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European Commission Proposes Stronger Data Privacy Legislation

After weeks of suspense and rumors, last Wednesday the European Commission finally introduced long-awaited legislation to update the 1995 Data Protection Directive, the primary instrument governing personal privacy in Europe.  These changes had been widely anticipated by the privacy community, and were spurred in large part by two distinct motivations: (1) the desire to provide users stronger…

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Dutch Advance Net Neutrality Legislation

Wednesday, the Dutch parliament passed a balanced and sensible set of internet neutrality rules, thus becoming the first country in Europe, and only the second in the world, to move to protect the openness of the Internet through legislation.  (Chile’s law went into effect this spring.)  Lawmakers also reportedly “accidentally” included a filtering provision, which…

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For Privacy, European Commission Must Be Innovative

This post is part of “CDT Fellows Focus,” a series that presents the views of notable experts on tech policy issues. This month, CDT Fellow Omer Tene writes about the consultation launched by the European Commission to update the European Union Data Protection Directive. Posts featured in “CDT Fellows Focus” don’t necessarily reflect the views of CDT; the…

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Europe Revisiting Privacy Laws is Opportunity, Not Catastrophe

Last week, the European Commission issued an important report discussing how the European Union plans to update its Data Protection Directive. The Directive, now 15 years old, provides the kind of cross-industry, baseline privacy protections that don’t exist in the United States, but it has been long criticized as being inconsistently applied and erratically enforced….

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Wise Public Policy Will Not Kill the Internet

Ever since the FCC launched its bold effort to update 20th century regulations to fit the 21st century broadband world, telecom companies have waged a relentless verbal campaign to persuade the public of the dire consequences that will occur if the Commission (or Congress) succeeds.  Meanwhile, the FCC is rightly looking to mark the boundaries…

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Neutrality and Caching

There has been lots of discussion in Internet neutrality circles this week about Monday’s Wall Street Journal article claiming that Google, in seeking to enter caching deals with ISPs, is departing from its stance in favor of Internet neutrality. Google and a number of commenters (here, here and here) by now have…

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Does Phorm Fit?

Last week, the European Commission issued an answer to several queries regarding Phorm, a U.K. company that uses Internet traffic data to serve targeted advertisements. Phorm has proposed partnerships with some of the United Kingdom’s largest ISPs that allow Phorm to use deep packet inspection (DPI) to create profiles of individual consumers’ Web habits. Several members of the European…

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