Lords pass defamation bill

Impending reform introduced by Lords McNally and Lester could end London’s status as ‘libel capital of the world’ Laws that led to London being dubbed “the libel capital of the world” will be reformed after peers in the Lords voted to pass the defamation bill, ending a three-year campaign led by Liberal Democrat peers Lord ...

China’s model for controlling the internet is being adopted elsewhere

AT A UNITED NATIONS conference on telecommunications governance in Dubai last December representatives of most of the world’s countries argued furiously over the way the internet should be managed. The debate established a clear divide over how much control a country should have over its own internet. On one side were America, the European Union ...

Industry seeks standards on data security for ‘internet of things’ network

The concept of the ‘internet of things’ (IoT) is a term given to the increasing automatic communication between devices and tags that are forming complex networks around citizens. The Commission has said that the network “has the potential to considerably improve the life of EU citizens” and “will create tremendous opportunities for innovation-based growth and ...

Academics line up to defend EU data protection law

This position has been signed by more than 90 leading senior academics from across Europe, from disciplines such as Computer Science, Law, Economics and Business Administration. The automatic processing of personal data is growing at an incredible pace and is starting to become an integral part of economic, administrative and social processes in Europe and ...

A29 Working Party Adopts Mobile Apps Opinion

In a press release, the Article 29 Working Party (A29WP) released its joint opinion on mobile apps. The opinion outlines specific obligations of app developers and other parties–including app stores, advertising providers and operating system and device manufacturers–and pays special attention to apps targeting children. Noting that many apps collect users’ photo albums or location ...

Facebook: two thirds of users log off for weeks at a time

Two thirds of Facebook users have taken a voluntary break from the site for several weeks or more, citing reasons ranging from “excessive gossip or drama from their friends” to “concerns about privacy”, according to new research. But much as its critics might like to think otherwise, the world’s most popular social network is showing ...

Firm Launches Privacy and Free Trade Coalition

Hogan Lovells today announced the formation of the Coalition for Privacy and Free Trade. The formation of the new coalition follows the announcement by President Obama that the United States and the European Union soon will commence negotiations for a Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (formally, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)), and Japan’s announcement ...

EU data protection talks enter crucial phase

European parliament debating thousands of potential amendments to proposed rules. A fundamental overhaul of the European Union’s privacy rules is entering a bumpy phase as the European Parliament discusses more than 3,000 possible amendments to proposed legislation starting Wednesday — while member states review the proposals in parallel. 

The Internet is a surveillance state

Editor’s note: Bruce Schneier is a security technologist and author of “Liars and Outliers: Enabling  the Trust Society Needs to Survive.” (CNN) – I’m going to start with three data points. One: Some of the Chinese military hackers who were implicated in a broad set of attacks against the U.S. government and corporations were identified ...

Can Iceland lead the way towards a ban on violent online pornography?

The country prides itself on its progressive attitudes, but anti-censorship campaigners say move is a backward step Small, volcanic, with a proud Viking heritage and run by an openly gay prime minister, Iceland is now considering becoming the first democracy in the western world to try to ban online pornography. A nationwide consultation has found ...