Data retention / interception / Security / Surveillance

UK Codes of Practice Enacted to Develop Regulation of State Surveillance Powers

Law and policy regarding the capture of communications data continues to dominate the headlines for 2016 The European Data Protection Day, and the equivalent US/Canadian Data Privacy Day, coincided last week on 28 January. Their purpose – this year in the 10th edition of their kind, corresponding to the anniversary of the opening for signature … Continue reading

Data protection / drones / Privacy / Privacy impact assessment

Opinion on drones released by EU Data Protection Working Party

“Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral” – How far might future usage of drone technology affect the very fabric of the societies in which we live? The Article 29 EU Working Party (WP) has issued an Opinion about the data protection and privacy implications of utilising unmanned aerial systems (“drones”). This … Continue reading

Data retention / Intelligence and security agencies

Updated communications data codes of practice come into effect in the UK

Legal framework for managing the processes around mandatory communications data regime formally enhanced Secondary legislation (the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Acquisition and Disclosure of Communications Data: Code of Practice) Order 2015 (SI 2015/927) and the Retention of Communications Data (Code of Practice) Order 2015 (SI 2015/926)) was enacted at the end of March, bringing into … Continue reading

Intelligence and security agencies / interception

Interception of communications data by UK intelligence agencies breached human rights, rules Investigatory Powers Tribunal, but breach subsequently held to be rectified

Tribunal throws unprecedented critical spotlight on the human-rights compliancy of the UK ‘spy’ agency activities revealed by Snowden The difficulties created by the borderless nature of modern communications are no more evident than when considered in the context of the duties of nation states to look after the security of their citizens, and the outpacing … 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