The high court has quashed regulations introduced by the government to allow members of the public to lawfully copy CDs and other copyright material bought for their own private use. The move follows a judge’s recent ruling that the government was legally incorrect in deciding not to introduce a compensation scheme for songwriters, musicians and other rights holders who faced losses as a result of their copyright being infringed.
The new court ruling overturns the Copyright and Rights in Performances (Personal Copies for Private Use) Regulations 2014 and affects CDs, MP3s, DVDs, Blu-rays and e-books. Consumers can not technically copy a CD they own and use one version in the car and another at home.
Last week, the UK High Court issued an opinion explaining how emergency legislation passed last summer — the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act of 2014 (DRIPA) — violates EU law. Access analyzed the ruling and considered the implications for the future of privacy and data retention in Europe.
The UN human rights committee, a body of 18 international experts who monitor the implementation of the international covenant on Civil and political rights, issued a series of recommendations for UK to review its counter-terrorism legislation.
The report raised concerns that the current legal regime governing the interception of communications and data “allows for mass interception” and “lacks sufficient safeguards against arbitrary interference with the right to privacy”.
The Information Commissioner’s Office issued a notice to Google to remove from its search results newspaper articles that discussed details from older articles that had themselves been subject to a successful right to be forgotten request.
The new reports included, wholly unnecessarily, the name of the person who had requested that Google remove reports of a ten-year-old shoplifting conviction from search results. Google agreed with this right to be forgotten request and de-linked the contemporary reports of the conviction, but then refused to do the same to new articles that carried the same details. Essentially, Google had granted the subject’s request for privacy, and then allowed it to be reversed via the back door.
Experts and even the ICO have hinted that Google’s efforts to publicise the very details it is supposed to be minimising might be viewed as a privacy breach or unfair processing with regard to those making right to be forgotten requests.
The first UN privacy chief has said the world needs a Geneva convention style law for the Internet to safeguard data and combat the threat of massive clandestine digital surveillance.
Joseph Cannataci singled out British surveillance oversight as being worse than anything George Orwell could have foreseen and believes proper oversight is the only way of progressing, and hopes more people will think about and vote for privacy in the UK.