Regulatory Developments

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One of Jisc’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Postings here are, to the best of our knowledge, accurate on the date they are made, but may well become out of date or unreliable at unpredictable times thereafter.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.

NEW: To help navigate the many posts on the General Data Protection Regulation, I've classified them as most relevant to developing a GDPR compliance process, GDPR's effect on specific topics, or how the GDPR is being developed. Or you can just use my free GDPR project plan.

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Following on from my previous blog post on the possible uses of wellbeing analytics, we'd very much welcome comments on this latest draft of our Code of Practice. Note that this includes the maximum safeguards from all legal bases that seem likely to apply, so even if our continuing investigations conclude that some of those bases are not appropriate, the Code's recommendations are unlikely to change significantly.

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An interesting talk from Rockwell at this year's FIRST conference looked at how to organise incident response in environments containing network-connected hardware devices. Though Rockwell's focus is on industrial machinery, the same ideas should apply to smart buildings and other places where a security incident can cause physical, not just digital, harm. This is not the only difference: connected hardware devices tend to be much more diverse than PCs, and they are expected to have much longer lifetimes.

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In data protection circles, the phrase "Safe Harbour" doesn't have a great reputation. Wikipedia describes those as setting hard boundaries around an area where "a vaguer, overall standard" applies. Famously, in 2015, the European Court of Justice struck down the data protection Safe Harbor arrangement negotiated between the European Commission and the US Government.

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The Government's new White Paper on Online Harms is strikingly wide in both the range of harms identified, and the range of entities asked to play a part in reducing them. The White Paper envisages that harmful content could be spread through any online facility that allows individual users to share content, to find content shared by others, or interact with each other.

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