Since last December, the Australian government has asked to develop a new code of practice on copyright that would could change the lay of the land for the Internet industry for decades to come. The code is designed to force ISPs to adopt new “reasonable measures” to deter copyright infringement—measures that the Australian High Court had earlier decided that they were under no obligation to adopt. The results of that process have just been released in the form of a draft industry code, which is open for public comment until March 23, 2015.
The UK government has passed new legislation that exempts GCHQ, police, and other intelligence officers from prosecution for hacking into computers and mobile phones. The changes to the Computer Misuse Act were introduced over a year ago without a real public debate and entered into force on May 3.
According to Privacy International's legal experts, the amended Computer Misuse Act "grants UK law enforcement new leeway to potentially conduct cyber attacks within the UK."
On 5th of August 2015, the Romanian Ministry of Economy, Commerce and Tourism announced that it will adopt a Governmental Decision for implementing a new integrated system with tourists. The system will be operated by the Special Telecommunications Service (STS) and the Ministry of Administration and Interior (MAI) will have access to the database.
The proposal has deep implications for the right to privacy and the Association for Technology and Internet (ApTI) has sent on the 14th of August an opinion underlining the excessive, disproportionate and illegitimate nature of the new law which allows for new surveillance measures to be put in place. The document is available in Romanian here.
In response to our comments, the Ministry of Economy will organize on the 26th of August a public debate. The announcement is available here.
On 17 January 2018, the Romanian Ministry of Culture organised a debate on the EU copyright reform proposal. With the room full with about fifty participants, three quarters were representing press publishers, record labels and collective management associations. It seemed almost like a full-fledged campaign meeting organised for and by traditional newspapers and rightsholders organisations to rally support for Articles 11 and 13 of the Copyright Directive proposal – a support meeting coincidentally (or not) organised just prior to national officials presenting their country’s position on the copyright reform in Brussels.
More information is available in English here.