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Archives for January, 2012


GPS tracking and the 4th Amendment (Part 2…)

by Robin Wilton  |  January 27, 2012  |  Comments Off

My colleague Avivah Litan has given her insightful and thought-provoking read on the recent US Supreme Court decision here. Avivah correctly identifies the “opt-in”/”opt-out” dichotomy as a critical element of the discussion. Tracking for law enforcement purposes needs, of course, to be set aside from the debate over user consent… but outside law enforcement – [...]

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Interesting times…

by Robin Wilton  |  January 25, 2012  |  Comments Off

Well, it may have been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, but in the privacy and policy domain it has been quite the opposite. Wikipedia and a number of other sites went dark in protest against SOPA/PIPA; the Feds took down the MegaUpload file-sharing site, alleging violation of piracy laws; Anonymous retaliated by taking down [...]

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EU DP Directive revision slips – but is that good or bad?

by Robin Wilton  |  January 13, 2012  |  Comments Off

Neelie Kroes is Vice-President of the European Commission, and also the Digital Agenda portfolio-holder (in which role she is also responsible for the Commission’s policy direction on cloud computing). Ms Kroes took up these posts in the so-called “Barroso 2″ Commission; prior to that re-shuffle, she was the Competition Commissioner. In that role she oversaw [...]

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New reports: Cross-border Privacy, and Electronic Signature

by Robin Wilton  |  January 4, 2012  |  3 Comments

Happy New Year! On the assumption that you probably had enough to do in December, what with the usual year-end rush and the Christmas break, I didn’t blog about the two new reports of mine that came out in the middle of the month. You can get to them if you have an IT1 subscription… [...]

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