Regulatory Developments

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One of Janet’s activities is to monitor and, where possible, influence regulatory developments that affect us and our customer universities, colleges and schools as operators of large computer networks. Since Janet and its customer networks are classified by Ofcom as private networks, postings here are likely to concentrate on the regulation of those networks.

Postings here are, to the best of our knowledge, accurate on the date they are made, but may well become out of date or unreliable at unpredictable times thereafter. Before taking action that may have legal consequences, you should talk to your own lawyers.

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Recently I've been doing some work with Niall Sclater on how education organisations might inform students about the use of learning analytics, and when they might seek students' consent. The resulting blog post is at

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Last October the European Court of Justice confirmed that websites do have a legitimate interest in security that may justify the processing of personal data. That case (Breyer) overruled a German law that said websites could only process personal data for the purpose of delivering the pages requested by users. As far as I know, everywhere else in Europe the use of logs to secure websites is accepted as lawful.

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Anyone who has looked at an information security standard is likely to be familiar with the idea of an Information Asset Register. These cover the What and Where of information that an organisation relies on: what information do we hold, and where is it kept.

Many of the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) point to an extension of this idea: something more like an Information Lifecycle Register. This would add

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