Sunday, 18 March 2018

Research Seminars Tuesdays 1-2pm G16 10 April onwards

The InfoLaw Group seminar series - all welcome! Chaired by Prof. Chris Marsden, in Freeman G16:
10 April: Professor Chris Marsden "Platform Law: Towards Regulation by OffData"
17 April: Dr Judith Townend, Sussex Law, "The state and future of media and information litigation in the English High Court" and Dr Nico Zingales, Sussex Law, "Antitrust and algorithmic nudging"
24 April: Renata Avila, World Wide Web Foundation/Creative Commons, "Women, Whistleblowing, WikiLeaks" book talk 
1 May: Dr Duncan Campbell, Visiting Fellow Sussex (Honorary Doctorate Sussex), "Social media: Disinformation and deception, and its propagation" 
8 May: Prof Dean Wilson (Sussex Sociology), "Predictive Policing: A New Approach to Police Management"
Special seminar 17 May (venue/time TBA): Prof. Daithi McSithigh, "Medium Law and its Discontents" 

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Privacy and Surveillance: Aadhaar and the Indian Supreme Court

"The packaging of the Aadhaar project as a welfare-enhancing project was the sugar-coating on what is essentially turning into a surveillance and data-mining tool. A centralised database creates entrepreneurial data analytics possibilities which clash in a fundamental way with civil liberties. Centralised and inter-linked databases lead to profiling and self-censorship, which endangers our freedom. This clash lies at the heart of the Aadhaar debate." 'via Blog this'

Electronic Commerce Directive (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2018

The Electronic Commerce Directive (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2018: "The Electronic Commerce Directive (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2018" 'via Blog this'

Privacy: ARTICLE29 Newsroom - Working Party archives 1997-2016

ARTICLE29 Newsroom - Article 29 Working Party archives from 1997 to November 2016 - all available documents - European Commission: "The European Commission is in the process of creating a new, unified web presence and this will replace the DG JUSTICE website. All previous and archived content of the Article 29 Working Party can be consulted via the the archived website.

The link will bring you to the archived content site. For guidelines, opinions and working documents click on Opinions and recommendations. Please make sure you click on the last date in 2017 in order to be able to see all archived documents" 'via Blog this'

Privacy surveillance: Court of Appeal rules Government regime IS unlawful | Liberty

Court of Appeal rules Government surveillance regime IS unlawful | Liberty: "The Government is breaking the law by collecting the nation's internet activity and phone records and letting public bodies grant themselves access to these personal details with no suspicion of serious crime and no independent sign-off – meaning significant parts of its latest Snoopers’ Charter are effectively unlawful.

Judges at the Court of Appeal have today backed a challenge by MP Tom Watson, represented by Liberty, to the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA) – a previous law covering state surveillance.

DRIPA expired at the end of 2016 – but the Government replicated and vastly expanded the same powers in the Investigatory Powers Act, which started to come into force in 2017.

Liberty is challenging this latest law in a major separate case, to be heard in the High Court later this year.

In anticipation of this ruling, the Government has already conceded that the Investigatory Powers Act will need to change.

But its half-baked plans do not even fully comply with past court rulings requiring mandatory safeguards – and they continue to allow public bodies to indiscriminately retain and access personal data, including records of internet use, location tracking using mobile phones and records of who we communicate with and when." 'via Blog this'

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Liability: France to Take Action v. Google, Apple for Commercial Practices - Bloomberg

France to Take Action v. Google, Apple for Commercial Practices - Bloomberg: "Le Maire’s office said an investigation by the ministry’s fraud office determined that between 2015 and 2017 there were “significant imbalances” in the relationship between the two companies and developers who sold via their application stores. The findings of a similar probe into Inc. last year are being reviewed by a tribunal, his office said. Le Parisien reported last December that the Finance Ministry is seeking to fine Amazon 10 million euros ($12.4 billion).

France has had a complicated relationship with Internet giants, on the one hand courting them to set up operations in the country and on the other hand leading efforts at the European Union level to force them to pay more taxes in the countries where they operate, rather than in low-tax countries such as Ireland and Luxembourg where they’ve based their European subsidiaries." 'via Blog this'

Monday, 12 March 2018

Tim Berners-Lee: We need a 'legal or regulatory framework' to save the Web from dominant tech platforms | VentureBeat

Tim Berners-Lee: We need a 'legal or regulatory framework' to save the Web from dominant tech platforms | VentureBeat: "Today’s powerful digital economy calls for strong standards that balance the interests of both companies and online citizens. This means thinking about how we align the incentives of the tech sector with those of users and society at large, and consulting a diverse cross-section of society in the process.

 Two myths currently limit our collective imagination: the myth that advertising is the only possible business model for online companies, and the myth that it’s too late to change the way platforms operate. On both points, we need to be a little more creative.

 While the problems facing the Web are complex and large, I think we should see them as bugs: problems with existing code and software systems that have been created by people — and can be fixed by people. Create a new set of incentives and changes in the code will follow. We can design a Web that creates a constructive and supportive environment." 'via Blog this'