Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Safe Harbor studies

The 7 December EC presentation, Reidenberg on jurisdiction, the Safe Harbor homepage, the text of GATS, the Staff Document on standard contracts.

Reidenberg's study for the EC on safe harbour implementation

Published in late 2004 - lots of problems in implementation discovered.

new book on WTO and trade in digital services

By OECD expert Sacha Wunsch Vincent - I will be reviewing it so email me if you would like a copy of the review.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Reading for Week 10, 21 March

Its WTO and safe harbour this final week - you can collect on Friday 2 pieces by Reidenberg and one by Charles Raab and Colin Bennett - that one is a really good overview and summary of the types of data protection available as well as the WTO dispute.

Also look at some of last year's materials. If you want to read Reidenberg in direct action, read this.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

National Health Service patient database

A doctor has issued a legal opinion claiming that the new NHS database will be unlawful as it does not let patients give full consent, nor does it maintain their confidentiality and restrict use of their data to absolutely necessary purposes.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Ian Brown lecture notes and links

Ian's homepage provides lots of links to data retention and ID cards debates. You can find even more on his blog. I will provide notes from his slides later this week for collection from Hayley.

Don't forget to ask me if any of the essay questions need clarifying. If you email me ctmarsden@yahoo.co.uk
I can provide more detail for tomorrow's class.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Reading Weeks 9-10

As here - note Week 9 remains the same, CCTV as in the materials you have - the 'safe harbor' we will deal with in Week 10 (21st March) - so it's not Week 8 but Week 10, right?

EDPS on data retention

See this link:

Data retention

See these articles:

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Google plan to store all our data, ever!

A leaked investor presentation details plans to store everyone's data (not just text, as currently offered) on Google's on servers! Or for more depth, here.

5% of all internet traffic goes to "risky" sites

1 Billion visits are made to "sites that upload unwanted software to a PC, send out spam or attempt to trick users into handing over sensitive information" every month, according to MIT research quoted in New Scientist

Sunday, March 05, 2006

iPod ID

Further to discussion we had in the first week, your identity can be traced from your iPod

Friday, March 03, 2006

Google answers questions on privacy

- "There are tremendous economic reasons to make sure we are trusted [with users' information]" - Page, 2:22
- On China, "We gradually came to the realization to the fact that we were hurting not just ourselves but the Chinese people." - Brin, 1:57
- On Department of Justice case, "should we be doing homework for the government?" - Brin, 1:57

Full text here

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Google moves search records out of China

To prevent the Chinese Government from being able to access its users' search data, Google is moving the whole lot to US servers. Because the US Government won't be interested in that at all. Probably.