Dutch intelligence and security agencies may gain bulk cable-interception power
Sat 22 Nov 2014, 20:58

The government drafted a legislative proposal to update the Dutch Intelligence and Security Act of 2002 which would expand the existing bulk interception power of the Dutch intelligence agencies AIVD and MIVD from non-cable bound communications to also include cable communications.

French surveillance law now before the Senate
Tue 2 Jun 2015, 15:00

On 5 May 2015, members of the lower chamber of French Parliament approved the so-called “French Patriot Act”, or “Projet de loi relatif au renseignement”, despite the serious concerns about users’ rights to privacy and freedom of expression. The bill is currently under analysis by the French Senate and it will be voted upon on 9 June.

Access, as part of a coalition of 25 other organisations, is opposing this bill. You can find their analysis of the proposed legislation here.

Sharing Economy Act - the first Italian legislative proposal on the subject
Wed 2 Mar 2016, 23:07

On March 2, a group of deputies belonging to the Innovation Joint Committee presented a legislative proposal about the Sharing economy. Sharing economy is growing up in Italy: there are 186 collaborative platforms, generating around 13 billions of revenue (in the sectors of peer-to-peer finance; accommodation sharing; staffing online; car sharing; sharing of video and music). The proposed legislation contains norms concerning issues such as the protection of privacy of the users data or the taxation to be applied on sharing economy exchange (10%). This proposal was the object of an open consultation on the web until May 16, 2016. Following that, a series of auditions at the Chamber of Deputies will take place, before its discussion and approval by the Chamber. At the same time sharing economy was the object of seminars and meetings involving relevant stakeholders such as the National Antitrust Authority; AGCOM, the Ministry of Finance, enterprises and public administration, lawyers. Among the most relevant one can quote the seminar organized by the European University of Rome, or the workshop on the role of communities in the sharing economy held in May 2016, in the framework of the Forum of the Public Administration.