Unpacking Big Brother Watch v UK

(Sep 24, 2018) In a landmark judgment published last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that several aspects of U.K. secret surveillance programs violated Article 8 (right to respect for private life) and Article 10 (freedom of the press) of the European Convention on Human Rights. Filed in the wake of Edward Snowden’s national security revelations, complaints in Big Brother Watch and Others v. the United Kingdom concerned three surveillance tactics used by the U.K. government: bulk interception o... Read More

A look at the ECHR's Big Brother Watch ruling

(Sep 24, 2018) In a landmark judgment published last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that several aspects of U.K. secret surveillance programs violated Article 8 (right to respect for private life) and Article 10 (freedom of the press) of the European Convention on Human Rights. IAPP Externs Katelyn Burgess and Towhidul Islam write for Privacy Tracker about the way the court arrived at its decision, noting that "It’s most significant impact may be ... the acknowledgment that metadata should not ... Read More

Roundup: Kenya, South Africa, Canada, US and more

(Sep 24, 2018) In this week’s Privacy Tracker legislative roundup, read about Italy's new law implementing the EU General Data Protection Regulation. In Kenya, officials note a data protection bill is expected to be introduced to Parliament, and, in South Africa, the constitutional court relied on the right to privacy in a case involving the decriminalization of marijuana for private use. Canada's privacy commissioner published guidelines for mandatory data breach reporting under the country's Personal Informa... Read More

Dixon discusses importance of data-privacy legislation in the era of big data

(Sep 24, 2018) In a piece for Foreign Affairs, Irish Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon writes about the importance of data privacy legislation in the era of big data. As tech companies gather more information from internet patrons, Dixon states strong legislation is needed to protect users from eroding privacy rights, especially as online consumers focus more on goods and services than the details of how tech companies gather large amounts of information. Dixon cites the EU General Data Protection Regul... Read More

Nonprofit news group to tackle 'societal harms of emerging technologies'

(Sep 24, 2018) Former Head of Wikimedia Foundation Sue Gardner and ProPublica journalists Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson have joined together to launch The Markup, a nonprofit news organization aiming to shed light on the “societal harms of emerging technologies.” The website will launch in early 2019, with The Markup planning to hire two dozen journalists after receiving $20 million from Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark, in addition to other donations. “In a healthy society, there’s an ongoing conversation abou... Read More

Antitrust battles between regulators, tech companies looming over big data

(Sep 24, 2018) Politico reports on the growing battle between competition regulators and tech companies over big data. European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager announced she will be conducting an investigation into Amazon’s data practices for potential information misuse, with the Head of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office Andreas Mundt considering an inquiry of his own, particularly after criticizing Facebook for strong-arming users into handing over information last year. The U.S. Federal Trade ... Read More

Trump administration releases National Cyber Strategy

(Sep 24, 2018) The Trump administration has released its National Cyber Strategy, Politico reports. The report is broken down into four pillars of activity, such as protecting government networks and critical infrastructure, developing a cyber group, and combating malicious cyberattacks from foreign actors. The report also highlights the creation of a Cyber Deterrence Initiative, where the U.S. will work together with other countries to “develop tailored strategies” in order to attribute cyberattacks to their ... Read More