Google launches
Mon 1 Jun 2015, 16:32

On May 2015, following a specific a request from the Italian Data Protection Authority, Google Inc. launched, a page that contains all the useful information for the users of Google services on how to protect their privacy.

Domanin registrars need ICANN clearance for privacy protection
Tue 20 Oct 2015, 00:40

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) policies require that domain registrants data be published in a publicly-available WHOIS database. The Privacy & Proxy Services Accreditation policy has been under consultation and numerous public figures and experts provided comments.

Another public consultation that is open until November 17 on WHOIS Conflicts with Privacy Laws. The policy essentially provides that ICANN may “allow” a registry or registrar whose obligations to publish WHOIS data are in breach of locally applicable data protection law, to be exempted from those obligations, but only once the local data protection authorities have initiated enforcement proceedings against it.

GPEN Alert - new global consumer privacy protection initiative
Fri 30 Oct 2015, 17:58

On October 26, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (“GPEN”) Alert, a new multilateral information sharing system that would allow participating agencies to share information relating to an investigation in order to facilitate better cross-border coordination. The FTC, along with agencies from seven other nations, signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the 37th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Amsterdam.

GPEN Alert is a multilateral system that will enhance coordination by enabling participants to confidentially share information about investigations. The GPEN Alert technology is based on the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network, a system that enables member U.S. law enforcement agencies to access complaints that consumers provide to the FTC and other data contributors.

Will the European Parliament ask Court whether ISDS is legal?
Wed 16 Dec 2015, 19:40

In a letter to the European Parliament, Dutch EDRi member Vrijschrift suggests the Parliament ask the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) whether the investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) is compatible with the EU treaties.

Vrijschrift points out that the ISDS in the trade agreement with Singapore would expose our privacy to interference, expose the EU to claims for damages, compromise the independence of our data protection authorities, and compromise the effectiveness of the Court of Justice of the EU. In essence, the ISDS places investment tribunals above democracies.

The FCC’s new privacy rules are toothless
Mon 31 Oct 2016, 13:20

When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted last Thursday (Oct. 27) to accept new privacy rules for ISPs, the move was heralded by many as an important step forward in U.S. privacy protections. But a closer look at the particulars shows a decision that has so many exceptions — and and that makes it easy for ISPs to hide customer permission deep within lengthy terms and conditions documents — it amounts to a big backward step for privacy, one that will likely embolden any ISPs that was inclined to violate privacy anyway.

The FCC made changes to the privacy requirements of Section 222 of the Communications Act for broadband ISPs.