European law: New EU data protection law gives people right to be forgotten online

European law: New EU data protection law gives people right to be forgotten online

The European Union has adopted a new regulation on data protection, which gives citizens increased control over their personal information, which includes the right to be forgotten online. After more than four years in the making, the European Union (EU) has passed the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which aims to restore citizens’ control over their personal data and make firms take the issue of data protection more seriously. The GDPR replaces the EU Data…

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Privacy: European Court of Justice opens test case on UK bulk data collection law

Privacy: European Court of Justice opens test case on UK bulk data collection law

The European Court of Justice has started hearing a test case concerning UK legislation, which authorises the government to collect and store people’s personal information in bulk. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has opened its doors to hear a legal challenge brought by Conservative Member of Parliament (MP), David Davis, and Labour MP, Tom Watson, which calls into question the legality of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA) 2014. The two MPs…

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Privacy: Hackers breach law firm security systems ‘for insider trading information’

Privacy: Hackers breach law firm security systems ‘for insider trading information’

Cyber criminals have attempted to compromise the IT security of a number of large US and UK law firms in what is thought to be a potential data grab for insider trading deals. After hackers breached the computer networks and stole confidential information from some of the major law firms in the US and UK, federal investigators are considering the line of inquiry that the thefts may have been committed for the purposes of insider…

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European law: EU laws could ban under-16s from using social media without parental consent

European law: EU laws could ban under-16s from using social media without parental consent

A proposed amendment to the European Data Protection Regulation could increase the legal age for social media use from 13 to 16, The Telegraph reports. As part of a revamp of data protection laws designed to create a unified set of rules for the European Union (EU), European politicians have proposed last-minute changes to EU data protection laws, which “could ban millions of teenagers from using social media.” The proposal means that internet services, such…

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European law: European lawmakers agree on cyber security law

European law: European lawmakers agree on cyber security law

Members of the European Parliament have proposed new rules making it compulsory for technology firms and companies running critical services to report cyber breaches, the BBC reports. In a historic first, Europe has put forward European Union (EU) rules on cyber security, which also create minimum standards of cyber security for banking institutions, energy firms and water companies. The proposed laws – collectively referred to as the Network and Information Security directive – stem from…

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Law and government: Conservative Party calls for Investigatory Powers Bill to be rushed through in aftermath of Paris terror attacks

Law and government: Conservative Party calls for Investigatory Powers Bill to be rushed through in aftermath of Paris terror attacks

In view of the terrorist attacks in Paris, the government is pushing for the Investigatory Powers Bill to be rushed through “as soon as possible”, The Independent reports. Following last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, which left at least 129 people dead and hundreds injured, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, hinted this week that, due to “the increasing international terrorist threat,” he would like to fast-track the Investigatory Powers Bill – the proposed surveillance laws…

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Privacy: Ashley Madison adultery website faces $578m class action lawsuit over data hack

Privacy: Ashley Madison adultery website faces $578m class action lawsuit over data hack

Two Canadian law firms have issued legal proceedings against two companies running the adultery website, Ashley Madison, following a data hack revealing 39 million members’ details, The Guardian reports. After the data hack of a website that facilitates extramarital affairs, which publicly exposed 39 million members’ personal information, two Ontario- Two Canadian law firms have issued legal proceedings against two companies running the adultery website, Ashley Madison, following a data hack revealing 39 million members’…

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Privacy law: Legal experts demand increased scrutiny of surveillance laws

Privacy law: Legal experts demand increased scrutiny of surveillance laws

Legal academics are urging Members of Parliament to conduct an “open and transparent assessment and critique of UK surveillance powers,” the Press Association reports. Legal academics are calling on Members of Parliament (MPs) to carefully consider new laws that serve to increase government surveillance powers. A group of esteemed academics have signed an open letter to new and returning MPs, issuing a warning against expanding the scope of state surveillance laws and policies without the…

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Government looks to increase online surveillance powers of UK intelligence agencies

Government looks to increase online surveillance powers of UK intelligence agencies

The government is looking to further extend its new “snooper charter” bill that would see the UK’s intelligence agencies having greater access to the public’s online communications. Currently, the charter is intended to allow agencies to access anyone’s web and social media use. However, the new bill will also have provisions for the police and GCHQ to intercept and store personal communications on a massive scale. The government argues it is attempting to “modernise the…

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International: Federal court finds NSA telephone operations illegal

International: Federal court finds NSA telephone operations illegal

Yesterday, a US federal appeals court ruled the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Section 215 collection of telephone metadata programme is illegal under the Patriot Act. In December 2013, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) brought the case of the NSA’s metadata telephone surveillance to a district court in New York. At the hearing, Judge William Pauley ruled the NSA’s actions were constitutional, arguing: “the right to be free from searches is fundamental but not absolute”…

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