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Personal Data – yet another contradictory decision

For a while there has been one pair of contradictory answers to the question of whether an IP address was personal data. Two different German courts were asked about addresses in the log of a web server: one said that was personal data, the other said it wasn’t. Now we seem to have another pair. […]

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Dealing with Misuse of eduroam

An interesting presentation at the TERENA TF-CSIRT meeting on how visited and home sites need to work together to resolve complaints about users of eduroam visitor networks. Stefan Winter is both an architect of eduroam and a member of RESTENA-CSIRT, so well placed to understand these issues. Although the JRS and eduroam Policies both require […]

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Data Protection Directive Meeting

I had an interesting day in Brussels yesterday, providing input for the Commission’s revision of the 1995 Data Protection Directive. Invitations had been sent to those who responded to the consultation last year, so a wide variety of organisations were present, including banking, marketing, medical, consumer rights, content industries and telecommunications operators. There was general […]

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Cloud Incident Response and Security

Cloud computing was the theme of the day at the FIRST conference, with talks on security and incident response both concluding that we may need to re-learn old techniques. The adoption of at least some form of “cloud” seems to be inevitable, so we need to understand how to do this with an acceptable level […]

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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 […]