Jul 232014

Media companies expressed concern about the impact that proposed changes to EU data protection laws will have on the way they handle personal information at a recent industry debate hosted by ITN and the Media Society. However, Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said that a current exemption to the application of some data protection rules that [...]

Jul 222014

Loek Essers reports: Two members of the British Parliament are seeking judicial review of a surveillance law that extends U.K. data retention rules and was rushed through by the government. David Davis and Tom Watson are working with U.K. human rights organization Liberty to get the law reviewed, the organization said Tuesday. Read more on TechWorld.

Jul 202014

From EPIC: EPIC has obtained documents from the Department of Education detailing parent and student complaints about the misuse of educational records. The Department released the documents in response to an EPIC Freedom of Information Act request. The documents reveal that schools and districts have disclosed students’ personal records without consent, possibly in violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The documents also reveal that the Department failed to [...]

Jul 182014

Samuel Gibbs reports: The Open Rights Group (ORG) is taking the government to court to try to block the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers (Drip) bill, which was rushed through parliament on Tuesday. The bill cleared Commons, despite 56 MPs opposing the deal between the three main parties. The ORG believes that it can stop the bill coming [...]

Jul 162014

James Glenday reports: Australia’s top spy is stepping up his push for controversial new surveillance laws which would see phone and internet companies keep details of their customers’ communications for up to two years. Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) director-general David Irvine says “it’s just a basic building block of any investigation”. The Government says [...]

Jul 162014

Cat Zakrzewski reports: A coalition of 30 companies and privacy groups, including Reddit and search engine DuckDuckGo, on Tuesday demanded that  President Barack Obama promise to reject a controversial cybersecurity bill. The bill has come under fire for its loose limits on sharing information about cyber threats without properly filtering personal information from it among government agencies, including the National [...]

Jul 162014

Dr. Adrian Davis writes: The debate around the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers (DRIP) Bill has centred on how much the state should be allowed to know about us, but it is not just the state that would like to know who we have called, emailed, or instant-messaged in the past year. Cyber-criminals and hacker groups frequently target [...]