification, but avoids blocking
Posted by Sam Frances

The Digital Economy Bill, introduced to Parliament on Wednesday, will introduce mandatory age-verification for pornographic material available online in the UK. 15. Internet pornography: requirement to prevent access by persons under the age of 18 (1) A person must not make pornographic material...

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04 July 2016

UN to governments: stop trying to switch off the Internet
Posted by Sam Frances

The United Nations has called on governments to stop trying to “shut down” the Internet in emergency situations, in a resolution passed last Thursday. The Human Rights Council, … 10. Condemns unequivocally measures to intentionally prevent or disrupt access to or dissemination of information...

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30 June 2016

IANA transition: RIRs sign SLA with ICANN
Posted by Sam Frances

The Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) have signed a service level agreement with ICANN, clarifying their respective roles once IANA transition takes place. The signing took place at the ICANN56 in Helsinki, Finland, and was welcomed by RIRs as “a significant milestone”. Under the agreement,...

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