EU trade secrets bill prompts concern
Tue 24 Mar 2015, 10:40

NGOs and left-leaning MEPs have voiced concern that an EU bill on trade secrets could harm the public's access to information on matters of vital interest.

MEPs are trying to walk a fine line between business interests and civil liberties in a new bill on trade secrets. The directive is to unify member states’ legislation on how to protect business from illegal access and disclosure of secret information, for instance, on upcoming patents or innovative technologies.

Open data and freedom of information: complements or competitors?
Wed 28 Sep 2016, 18:00

Can open data improve people’s access to information? In this article, Michael Cañares, Regional Research Manager at the Open Data Lab Jakarta looks at how citizens in Banda Aceh used Indonesia’s Freedom of Information Act, and how open data worked to bolster citizen participation.

FOIA requests for blocking porn websites in Romania
Fri 28 Jul 2017, 14:20
ApTI submitted access to information requests to the National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) with regard to the application of Law 196/2003 on combating pornography. Porn website owners have to charge a tax per minute view and declare the income to the fiscal authorities. From ANCOM's response, most of the requests sent to ISPs date from 2011. As ANCOM's response indicates a confusion between ISP blocking and requesting Internet hosting services to delete the website, ApTI submitted another FOIA request to clarify this aspect.
U.S. judge says LinkedIn cannot block startup from public profile data
Tue 15 Aug 2017, 00:20

A U.S. judge on Monday ruled that Microsoft Corp's LinkedIn unit cannot prevent a startup from accessing public profile data, in a test of how much control a social media site can wield over information its users have deemed to be public.