Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Duties of data protection officers (DPOs)

A European guide.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Electronic Frontier Foundation on bloggers' rights

A collection of blogger-specific FAQs addressing everything from fair use to defamation law to workplace whistle-blowing

Bloggers can be journalists (and journalists can be bloggers) - We're battling for legal and institutional recognition that if you engage in journalism, you're a journalist, with all of the attendant rights, privileges, and protections.

Bloggers are entitled to free speech - We're working to shield you from frivolous or abusive threats and lawsuits. Internet bullies shouldn't use copyright, libel, or other claims to chill your legitimate speech.

Bloggers have the right to political speech - We're working with a number of other public-interest organizations to ensure that the Federal Election Commission (FEC) doesn't gag bloggers' election-related speech. We argue that the FEC should adopt a presumption against the regulation of election-related speech by individuals on the Internet, and interpret the existing media exemption to apply to online media outlets that provide news reporting and commentary regarding an election -- including blogs. See How to Blog Safely (About Work or Anything Else)

Bloggers have freedom from liability for hosting speech the same way other web hosts do - We're working to strengthen Section 230 liability protections under the Communications Decency Act (CDA) while spreading the word that bloggers are entitled to them. (See Barrett v. Rosenthal)

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Information Commissioner survey

People don't trust websites

EDPS Opinion on data retention

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has published his Opinion on the Commission's proposal for a Directive on the retention of communications data, stressing the need to respect the fundamental rights of EU citizens.

Information Privacy Law text published

For those of a US legal bent:
The book's website.
You can peruse the table of contents here.

Monday, November 14, 2005

OfCom forced to publish board meeting minutes

The Information Commissioner is forced to act to secure greater transparency by the regulator.

New United Nations book - 'Law of Cyberspace'

Not very good, but free.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Joel Reidenberg's new course

2005 fall schedule, good primer on Internet regulation in US and Europe