IANA transition not on schedule
Fri 19 Jun 2015, 14:40

Preparations for transitioning the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) out of United States oversight do not appear to be on track for the 30 September deadline. As a result, cautious pressure is mounting from the internet protocol numbers administration and protocol standardisation bodies to consider at least a “phased implementation” of the transition.

On the eve of the 53rd meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in Buenos Aires, the IANA stewardship coordination group (ICG) tried to readjust the timeline for the reform of IANA function oversight.

Legislative changes in Spain after the ECJ ruling Svensson
Thu 11 Jun 2015, 10:43

Following the ECJ court decision and several reactions from the US (mentioned in the 301 report), there have been a series of legislative changes in Spain regarding managing links. The Sinde-Wert Committee was created to clarify whether links infringe intellectual property rights. Contrary to the national civil and criminal courts decisions so far, the Committee reached the conclusion that it does represent an infringement.

EU-US negociations on data sharing close to wrap up
Wed 5 Aug 2015, 20:00

The European Commission is working with the United States on the final details of the Safe Harbour agreement which was put up for renegotiation after the exposed U.S. mass surveillance practices. Under the new deal, U.S. registered companies will face stricter rules when transferring data to third parties.

Brussels has demanded guarantees from the United States that the collection of EU citizens' data for national security purposes would be limited to what is necessary and proportionate. The new deal would allow both sides to monitor the functioning of Safe Harbour, including how the limitations on U.S. authorities' access to the data are being applied.

U.S. President Barack Obama in June signed a bill reforming a government surveillance program. He also plans to extend certain protections enjoyed by U.S. citizens to foreigners.

U.N. Human Rights Committee review on Five Eyes surveillance practices
Tue 4 Aug 2015, 22:40

Last week the U.N. Human Rights Committee issued a report on surveillance practices for seven countries, including “Five Eyes” members US, Canada and the United Kingdom. In the conclusions the Committee strongly condemned the use of surveillance as a violation of the right to privacy.

Access, along with partners at the Brennan Center for Justice and Amnesty International, made a submission to the U.N. Human Rights Committee responding to the follow-up to the recommendations the Committee had made to the U.S. on how to curb the unlawful surveillance conducted by the U.S. National Security Agency.

You can find the Human Rights Committee’s concluding observations in full here.

US justice department requires search warrant for mobile phone surveillance
Fri 4 Sep 2015, 17:20

A new US justice department policy require federal law enforcement officials to get search warrant before using ‘Stingray’ tracking technology. The Stingray technology can sweep up basic ​mobile mobile phone data from a neighbourhood by tricking phones in the area to believe that it’s a cell tower. 

US and China in urgent negociations on cybersecurity
Sun 20 Sep 2015, 07:00

The United States and China have been engaged in urgent negotiations on a cybersecurity agreement and may announce the terms when the Chinese president Xi Jinping arrives in Washington on Thursday. The agreement could address cyber attacks on power stations, cellphone networks and hospitals, according to unidentified officials cited by the New York Times on Saturday.

President Barack Obama called last Wednesday for an international framework to prevent the internet from being “weaponised” as a tool of national aggression, while holding out the prospect of a forceful US response to China over hacking attacks.