UK Unveils Online Safety Bill

First, subscribe to my newsletter, The Wavelength, if you want all the content on my blog delivered to your inbox four times a week. The United Kingdom (UK) has followed Australia and the European Union with legislation to address “online harms.” Twitter The British are coming. Does that make Mark Zuckerberg Paul Revere? Or would … Continue reading UK Unveils Online Safety Bill

FISA Reauthorization Still Pending

First, subscribe to my newsletter, The Wavelength, if you want all the content on my blog delivered to your inbox four times a week. More than a year after Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) authorities expired, there are no clear plans for Congress to reauthorize these provisions Twitter The received wisdom in Washington was a … Continue reading FISA Reauthorization Still Pending

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Event (10 May 2021)

Other Developments The Facebook Oversight Board has “upheld” Facebook’s decision to shutter former President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram account. The Board stated Facebook needs to decide within six months on a penalty appropriate to Trump’s violations instead of the indefinite suspension it levied after the attack on the United States Capitol on 6 January … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Event (10 May 2021)

Five Eyes and EU Renew Emphasis on Encryption

In separate but potentially related developments, a few key governments are again arguing that end-to-end default encryption is foiling law enforcement efforts, especially regarding child sexual abuse material (CSAM). Twitter FVEY and EU see a future where there will be encryption law enforcement can access as needed. Tech thinks differently. Cocktail Party Some of the … Continue reading Five Eyes and EU Renew Emphasis on Encryption

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (27 April 2021)

Other Developments The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) lauded its partial victory in Australian federal court against Google that found the company “misled consumers about personal location data collected through Android mobile devices between January 2017 and December 2018.” The ACCC conceded the court “dismissed the ACCC’s allegations about certain statements Google made about … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (27 April 2021)

EDPB Argues For Changes In And Subsequent Monitoring Of UK-EU Adequacy Decisions

The EDPB worries that an adequacy decision with the UK, as written, will impinge the rights of EU residents, especially with regard to the UK sharing personal data with the U.S. government. Twitter The EDPB worries that adequacy agreements with the UK could allow personal data to flow to the U.S. Cocktail Party The European … Continue reading EDPB Argues For Changes In And Subsequent Monitoring Of UK-EU Adequacy Decisions

EDPB and EDPS Advise the EU On Digital Green Certificates

The EU’s data protection regulators critique the EC’s vaccine passport proposal. The European Union’s data protection authorities have rendered their joint opinion on “Digital Green Certificates,” the European Commission’s (EC) proposal for COVID passports. Twitter Vaccine passports; not the Green New Deal. Cocktail Party The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) and European Data Protection Supervisor … Continue reading EDPB and EDPS Advise the EU On Digital Green Certificates

EU Charts New Course On Technology

The EU again articulates grand ambitions in technology. To What degree will they be realized? The European Commission (EC) has revisited its data strategy and has revised its vision for how the European Union (EU) will transform itself and lead on global policy in the coming decade, or so the EC is aspiring. Twitter How … Continue reading EU Charts New Course On Technology

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (5 April 2021)

Other Developments United States (U.S.) and European Union (EU) negotiators continue to work towards a new arrangement that would once again allow the personal data of EU residents to be imported to the U.S. for processing under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The U.S. and EU have been in talks since last July when … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (5 April 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (29 March 2021)

First, subscribe to my new newsletter, the Wavelength, to get all the content you have come to enjoy on my blog. I’m a former lobbyist and Congressional staffer who understand the politics, policy, and law and technology. I cover the U.S. and much of the rest of the world and cover much of the breadth … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (29 March 2021)