Czech police want more information on citizens’ digital communication
Thu 28 May 2015, 17:12

While some other EU countries already react on the ECJ decision on abolishing the European Commission Directive 2006/24/EC on data retention by preparing steps towards abolishing their respective transpositions of laws in their national legislative, the Czech Republic seems to head in the opposite direction. The Czech police officials call for enhancing the data retention regulation. One of the novelties is that the Czech police want to have an access to data on the IP address and port of the target point of the connection. Moreover, there is no news that the politicians or government are in preparation of any amendments of the Czech data retention law or even appeal to the Czech constitutional court. 

France attacks Facebook for its bad handling of personal data
Wed 10 Feb 2016, 14:59

In independent but complementary procedures, CNIL and DGCCRF (Competition Directorate-General) warned Facebook to ensure compliance with French law and rectify its practices. DGCCRF pointed at the unfair terms present in the terms and conditions in the use of the social network. More precisely, Facebook’s ‘discretionary power’ was cited which allows it to remove content and unilaterally change the conditions of use. Facebook was given 60 days to rectify this. As for CNIL, it gives Facebook 3 months to react to its more comprehensive list of criticisms, which question the essence of Facbeook’s functioning. CNIL criticizes the social network’s practice of mass collection and processing of sensitive data such as religious or political views. The French authority also expressed its discontent with the aggregation of data of users which enables users’ profiling for advertising purposes. Moreover since the users do not have the option to oppose the collection of data, Facebook is urged to better inform French members on the use of cookies and to delete within six months the history of IP addresses.

CJEU says dynamic IP addresses are private
Mon 31 Oct 2016, 14:00

Your dynamic IP address is private if it can be tied to other pieces of information you supply.

UK government releases statement of intent describing new data protection bill
Fri 11 Aug 2017, 00:00

The UK has released a statement of intent describing a forthcoming bill that would make major revisions to the the country's data protection law. The new rules would follow the EU's General Data Protection Regulation by strengthening rules for obtaining consent, making it easier for consumers to withdraw consent, and improving consumers' ability to access, move, and remove data about themselves. The bill would also expand the definition of "personal data" to include DNA and IP addresses and would make it a crime to re-identify individuals from anonymized data.