Cyber-attacks and sanctions

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There was an interesting discussion on Twitter a few days ago, about The Cyber-Attacks (Asset-Freezing) Regulations 2019. The gist of the debate was "did you know about these?!", or whether they had Read more

Demystifying 'The Dark Net' (free video)

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A couple of weeks ago, Alex Bloor and I gave a talk to the Society for Computers and Law, called "Demystifying 'The Dark Net'". As with the "basics of tech" sessions that we have done before, the aim Read more

Urgent: changes to communications data acquisition in the UK

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The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (Commencement No. 12) Regulations 2020 passed through Parliament yesterday. The Regulations bring into force almost all of the remaining provisions in the Read more

Data protection impact assessments

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You may have spotted in the news that the government has said that it has not done a data protection impact assessment — a DPIA — for part of it coronavirus contact tracing system, even though Read more

The EDPB's opinion on the UK/US data access agreement under the CLOUD Act

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Some of you may be aware that, in addition to the work I do more generally for telecoms providers and ISPs, I have a particular interest in investigatory powers, and obligations imposed by the state Read more

BEREC's updated "net neutrality" guidance

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BEREC has issued updated guidelines on Articles 3 and 4 of the Open Internet regulation (Regulation 2015/2120) — what most people will call the "net neutrality" guidelines. I know, it's like Read more

Draft French law on porn site age verification and site blocking

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You might recall that the Digital Economy Act 2017 contains measures which, if brought into effect, would prohibit porn sites from making content available to people in the UK, unless they have Read more

"How to spy on my wife’s phone": an English law perspective on an article about stalkerware

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CW/TW: domestic abuse, and controlling behaviour WTF? I honestly can't believe I am writing this. Actually, scratch that. I can't believe that someone wrote the piece to which this blogpost is a Read more

Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things

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Yes, I know that, with everything going on in the world, this is hardly a top priority right now. But a report on The Register caught my eye this week, and reminded me I had intended to write about Read more

gov.uk guidance on contracts: don't be a dick

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The UK government has published some guidance, "Guidance on responsible contractual behaviour in the performance and enforcement of contracts impacted by the Covid-19 emergency". It's here. What it Read more