Effective Oversight of Large-Scale Surveillance Activities: A Human Rights Perspective

Photo by Lianhao Qu Daragh Murray, Pete Fussey, Lorna McGregor, and Maurice Sunkin, University of Essex, explore the international human rights law implications of state surveillance in a new article published in the Journal of National Security Law and Policy (JNSLP). Today, state surveillance involves the large-scale collection and analysis of digital data—activities which allow … Continue reading Effective Oversight of Large-Scale Surveillance Activities: A Human Rights Perspective

Enhancing Cross-Border Access to Electronic Information in Criminal Proceedings: Towards a new E-Evidence legal framework in the EU

Photo by Christian Lue on Unsplash Dr Oriola Sallavaci, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Essex In recent years cross-border exchange of electronic information has become increasingly important to enable criminal investigations and prosecutions. As I have discussed in depth in my study “Rethinking Criminal Justice in Cyberspace: The EU E-evidence framework as a new … Continue reading Enhancing Cross-Border Access to Electronic Information in Criminal Proceedings: Towards a new E-Evidence legal framework in the EU

ICO Targets Companies for Seeking to Illegally Make Profit from the Current Public Health Emergency

Photo by Adomas Aleno Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex On 24 September and 8 October 2020, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the United Kingdom's independent body established to uphold information rights, imposed fines on two companies for sending thousands of nuisance marketing texts and unlawful marketing emails at the height … Continue reading ICO Targets Companies for Seeking to Illegally Make Profit from the Current Public Health Emergency

Human Rights Expert Receives Major Funding to Investigate Impact of Algorithms on Democracy

Photo by Ari He An Essex human rights expert has been awarded major funding to look at the impact of Artificial Intelligence-assisted decision-making on individual development and the functioning of democracy. Dr Daragh Murray, from the School of Law and Human Rights Centre, is among the latest wave of individuals to receive funding as part of UK Research and … Continue reading Human Rights Expert Receives Major Funding to Investigate Impact of Algorithms on Democracy

ICO’s Age Appropriate Design Code of Practice Comes Into Effect

Photo by Igor Starkov Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex On 2 September 2020, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the United Kingdom's independent body established to uphold information rights, formally issued its Age Appropriate Design Code of Practice which should be followed by online services to protect children’s privacy. The Age Appropriate … Continue reading ICO’s Age Appropriate Design Code of Practice Comes Into Effect

The Oxford Statement on International Law Protections Against Foreign Electoral Interference through Digital Means

Photo by Joshua Sortino Dr. Antonio Coco, Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, has co-drafted The Oxford Statement on International Law Protections Against Foreign Electoral Interference through Digital Means, which has been signed by 139 international lawyers so far. The Statement is the third in a series — informally known as the "Oxford … Continue reading The Oxford Statement on International Law Protections Against Foreign Electoral Interference through Digital Means

Reforming Cybercrime Legislations to Support Vulnerability Research: the UK Experience and Beyond

CODE BLUE (29-30 October 2020) is an international conference where the world's top information security specialists gather to give cutting edge talks, and is a place for all participants to exchange information and interact beyond borders and languages. As technology and society move forward and IoT (Internet of Things) is becoming a reality, security is … Continue reading Reforming Cybercrime Legislations to Support Vulnerability Research: the UK Experience and Beyond

Internet Safety Expert Recognised with OBE

Photo by Rami Al-zayat An Essex legal expert has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her work on internet safety. Professor Lorna Woods, from our School of Law, has been working since 2017 with William Perrin of the Carnegie UK Trust to develop a workable solution to ‘online harms’, a term that covers a range of … Continue reading Internet Safety Expert Recognised with OBE

When is Mass Surveillance Justified? The CJEU Clarifies the Law in Privacy International and Other Cases

Photo by Matthew Henry Lorna Woods, Professor of Internet Law, University of Essex Background This case concerns the collection of bulk communications data (BCD) from network operators by the security and intelligence agencies (SIAs).  It formed part of an action brought by Privacy International challenging the SIAs’ acquisition, use, retention, disclosure, storage and deletion of bulk … Continue reading When is Mass Surveillance Justified? The CJEU Clarifies the Law in Privacy International and Other Cases

Essex Expertise Informs Facial Recognition Decision

The expertise and leading-edge research of three Essex academics has informed a landmark judgment on police use of facial recognition. On Tuesday 11 August, the Court of Appeal delivered its judgment in a case brought by civil liberties campaigner Ed Bridges and the campaigning organisation Liberty, challenging a previous decision in favour of South Wales Police. Mr Bridges, … Continue reading Essex Expertise Informs Facial Recognition Decision