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French interior minister proposes ‘global initiative’ against encrypted messaging apps

Posted by Sam Frances on Friday, August 19th, 2016 at 14:26

French interior minister proposes ‘global initiative’ against encrypted messaging apps

The French interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, has called for a “global initiative” to undermine encryption in messaging apps, reports Le Monde. “This is a central issue in the fight against terrorism,” said Cazeneuve, “many of the messages exchanged with a view to carrying out terrorist attacks...

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Internet companies should have to get permission to do ...anything?

Posted by Public Affairs Team on Friday, August 12th, 2016 at 16:51

Internet companies should have to get permission to do ...anything?

John Carr, in his evidence to the Lords Communications Committee inquiry on Children and the Internet: Facebook’s pioneering slogan—the idea on which the company was founded—was “Move Fast and Break Things”. It ties in with another idea, which is central to the whole idea of how the internet...

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ISPs call for clarity on automatic compensation proposals

Posted by Sam Frances on Friday, August 12th, 2016 at 15:56

ISPs call for clarity on automatic compensation proposals

ISPs call for clarity on automatic compensation proposals Broadband and mobile ISPs have called for greater clarity on proposals to grant consumers the right to automatic compensation for broadband or mobile outages. In response to Ofcom’s consultation on the topics, many respondents raised...

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03 August 2016

IP Bill: 70% of UK think government already has too many surveillance powers
Posted by Sam Frances

More than two thirds of the UK population think that the government already has too much power to spy on its citizens, even without the controversial new powers in the Investigatory Powers Bill. That’s according to a survey by security firm Venafi. Of more than 2000 respondents, 78% said that it...

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26 July 2016

EDPS ePrivacy Directive report recommends banning crypto back-doors
Posted by Sam Frances

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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19 July 2016

Advocate-General: data retention may be lawful, but Digital Rights Ireland conditions are mandatory
Posted by Public Affairs Team

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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18 July 2016

UK Gov: IP Bill could give Home Secretary power to ban end-to-end encryption
Posted by Sam Frances

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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