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

“You Were Only Supposed to Blow the Bloody Doors Off!”: Schrems II and External Transfers of Personal Data

Photo by Joshua Sortino Prof. Lorna Woods, Professor of Internet Law, University of Essex The Court of Justice today handed down the much anticipated ruling on the legality of standard contractual clauses (SCCs) as a mechanism to transfer personal data outside the European Union.  It forms part of Schrems’ campaign to challenge the ‘surveillance capitalism’ model on which … Continue reading “You Were Only Supposed to Blow the Bloody Doors Off!”: Schrems II and External Transfers of Personal Data

The COVID-19 Pandemic: Five Urgent Principles for Leaving No One Behind through Technology

Photo by James Yarema Lorna McGregor, Professor of International Human Rights Law at the University of Essex and Director of the multi-disciplinary Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project; and Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Essex, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Chairperson of the URG’s Board of … Continue reading The COVID-19 Pandemic: Five Urgent Principles for Leaving No One Behind through Technology

Reforming the Computer Misuse Act 1990

Dr Audrey Guinchard, Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, is delighted to attend at Westminster today’s launch event for ‘Reforming the Computer Misuse Act 1990’. The reform project was undertaken by the Criminal Law Reform Now Network (CRLN Network), headed by Dr John Child (University of Birmingham), upon Audrey’s proposal to tackle, … Continue reading Reforming the Computer Misuse Act 1990