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Mashups and Remixes: Loosen Up Copyright Law Says Dutch Government

Robert Chesal, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, February 13, 2012

Mashups and remixes could be protected by law. Much to the displeasure of the wider EU, the Dutch want to liberalize their copyright laws to explicitly allow remixes and mashups. The irony is that their inspiration is not political movements like Sweden’s Pirate Party, but America’s laws about fair use.


Will we live in a voluntary surveillance society within five years?

David Perera, Fierce Government, November 13, 2011

The executive body of the European Union should consider a new regulatory framework in anticipation of an socialized world of ubiquitous devices that gather personal data from nearly every aspect of human behavior, says a new report from the European Network and Information Security Agency. In a report released Nov. 11, ENISA envisions a world within the next 5 years that includes networked automobiles, small medical sensors planted on people, constant and automatic updates to social sites and the widespread use of data mining to draw conclusions about people’s lifestyle choices, health and productivity. …

For full text of article, visit EU agency warns of voluntary surveillance society – FierceGovernmentIT. For report the ENISA report webpage, go to “To Log or Not to Log? Risks and Benefits Of Emerging Life-Logging Applications”

Congressional Hearing: “Internet Privacy: The Impact and Burden of EU Regulation”

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Internet Privacy: The Impact and Burden of EU Regulation

Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade
House Commerce Committee

Date: September 15, 2011
Time: 9:30 a.m – 1:00 pm


Location: Room 2322 Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC, 20515, United States

Basic Principles of European Union Consent and Data Protection

by Christina Hultsch, Technology Law Source, July 25, 2011

Any US company that receives data about individuals living in the European Union must be familiar with the basic principles of consent and data protection within the EU to avoid costly mistakes that are easily made in obtaining consent, should the validity of such consent be challenged by the EU data protection agencies. While certain exemptions may apply that allow receipt of data into the US without consent, companies need to analyze their receipt of such data in light of the new consent opinion discussed below. … Contrary to law in the US, in the EU, obtaining the consent of the individual (the “data subject”) has always played a key role in the European Union’s data protection efforts. The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party, an independent European advisory body on data protection and privacy, issued an opinion in July, 2011 addressing the consent principles currently in place as well as providing insight into a possible and likely expansion of consent requirements

For full text of the article visit Basic Principles of European Union Consent and Data Protection : Technology Law Source.

Mobile Location Privacy Opinion Adopted by Europe’s WP29

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Posted by Boris Segalis, May 19, 2011

Summary: On May 16, 2011, EU’s Article 29 Working Party (WP29) adopted an opinion setting out privacy compliance guidance for mobile geolocation services. WP29 is comprised of representatives from the EU member states’ data protection authorities (DPAs), the European Data Protection Supervisor and the European Commission. …  Not surprisingly, WP29 has concluded that geolocation data is “personal data” subject to the protections of the European data protection framework, including the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC. The Working Party also determined that the collection, use and other processing of geolocation data through mobile devices generally requires explicit, informed consent of the individual. …

For highlights of  the opinion, view the Information Law Group Blog entry:

For full text of the opinion, click on Opinion 13/2011 on Geolocation Services on smart mobile devices [PDF].

California PUC Issues Proposed Decision on Smart Grid Privacy

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by Timothy Tobin, Hogan and Lovells: Chronicle of Data Protection, May13, 2011

Summary: On May 6, 2011, the Californian PUC (CPUC) issued a proposed decision by CPUC President Peevey addressing smart grid privacy and security. … The proposed decision represents a significant step towards the first set of specific smart grid privacy rules in the United States during a time that smart grid privacy is attracting increasing global attention. For example, as discussed in the Chronicle of Data Protection post on April 18, 2011, the European Union’s Article 29 Working Party issued smart meter guidelines last month. …

For full text of the article, click here.

What You Should Know About the EU’s New “Internet of Things” Privacy Framework

EU “Privacy” Framework Heralds the “Internet of Things”

by Glen Gilmore, Glen Gilmore & Social Media Blog, April 11, 2011

To many, “The Internet of Things,”  a predicted, transformative moment in time when nearly all “things” in the physical world will be interconnected, wirelessly, with communication capabilities linking the physical and virtual worlds for a variety of cooperative applications, is a distant point in the future.  To others, the internet of things is now.

For full text of the article, visit: Glen Gilmore & Social Media: What You Should Know About the EU’s New “Internet of Things” Privacy Framework.

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