Hidden cameras legitimate journalism tool, court says
Wed 25 Feb 2015, 12:20

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday ruled that journalists should be able to use hidden cameras when reporting on issues of public interest. The case was brought by four Swiss journalists convicted for invasion of privacy following their use of a hidden camera to report on insurance scams.

ICANN urged by copyright industry associations to take action against IPR infringement
Wed 11 Mar 2015, 20:34

Last month, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) issued a carefully-worded statement urging ICANN – the overseer of much of the Internet’s fundamental naming and numbering infrastructure – to take more vigorous action against  the “use of domain names for illegal and abusive activities, including those related to IP infringement” (i.e., motion picture piracy).  [See "MPAA Pushes for ICANN Policy Changes to Target 'Pirate' Domains"].  

And just a few days ago, the recording industry joined in; a letter from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)  to ICANN, while expressing the industry’s “disappointment with . . . ICANN’s treatment of copyright abuse complaints filed to date,” similarly urged ICANN to move more vigorously to ensure that domain name registries and registrars “investigate copyright abuse complaints and respond appropriately.”

Calls for ISPs to filter content could be illegal, EU council documents suggest
Wed 21 Jan 2015, 19:40

Last week justice ministers from across the European Union called on ISPs to conduct voluntary censorship of online content—but documents in preparation for a meeting of telecoms ministers suggest such a move could be illegal. The documents, prepared by the Latvian presidency of the Council of the EU, note that calls to allow Internet service providers to block or filter content in the “public interest” as part of a proposed net neutrality law could violate privacy laws that protect the confidentiality of communication.

Amazon threatens to take drone testing abroad US
Tue 9 Dec 2014, 23:00
Amazon warns the Federal Aviation Administration that unless the government agency allows it to start testing drones on US soil as part of its ambition to deliver products by unmanned aircraft it will be forced to shift its operations abroad.

The FAA says that it is still considering Amazon’s request for permission to experiment with drones in open airspace, and that it has requested additional information from the company, including an explanation of why drone delivery would be in the public interest. Vice-president of global public policy, Paul Misener, reply was: “I fear the FAA may be questioning the fundamental benefits of keeping [drone] technology in the United States.”

Amazon’s threat to shift its drone operations abroad is not an idle one. Google is testing unmanned aircraft in Australia, while the German delivery firm DHL has already begun to operate its “parcelcopter” to carry small packages to far-flung islands.

Safeguard public interests in telecommunication company takeover in the NL
Tue 10 Jun 2014, 21:19

Letter from the Minister of Economic Affairs to the House of Representatives regarding safeguarding public interests in general, and national security in particular, in the event of a takeover of a telecommunications company like KPN, airing out the Dutch government’s concern and baselines in similar takeovers of key IT companies in the Netherlands.

Russian Internet privacy bill gets initial approval
Wed 17 Jun 2015, 18:00

The Russian parliament has given initial approval to a law that would require Internet search sites to remove outdated or irrelevant personal information from search results on request from users.

The bill, passed by the State Duma lower house in its first reading, seeks to emulate European Union rules on the "right to be forgotten", under which search engines must take down certain results that appear under a search of a person's name.