Yesterday's excellent University of Cambridge conference on Internet Regulation After Google Spain suggested that data protection law will continue to affect a growing range of our activities, but that interpreting its requirements in novel circumstances will continue to be challenging.
In discussions of the "Right to be Forgotten" it is often observed that Google manages each month to deal with tens of millions of delisting requests for breach of copyright, as opposed to tens of thousands for inaccurate personal data. Often the implication seems to be that those numbers should be more similar.
A couple of discussions at Networkshop this week have raised the question of cyber-insurance, and whether this might be useful to universities and colleges. To think about that I split the question into three:
Yesterday UCISA published the Information Security Management Toolkit that provides guidance to higher education institutions wishing to establish systems to manage information security. Authors from across the sector contributed to the content including Andrew Cormack and myself from Jisc.
The Government has published its proposed guidance to universities, colleges and other specified authorities on what they will be expected to do to satisfy their duty under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to "to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism".
I'll be presenting a workshop and discussion session on 'From Mobile Device Policy to BYOD' at Jisc's Digifest on Monday 9th March. Come along and hear why Bring Your Own Device may not be as scary as you think
My slides are now published on slideshare
Next month I'll be going to an academic conference on Google Spain and the "Right to be Forgotten" (actually, "right to be delinked") so I thought I'd better organise my thoughts on why, as a provider and user of communications and information services, the decision worries me. And I am much more worried by the decision itself and the train of proposed law it seems to have created than by how Google has responded.
The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, which received Royal Assent last week, has some network-related provisions among its various powers relating to terrorism. Section 21 adds further "relevant internet data" to the list of information that public telecommunications operators may be required to retain about the use of their networks and systems.