The European Council of Ministers have now published a proposed text for the General Data Protection Regulation. This still needs to be edited by the Commission's "lawyer-linguists" to check for inconsistencies, sort out the numbering of recitals and articles etc. But the working parties of both the Parliament and the Council have recommended that the resulting text should be adopted by the respective full bodies at meetings in the next couple of months.
With the joint Parliamentary committee having finished taking evidence, there will probably be a short pause in the flow of information about the draft Investigatory Powers Bill until the Committee publishes its report (expected around 11th February) and the Government responds. If you want to do any further research in the meantime, the main sources are:
The European Council has published the text of the Network and Information Security Directive recently agreed by its representatives and those of the European Parliament. This still needs to be "technically finalised" (in particular Recital and Article numbers will change, so I’ve not included them here) and formally approved by the Parliament; then Member States will have 21 months to bring it into force.
As its title suggests, the Commission's public consultation on the regulatory environment for platforms, online intermediaries, data and cloud computing and the collaborative economy covers a lot of different areas. One of these is the rules for on-line intermediaries: at present networks, caches and hosts that carry third party content.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), as the body given responsibility by the Home Office for monitoring compliance with the Prevent duty in the higher education sector in England, has now announced how it will perform this responsibility. Full details can be found at the links to the HEFCE website below: the following is a summary.
Shortly after the recent attacks on TalkTalk the Culture, Media and Sport Committee decided to hold an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the data breach, but also the wider implications for telecoms and internet service providers.