UK: Martha Lane Fox calls for new body granting 'deeper understanding' of the Internet
Tue 24 Mar 2015, 04:20

Martha Lane Fox is calling for the creation of an institution to examine the ethical and moral issues posed by the internet.

Britain should lead the way in setting up the body, to counter the rise of huge commercial concerns that dominate our relationship with the internet, she will argue.

 

UK: Safari users win right to sue Google over privacy
Fri 27 Mar 2015, 16:36

Google has lost a Court of Appeal bid to stop consumers having the right to sue in the UK over alleged misuse of privacy settings.

The case revolves around a so-called Safari workaround, which allegedly allowed Google to avoid the Safari web browser's default privacy setting to place cookies, that gathered data such as surfing habits, social class, race, ethnicity, without users' knowledge. A group of users claim that Google bypassed security settings on the Safari browser to install tracking cookies on their computers in order to target them with advertising.

Illegal streaming app will be blocked in the UK after a successful legal challenge
Wed 29 Apr 2015, 21:20

Popcorn Time, an illegal streaming app based in America, will be blocked in the UK after a legal challenge from six Hollywood film studios.

The Motion Picture Association challenged Popcorn Time under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act. It means that the website now has a blocking order and cannot continue in the UK. The piracy app was launched more than a year ago and uses BitTorrent technology to download illegal content.

UK government quietly rewrites cybersecurity legislation
Mon 18 May 2015, 10:41

The UK government has passed new legislation that exempts GCHQ, police, and other intelligence officers from prosecution for hacking into computers and mobile phones. The changes to the Computer Misuse Act were introduced over a year ago without a real public debate and entered into force on May 3.

According to Privacy International's legal experts, the amended Computer Misuse Act "grants UK law enforcement new leeway to potentially conduct cyber attacks within the UK."

UK vote on Internet 'Magna Carta' was launched
Mon 8 Jun 2015, 15:20

Thousands of young people take part in a UK debate about what should be included in a "Magna Carta" for the digital age. The public can now vote online for the clauses they suggested, in a project organised by the British Library.

New UK law would give government access to encrypted Internet messaging apps
Wed 1 Jul 2015, 17:29

The new Investigatory Powers Bill, announced in yesterday's Queen's Speech, will include legislation to force Internet companies to give access to encrypted conversations of suspected terrorists and criminals. According to The Telegraph: "New laws will require WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, Snapchat and other popular apps to hand messages sent by their users to MI5, MI6 and GCHQ about suspects under investigation."