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Category Archives: EU Data Protection

Coalition Urges White House to Recognize EU Opinion; End NSA Telephone Records Program

“In a letter to the White House, a coalition of US organizations urged the Administration to recognize the recent opinion by the Court of Justice, the highest court in Europe, that ended a European data retention mandate. The European law required telephone and internet companies to retain metadata on customers for national security purposes. The European Court of JusticeContinue Reading

Welcome to the home page of the European Data Protection Supervisor

“The EDPS is an independent supervisory authority devoted to protecting personal data and privacy and promoting good practice in the EU institutions and bodies. He does so by: monitoring the EU administration’s processing of personal data; advising on policies and legislation that affect privacy; and cooperating with similar authorities to ensure consistent data protection.”

Data Retention Directive Invalid, says EU’s Highest Court

EFF – “Today the European Court of Justice declared the EU’s Data Retention Directive invalid, declaring that the mass collection of Internet data in Europe entailed a “wide-ranging and particularly serious interference with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data.” The Directive ordered European states to pass laws that obliged InternetContinue Reading

UK – Bring your own device (BYOD)

Bring your own device guidance: “Bring your own device is a term which refers to when employees use their personal computing devices (typically smart phones and tablets) in the workplace. Permitting devices which you do not have sufficient control over to connect to the corporate IT systems can introduce a range of security vulnerabilities and other dataContinue Reading

Handbook on European data protection law

“This handbook is designed to familiarise legal practitioners who are not specialised in the field of data protection with this area of law. It provides an overview of the EU’s and the CoE’s applicable legal frameworks. The rapid development of information and communication technologies underscores the growing need for the robust protection of personal data –Continue Reading

Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies Presents Report to President Obama

Transmittal Letter from Richard A. Clarke; Michael J. Morell; Geoffrey R. Stone; Cass R. Sunstein; Peter Swire - “Dear Mr. President: We are honored to present you with the Final Report of the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies – Liberty and Security in a Changing World. Consistent with your memorandum of August 27, 2013, our recommendationsContinue Reading

Mass Surveillance of Personal Data by EU Member States and Its Compatibility with EU Law

Bigo, Didier and Carrera, Sergio and Hernanz, Nicholas and Jeandesboz, Julien and Parkin, Joanna and Ragazzi, Francesco Rossi and Scherrer, Amandine, Mass Surveillance of Personal Data by EU Member States and Its Compatibility with EU Law (November 6, 2013). Liberty and Security in Europe Papers No. 61. Available at SSRN. “In the wake of theContinue Reading

Report on the findings by EU Co-chairs of ad hoc EU-US Working Group on Data Protection

Report on the findings by the EU Co-chairs of the ad hoc EU-US Working Group on Data Protection. Council of the European Union, Brussels, 27 November 2013. “Under US law, a number of legal bases allow large-scale collection and processing, for foreign intelligence purposes, including counter-terrorism, of personal data that has been transferred to the USContinue Reading

Report – Telecoms plan shielded European Internet

Via Deutsche Welle: “Deutsche Telekom says the scandal over US and British eavesdropping has prompted German providers to contemplate an inner-German or inner-European Internet. Data would no longer be routed and stored via other continents.  Germany’s state-backed Telekom confirmed on Sunday that German providers were discussing an Internet confined within Europe’s “Schengen” countries. One project code-namedContinue Reading

UK Guardian – NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts

Jason Ball – The NSA memo suggests that such surveillance was not isolated as the agency routinely monitors world leaders. [snipped] “The National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another US government department, according to a classified document provided by whistleblower EdwardContinue Reading

23 US NGOs Support EU Data Protection Regulation

EPIC: “In a letter to members of the European Parliament, a coalition of 23 leading U.S. consumer, privacy, and civil liberties groups expressed support for the new EU Data Protection Regulation. The coalition said although it “remain[s] optimistic that we will eventually update privacy laws in the United States,” until then, “the European Union offersContinue Reading

UK Report Challenges copyright Claims Against Online File Sharing

Copyright & Creation – A Case for Promoting Inclusive Online Sharing, Bart Cammaerts; Robin Mansell; Bingchun Meng. The London School of Economics and Political Science Department of Media and Communications. “The implementation of the Digital Economy Act (DEA) 2010 is not expected before 2015, a lengthy delay. The September 2013 report of the House ofContinue Reading