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Privacy, Safety, Security

IIC discussions explore ways to combine a respect for privacy and protection of personal data and critical information infrastructures, whilst enabling government authorities to protect national security interests. The NSA-Snowden revelations have had a major impact on discussions of privacy. Whereas before the focus was on the relative validity of different security approaches adopted by USA and Europe. In the post-PRISM debate the need to re-build trust towards providers and governments emerges strongly.

Key speakers on Privacy, Safety, Security

Thomas M Dailey

Thomas M Dailey

Aaron Burstein

Aaron Burstein

Adriana Labardini Inzunza

Adriana Labardini Inzunza

Alfredo Rafael Deluque Zuleta (Dr)

Alfredo Rafael Deluque Zuleta (Dr)

Andrew Barendse (Dr)

Andrew Barendse (Dr)

Angelo Marcello Cardani (Professor )

Angelo Marcello Cardani (Professor )

Talks on Privacy, Safety, Security

  • Privacy, security and trust

    How are regulators and policy makers responding to and managing expectations for data collection versus data use? Read
    Privacy, security and trust

More InterMedia articles on Privacy, Safety, Security

  • Q&A Ulf Pehrsson

    With ulf pehrsson, Ericsson's head of government and industry relations
    April 2016, Volume 44 Issue 01

  • 21st Century Privacy Fix

    With pressure mounting for new personal data privacy rules, Nancy Libin and Joshua Bercu assess the current state of play in the US and EU.
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • Privacy Research Directions

    Views and new studies about privacy from researchers at Aalborg University, Denmark
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • Final Countdown to Data Protection

    A long overdue reform in European data protection law has finally taken shape, as Maurizio Mensi explains.
    January 2016, Volume 43 Issue 04

  • Voyage of discovery

    Jean-Pierre Blais reports from Canada on 'discoverability' and the paradox of finding good television content in an age of seeming abundance
    April 2016, Volume 44 Issue 01

  • Anti-Spam Action

    Canada’s CRTC and the IIC kicked off discussion on international efforts to combat unwanted communications, as STEVEN HARROUN explains.

    April 2017, Volume 45 Issue 1

  • Europe's New Code for OTT

    There are few issues more fraught than how to deal with over the top services. ANDREAS GRÜNWALD and CHRISTOPH NÜSSING examine Europe’s draft code.

    January 2017, Volume 44 Issue 4

  • Protect and Roam

    Matt Hatton reviews the main regulatory trends in the world of M2M and the internet of things.
    March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01

  • Smartphones: Liberation or Limits?

    As more people, especially the less well off, have only a smartphone to access the internet, there are signs that a new type of digital divide could develop.  Ofcom’s Alison Preston describes new research carried out in the UK.
    July 2016, Volume 44 Issue 02

  • Stress Testing the US Privacy Framework

    Two major planks of US privacy regulation, including controversial new broadband rules, are discussed by AARON BURSTEIN and JOSHUA BERCU.

    January 2017, Volume 44 Issue 4

  • Time to Lead

    The latest ransomware attacks should be a catalyst for a more strategic approach to cybersecurity, argues MALCOLM TAYLOR.

    July 2017, Volume 45 Issue 2

Regulatory Watch articles on Privacy, Safety, Security

  • FCC set to overturn net neutrality order

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has unveiled a plan that would give internet providers broad powers to determine what websites and online services their customers can see and use, and at what cost, reports the Washington Post.

  • Wiretapping children’s watches banned in Germany

    Certain smartwatches for children can no longer be sold in Germany as some of these models are equipped with a “wiretapping” function, reports Deutsche Welle. Germany’s Federal Network Agency, or Bundesnetzagentur, announced the ban saying that these watches can be classed as ‘unauthorised transmitters’.

  • Somalia passes communications act, clears way for regulator

    The federal parliament of Somalia has passed a communications act that seeks to streamline the country's telecoms sector and tackle the growing cybercrimes in the country, reports the Horn Observer.

  • Child online safety highlighted in UK report and green paper

    A review by the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) evidence group, made up of researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Middlesex University and the University of Central Lancashire, has highlighted the major risks, opportunities and emerging trends for children online.

  • Europe seeks greater decryption powers for police

    The European Commission is seeking to give police greater powers to decrypt private messages as part of a wider proposal to crackdown on criminals and terrorists, reports EUobserver.

  • UK report on AI holds back on regulation

    Nine months after the UK government commissioned an independent review into artificial intelligence (AI), the authors have revealed their findings, reports Wired.

  • Workplace health tracking devices could be ruled out in Europe

    Startups hoping to sell health tracking devices and software to corporate customers are worried European regulators will torpedo their business model, reports Bloomberg.

  • Consenting to adware on new computers

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the US says it cannot stop computer makers from selling computers that inject ads into webpages to US consumers, notes Ars Technica.

  • Digital giants, data and European authorities

    US tech giants are back in Europe’s spotlight, reports the Financial Times. Facebook and Google are both in the headlines over sanctions from European authorities, with Google kicking off its fight against a €2.4bn EU fine for abusing its market dominant position by lodging a formal appeal at Luxembourg’s general court...

  • European employees must be told of workplace email monitoring

    Companies must tell employees in advance if their work email accounts are being monitored without unduly infringing their privacy, the European Court of Human Rights said in a ruling on defining the scope of corporate email snooping, reports Reuters.

  • Bahrain regulates critical telecoms infrastructure

    Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has issued a resolution on a regulation on critical telecoms infrastructure risk management.

  • Japan and EU converge on privacy

    A joint declaration by Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker aims to unite Japan’s and the EU’s data protection regimes.

  • European Parliament pushes back on anti-encryption measures

    A committee of the European Parliament is pushing back against the anti-encryption sentiment “infesting” governments around the world, with a report saying citizens need more protection, not less, notes the Register.

  • Dutch privacy regulator gets more resources

    The Dutch privacy regulator AP will receive more funds and staff to help with the implementation of the EU's new data protection rules, the justice ministry announced in parliament.

  • Norway’s regulator aims for domestic operation of telecoms for security

    Norway should impose regulation ensuring that owners of mobile telephone networks are able to fully operate installations domestically, without relying on staff or technical systems located abroad, the country's telecoms regulator, Nkom,* has said, according to Reuters.

  • Sudan limits mobile money exchanges amid possible terrorism concerns

    Sudanese people transferring money via telephone could be money laundering in support of terrorism, so the practice has to be restricted and regulated, Middle Easy Monitor reports a bank’s executive as saying...

  • Divisions open up over Europe’s e-privacy law

    EU member states are at odds with the European Commission (EC) over an extension to privacy legislation for communications providers, with some countries pushing for less restriction when analysing users’ data, reports Mobile World Live.

  • Cybersecurity needs global regulation – Telefónica

    To promote better cybersecurity, regulations should be brought in line across the globe and apply to everyone. That is the view of Pedro Pablo Perez, Telefónica’s VP of global security,...

  • New regulatory regime shapes up at the FCC

    The direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is becoming clear under its new chairman, Ajit Pai. In short, there looks to be a big move to deregulation, and already one major plank of the Obama administration has been halted before coming into force.

  • FCC chair calls for ‘regulatory humility’

    Ajit Pai, chairman of the FC, has called for a greater degree of “regulatory humility” to open the door to greater investment in 5G and fibre networks, reports the Financial Times.

  • Nigeria’s year of the telecoms consumer

    Nigeria has declared 2017 as the “year of the telecoms consumer”, making the announcement recently on World Consumer Rights Day.

  • UK releases digital and 5G strategies

    The UK government has published its latest digital strategy, outlining its plans for stimulating an inclusive digital economy and announcing a planned investment of over £1 billion for accelerating the development of next generation digital infrastructure,...

  • Europe’s digital content rules ‘must protect consumer data’

    The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has announced that the European Commission’s proposal for a directive on certain aspects concerning contracts for the supply of digital content opens up an opportunity for stronger consumer and data protection.

  • Danish consumer groups reports Google for privacy concerns

    A Danish consumer watchdog has reported Google to the Danish data protection agency for potentially breaking privacy laws by not capping the amount of time personal data is stored on Google's servers, Reuters reports.

  • Reaping digital dividends in Europe and Central Asia

    A new World Bank regional report, ‘Reaping digital dividends’  argues that digital dividends have the potential to be the driving force of poverty reduction and shared prosperity in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region.

  • Germany acts on transmitter in children’s doll

    Germany’s regulator, Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), has taken action against unauthorised wireless transmitting equipment in a children’s doll called Cayla, and has already removed products from the market. “Items that conceal cameras or microphones and that are capable of transmitting a signal, and therefore can transmit data without detection, compromise people's privacy.

  • Netherlands proposes merger powers

    The Dutch government has proposed legislation that would give it power to block or undo mergers in the telecoms sector, reports Reuters. In a statement, the Economic Affairs Ministry said telecoms, including data hosting centres and other internet infrastructure, is vital to national security...

  • US immigrant clampdown has privacy implications

    European Union data privacy watchdogs will seek assurances from US authorities that a move by US President Donald Trump to crack down on illegal immigration will not undermine a transatlantic pact protecting the privacy of Europeans' data, reports Reuters.

  • UK conducts cybersecurity review

    The UK government has announced the launch of a national cybersecurity review following the publication of a report by US intelligence agencies accusing Russia of a campaign to manipulate the recent US elections, reports Telecompaper.

  • Global kids online

    A majority of children say they learn something new online at least every week, but large numbers still face risks online,...

  • FTC takes aim at internet device security

    The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a complaint against Taiwan-based computer networking equipment manufacturer D-Link and its US subsidiary,...

  • CIA updates data collection rules

    The Central Intelligence Agency has released revised rules for collecting, analysing and storing information on American citizens, updating the rules for the information age and publishing them in full for the first time, reports Reuters.

  • FCC sets out cybersecurity imperative

    The US FCC has issued a white paper on cybersecurity risk reduction. It describes the risk reduction portfolio of the current Commission and suggests actions that would continue “to affirmatively reduce cyber risk..."

  • Europe proposes to update privacy

    The European Commission has proposed legislation to update current privacy rules, extending their scope to all electronic communication providers.

  • Rules for connected cars in Europe are coming

    The European Commission wants car companies to make sure new models have a slew of digital technologies that can cut fuel use and be safer on roads, as part of an EU strategy on internet-connected vehicles, report EurActiv.

  • Concerns about freedom on the internet

    The Global Network Initiative (GNI) has released a policy brief with recommendations for governments and companies to protect and respect free expression and privacy rights when responding to the challenge of alleged extremist or terrorist content online.

  • US urges cooperation in cybersecurity issues

    The US government and the private sector must cooperate to improve the security of digital networks, a US presidential commission on cybersecurity has recommended in a wide-ranging report, notes Reuters. The commission created by President Barack Obama earlier this year also recommended...

  • Canada and US cooperate on robocalls and spoofing

    The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that will allow both organisations to work more collaboratively on the growing threat that unwanted robocalls...

  • US debates need for new regulation for IoT

    Confronting the dangers posed by the internet of things – as demonstrated by the 21 October Mirai DDoS attack – members of the US House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee have held a hearing that examined the feasibility of regulating IoT devices, reports SC Media.

  • China clamps down on internet freedom

    China has passed a sweeping law tightening restrictions on internet freedoms, a move that foreign businesses say threatens to shut them out of one of the world’s biggest technology markets, reports the Financial Times.

  • France’s Digital Republic Act now in force

    On 7 October, the French Digital Republic Act (Loi n°2016-1321 pour une République numérique) came into force following a process which began in December 2015 to amend the laws regulating various aspects of the digital economy in France, notes law firm Fieldfisher. The law introduces new provisions that will regulate the digital economy as a whole (such as open data, online cooperative economy, revenge porn and access to the internet).

  • Europe’s audit of cybersecurity incidents

    The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), the cybersecurity body, has issued a report on the root causes of incidents and an aggregated level at which services and network assets are impacted. Incidents are reported on an annual basis by telecom regulators under Article 13a of the Framework Directive (2009/140/EC) to ENISA and the European Commission.

  • US privacy proposal up for a vote

    The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on 27 October on a revised proposal for rules to safeguard privacy of broadband users, reports Reuters. “FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's initial proposal came under harsh criticism..."

  • France’s Digital Republic Act now in force (Copy)

    On 7 October, the French Digital Republic Act (Loi n°2016-1321 pour une République numérique) came into force following a process which began in December 2015 to amend the laws regulating various aspects of the digital economy in France, notes law firm Fieldfisher. The law introduces new provisions that will regulate the digital economy as a whole (such as open data, online cooperative economy, revenge porn and access to the internet).

  • IoT gets news standards release

    The potential of the internet of things (IoT) is said to have ‘advanced significantly’ as oneM2M, the global standards initiative for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and the IoT, has published a new set of specifications, Release 2.

  • OECD ministerial meeting is launchpad for ‘One Internet’ report

    One Internet, the final report and recommendations of the Global Commission on Internet Governance, was released at the OECD ministerial meeting on the digital economy in Cancún, Mexico, in June.

  • Europe adopts privacy shield

    The European Commission has adopted the EU-US privacy shield, a framework that "protects the fundamental rights of anyone in the EU whose personal data is transferred to the US as well as bringing legal clarity for businesses relying on transatlantic data transfers".

  • Belgium fines Skype for ‘escaping’ telecoms rules

    The Belgian Institute for Post and Telecommunications (BIPT) has fined VoIP operator Skype 223,454 euro for its failure to identify itself as a provider of electronic communications services via its SkypeOut service, notes TeleGeography.

  • Data retention in Europe may be legal

    One of Europe's top legal advisers thinks the data retention laws in Sweden and the UK may be 'legit' but with strict conditions, reports Fortune.

  • UK gets tough on data breaches

    The UK government's Culture, Media and Sport Committee has recommended a prison sentence of up to two years for those convicted of unlawfully obtaining and selling personal data.

  • Commission finds Google in breach of competition law

    The European Commission has informed Google of its preliminary view that the company has, in breach of EU antitrust rules, "abused its dominant position by imposing restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators".

  • Digital rights of children now a priority

    On 2 March 2016, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe formally adopted the third Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child, writes Sonia Livingstone on a London School of Economics blog.

  • European Commission announces digital industry strategy

    The European Commission has presented a set of measures to support and link up national initiatives for the digitisation of industry and related services across all sectors and to boost investment through strategic partnerships and networks.

  • Study shows just two social media apps can betray privacy

    Stripping a big data set of names and personal details is no guarantee of privacy.

  • EU working party rejects privacy shield

    The European Union Article 29 working party has issued an opinion on the proposed EU-US privacy shield framework agreement stating that although the shield was a "great step forward" the group identified several areas in which it found it to be unacceptable, including that it permits the US to carry out "massive and indiscriminate" bulk surveillance of European Union citizens, reports National Law Review.

  • EU e-privacy directive consultation; framework responses in

    The European Commission is consulting on the e-privacy directive now that the new GDPR (general data protection regulation) has been approved by the European Parliament

  • IoT: few special needs

    BEREC, the body of European regulators, has published a report, 'Enabling the internet of things', in view of the European digital single market review.

  • Cambodia’s telecoms law under fire

    A human rights group is criticising Cambodia's telecoms law for provisions that it says undermine free speech and violate the privacy of individuals, reports Advox.

  • FCC sets ISP privacy rules

    The FCC in the US has proposed a set of privacy rules for internet service providers that would significantly curb the ability of companies such as Comcast and Verizon to share data about their customers’ online activities with advertisers without permission from users, reports the New York Times.

  • German court doesn’t like the ‘like’ button

    A German court has ruled against an online shopping site's use of Facebook's “like" button “dealing a further legal blow to the world's biggest social network in Germany”, reports Re

  • Fake reviews order against Google

    Google has been ordered to hand over the contact details of accounts linked to fake reviews that attacked a Dutch nursery, reports the Guardian.

  • Abandon legislative silos in Europe, report says

    Europe needs to abandon its separate legislative silos for the internet, audiovisual media and electronic communications and replace them with one regulatory framework for all digital infrastructures and another one for all digital services, to ensure a level-playing field in the digital value chain, says a report from the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE).

  • FCC urged to protect broadband privacy

    More than 50 US consumer and privacy organisations including the Center for Digital Democracy and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have signed a letter to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler calling for “strong rules” to protect the privacy of broadband users by reining in ISPs’ and telcos’ ability to harvest user data without explicit consent, reports TechCrunch.

  • European court rules that employee messages are not private

    Employers in Europe can read workers’ private messages sent via chat software and webmail accounts during working hours, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled, saying a firm that read a worker’s Yahoo Messenger chats sent while he was at work was within its rights.

  • Data privacy ombudsman proposed for Safe Harbour

    The US has proposed creating an ombudsman to deal with EU citizens’ complaints about US surveillance as part of talks to clinch a new EU-US data transfer pact, Reuters reports from various sources.

  • Updating Australia’s copyright laws

    The Department of Communications and the Arts has released draft amendments to the Copyright Act 1968 aimed at reducing the regulatory burden on the disability sector, libraries, archives and educational and cultural institutions. The changes will ensure these stakeholders and the wider Australian community have reasonable access to copyright material.

  • A new page for print disability

    The Department of Communications & the Arts has announced that Australia has joined an international treaty ...

  • Incoming cyber-security regulation

    Companies around the world are bracing themselves for an avalanche of cyber-security regulation...

  • FCC rejects request to regulate OTT edge providers

    The FCC in the US has dismissed a request from Consumer Watchdog that the Commission “initiate a rulemaking proceeding requiring ‘edge providers’ (like Google, Facebook, YouTube, Pandora, Netflix, and LinkedIn) to honour ‘do not track’ requests from consumers.

  • Freedom on the internet declines

    Freedom on the Net 2015, the annual report from Freedom House, has found internet freedom around the world in decline for a fifth consecutive year as more governments censored information of public interest while also expanding surveillance and cracking down on privacy tools.

  • FCC and FTC sign cooperation memo

    The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission have signed a memorandum of understanding to further the agencies’ ongoing cooperation on consumer protection matters.

  • Euro politicians debate Safe Harbour

    MEPs at the European Parliament recently debated the impact of the recent European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling that the Safe Harbour agreement on data transfers to the US is not safe, and called on the European Commission to clarify the legal situation following the ruling and demanded immediate action to ensure effective data protection for EU citizens.

  • OECD’s digital security recommendation

    The OECD has issued a recommendation to policymakers on digital security.

  • Asia-Pacific internet users want more policy involvement

    A survey by the Internet Society on internet policy trends in Asia-Pacific has found that the majority of respondents would like their government to provide more opportunities for multistakeholder involvement in policymaking for the internet.

  • Federal Court backs ISPs in Dallas Buyers Club copyright application

    During August the Federal Court of Australia refused an application from the makers of the movie Dallas Buyers Club ...

  • IoT roadmap for Malaysia

    Malaysia's Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) together with its applied research agency, MIMOS, has unveiled the National Internet of Things (IoT) Strategic Roadmap.

  • Data security law in Australia

    Australia is consulting on the draft Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015, which is designed to strengthen the security of data storage and transmission and includes obligations on all carriers, carriage service providers and carriage service intermediaries, such as to notify security agencies of any potential risk, notes Lexology.

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