Data protection / Internet intermediaries / Law enforcement / Privacy / Surveillance / video surveillance

CJEU interprets the concept of ‘in the course of a purely personal or household activity’ and indirectly delineates the remit of the Data Protection Directive

In its judgement of 11 December 2014 (Case C-212/13 František Ryneš v Úřad pro ochranu osobních údajů) the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) had to answer “a very precise” question [to use the words of Advocate General JÄÄSKINEN]: “Can the operation of a camera system installed on a family home for the … Continue reading

Access to data / Data retention / Internet intermediaries / Law enforcement / Surveillance

Could the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill really change things for online service providers?

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill (CTSB) was introduced in the House of Commons on 26 November 2014 as a way to “address the capabilities gap the authorities face when it comes to communications data” says Theresa May. In particular, the aim is to “require internet providers to retain Internet Protocol – or IP – address … Continue reading

Access to data / Data protection / Law enforcement

Pointing the Finger – Recent US Decisions on Access to Mobile Phone Data

In the United States a Circuit Court last week ruled that a defendant in a criminal case can be compelled to provide his fingerprints but not the access code to his mobile phone. Judge Steven C. Frucci of the 2nd Judicial District of Virginia, in a case against David Baust who is accused of trying … Continue reading

Law enforcement / Revenge porn

Updated guidance on prosecuting social media ‘revenge porn’

The UK Crown Prosecution Service has issued a press release notifying an update to its legal guidance on the prosecution of social media communications, including on how current legislation can be used to prosecute instances of so-called ‘revenge pornography’ (the online publication of sexually explicit media without the consent of a pictured individual, usually by … Continue reading