Romanian President asks for review of Big Brother laws
Fri 6 Feb 2015, 15:40

Romania’s Operative Council for Cyber Security (COSC) will start this week a review of legislative provisions on access to traffic data and cyber security, also known as the ‘Big Brother’ laws. Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has requested the review, according to a statement of the Presidential Administration. The aim is  to overcome the current deadlock by acknowledging the Constitutional Court’s decisions and by providing better public information on legislative measures and their effects.

Romanian cybersecurity law sent to the Constitutional Court
Wed 14 Jan 2015, 20:00

A new law on cybersecurity, previously reported in the EDRi-gram, was adopted by the Romanian Parliament at the end of 2014. The law gives the Romanian Intelligence Agency (SRI) access to any computer data owned by private companies, without a court order. The law was sent to the Constitutional Court for analysis and it will be judged on 21 January 2015.

Moreover,  the situation regarding surveillance practices in Romania seems to have recently become even blurrier. Even as the events in France were unfolding, a special inter-institutional group formed by several ministries and SRI had already met a couple of times to decide about a revival of the surveillance laws declared unconstitutional in 2014 – the data retention law and the mandatory registration of telephony prepaid cards.

Coalition of companies and NGOs renew push for cloud and email privacy protections
Wed 11 Mar 2015, 21:00

This may finally be the year that the U.S. Congress gives email and other documents stored in the cloud for several months the same privacy protections from police searches as newer files or paper records stored in a file cabinet, say backers of electronic privacy reform.

A coalition of tech companies, digital rights advocates and other groups on Wednesday renewed their call for Congress to change a 29-year-old electronic privacy law called the Electronic Communications Privacy Act [ECPA].

Members of the Digital Fourth coalition have been pushing since 2010 for Congress to change ECPA by requiring law enforcement agencies to get a judge-approved warrant before getting access to a suspect’s digital files stored with a third party for more than 180 days.

New documents reveal Europol’s plans to increase surveillance
Wed 24 Aug 2016, 17:20

The Europol work programme until the end of the year 2016 reveals that the agency’s goals are to gradually expand its surveillance capacities, to facilitate cross-border access to data, and increase the use of biometrics.

In August 2016, the German news site Netzpolitik.org leaked a document which provides an overview of Europol’s planned activities.

Finnish court demands strong proof for copyright infringements
Wed 28 Jun 2017, 18:00

On 12 June, the Finnish Market Court ruled in a case Copyright Management Services Ltd vs. DNA Oyj that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are not obliged to hand out the personal data of their clients based only on the suspicion of limited use of peer-to-peer networks. Stronger proof of significant copyright infringements need to be presented in order to obtain the data.

Cross-border access to data has to respect human rights principles
Wed 20 Sep 2017, 18:40

The Council of Europe started preparing an additional protocol to the Cybercrime Convention – a new tool for law enforcement authorities to have access to data in the context of criminal investigations.