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

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

“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

Sexual Misconduct Claims against Conservative MP: What Stops the Media from Naming Rape Suspects?

Photo by Joe Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex The allegations of sexual misconduct against an unnamed Conservative MP have received significant media coverage lately. The Sunday Times reported that the ex-minister was taken into custody on Saturday 1 August 2020 after a former parliamentary employee accused them of rape, sexual … Continue reading Sexual Misconduct Claims against Conservative MP: What Stops the Media from Naming Rape Suspects?