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DEB – Government confused, let’s help

The Government has published a factsheet on the position of universities, libraries and others under the Digital Economy Bill. On how these organisations fit the Bill’s definitions, they conclude: Without examining the situation for each university and their relationship with JANET, it is not possible to say whether JANET is acting as an ISP or […]

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Non-photographic indecent images of children

I’ve been reminded that section 62 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, passed last November, created a new offence of possessing non-photographic images of children that are pornographic and fall into one of a number of sexual categories. When the section is brought into force such images will be classed in the same way […]

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EC Consultation on personal data law

The Commission have been running a consultation for several months to inform a possible revision of the Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC), which is now fifteen years old and starting to creak under the strain of new ways of doing business. I’ve sent in a JANET(UK) response raising issues we’ve tripped over in developing the UK […]

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Cookies – end of the world, or no change?

The amended EC law requiring opt-in, rather than opt-out, to non-essential cookies was criticised last week as “breathtakingly stupid” because of its implications for advert-funded sites. However advertisers have now said that they don’t think the law requires any change to current practice! So is there a problem, or not? I don’t know, but I […]

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House of Lords looks at network resilience and CERTs

On Tuesday I was invited with Chris Gibson of FIRST to give evidence to the Home Affairs Sub-Committee of the European Affairs Committee of the House of Lords. They are currently looking at the European Commission’s proposals to protect Europe from large-scale Cyberattacks. We spent an hour and a half explaining what CERTs are, how […]

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New EC Cookie Law?

Considerable concern has been expressed about the news that it has apparently been agreed to change European law on cookies as part of the revision of the Telecoms Directives. The current law on cookies is contained in Article 5 of the Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications (2002/58/EC) and Regulation 6 of the UK’s matching […]

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More on Breach Notification

Further to my last posting on breach notification, my attention has been drawn to a recent (22nd October 2009) draft text of the proposed Directive to amend the EC telecoms directives. As an amendment to the existing Directive 2002/58/EC the new proposals would apply in the first instance only to public telecommunications networks and services. […]

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apComms – Regulating the Internet

The all-party parliamentary communications group (apComms) have published the results of their enquiry into various aspects of internet security – entitled “Can we keep our hands off the net?” – to which JANET provided written evidence earlier in the summer. We responded on two of the five questions, relating to the work of the Internet […]

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Internet Watch Foundation AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) brought some very positive news on efforts to reduce the availability of indecent images of children on the Internet. Thanks to the self-regulatory action of UK hosting providers only a tiny fraction of illegal images reported to IWF are hosted in the UK – down […]

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Legislative Options for Illicit Peer-to-Peer Filesharing

Over the summer the government has carried out the latest in a series of consultations on what to do about sharing of copyright files on peer-to-peer networks. Under the current law, sharing copyright files without permission is a civil offence and rights-holders can sue those who do it. However the criminal offence of copyright breach […]