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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Postings here are, to the best of our knowledge, accurate on the date they are made, but may well become out of date or unreliable at unpredictable times thereafter.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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The Article 29 Working Party's guidance on Breach Notification suggests some things we should do before a security breach occurs. The GDPR expects data controllers, within 72 hours of becoming aware of any security breach, to determine whether there is a risk to individuals and, if so, to report to the national Data Protection Authority. It seems unlikely that an organisation that hasn't prepared is going to be able to manage that.

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Article 22 of the GDPR contains a new, and oddly-worded, "right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing". This only applies to decisions that "produce[] legal effects … or similarly significantly affect[]" the individual. Last year, the Article 29 Working Party's draft guidance on interpreting this Article noted that an automated refusal to hire a bicycle – because of insufficient credit – might reach this threshold.

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In thinking about the legal arrangements for Jisc's learning analytics services we consciously postponed incorporating medical and other information that Article 9(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) classifies as Special Category Data (SCD): "personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, and the processing of genetic data, biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person, data concerning health or data concerning a natural person's sex life or sexual orientation" (mo

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One of the concerns commonly raised for Artificial Intelligence is that it may not be clear how a system reached its conclusion from the input data. The same could well be said of human decision makers: AI at least lets us choose an approach based on the kind of explainability we want. Discussions at last week's Ethical AI in HE meeting revealed several different options:

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Concern has sometimes been expressed whether the General Data Protection Regulation’s (GDPR) requirement to notify individuals of all processing of their personal data would cause difficulties for security and incident response teams. These activities involve a lot of processing of IP addresses, which the GDPR and case law seem to indicate will normally count as personal data. But a law that required us to tell attackers how much we knew about their activities would help them far more than us.

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