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ACTA vote in the European Parliament on 4 July

ACTA vote in the European Parliament on 4 July

Update: since I posted this, someone (hat tip to @andrewjburgess ) decided to ruin the spotting game but made it probably a bit more accurate: see voting results hereunder (go to pg 19 of the document): GDE Error: Unable to load profile settings So voted in favour of ACTA: ALDE: Newton Dunn, Takkula EFD: Allam, Provera, Tzavela PPE: Audy, Bendtsen, Berra, Cadec, Casini, Dantin, Dati, Deß,...

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Net Neutrality Timeline

Net Neutrality Timeline

As Net Neutrality seems to be all over the place at the moment, we considered it couldn’t hurt to put together a summary timeline of the Net neutrality debate. It is obviously not exhaustive and biased in the sense that it tries to highlight some key moments in the debate. As always, click on the infographic below to see the picture as a stand alone, and click a second time on the picture...

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My Right to be Forgotten = Your Obligation to Forget?

My Right to be Forgotten = Your Obligation to Forget?

The balance between different rights (e.g. privacy Vs freedom of expression) is a well-known tension. But the creation of new rights that are so-called derivatives from privacy and seem to ignore both that tension and the fact that if you set up a right, it’s always better if it’s enforceable in practice, is a worrying trend. You will have guessed (if only due to the title of this...

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Personal, Private, Public and …‘Priblic’?

Personal, Private, Public and …‘Priblic’?

As explained in my first post on this issue, Privacy is a difficult concept to define in a universal manner, and conceptualising it on a case-by-case basis is simply unworkable in an online environment, both in terms of compliance and enforcement. Telling a company that is active online that it has to uphold a legal concept that is undefined and undefinable (except for some commonalities)...

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Privacy is not dead…but what is it?

Privacy is not dead…but what is it?

So the European Commission has finally officially released its Communication on a Comprehensive Approach to Data Protection in the European Union on 4 November, the accompanying press release emphasising that it was out to strengthen data protection rules. This document is supposed to outline the strategy of the Commissioner Reding in this area, and is open for consultation until 15 January...

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