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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Postings here are, to the best of our knowledge, accurate on the date they are made, but may well become out of date or unreliable at unpredictable times thereafter.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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Robin Wilton of the Internet Society gave a talk at the TERENA Networking Conference on the interaction between privacy, regulation, and innovation. It's a commonly heard claim that regulation stifles innovation; yet the evidence of premium rate phone fraud and other more or less criminal activities suggests that regulation can, in fact, stimulate innovation, though not always of the type we want.

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In what sometimes seems like a polarised debate on the draft Data Protection Regulation, it’s good to see the Article 29 Working Party trying to find the middle ground. The subject of their latest advice note is the contentious topic of profiling, which has been presented both as vital to the operation and development of Internet services and as an extreme violation of privacy.

Blog Event

Cookie Law Update

By Andrew Cormack

13 June 2012, 12.30-13.30

In 2009 an apparently minor amendment was made to European telecoms privacy law that turns out to have significant implications for websites using cookies as well as other technologies such as e-mail tracking.

The change became UK law in 2011 and will be enforced by the Information Commissioner from May 2012.


Discuss what organisations can do to work towards compliance

Discuss some examples of how others have responded to the law

Q&A Session

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 13:30 to 14:30
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The International Chamber of Commerce has published a Guide to cookies to help businesses comply with the legislation and individuals understand what is being done with their data. Rather than concentrating on the legal issues, the guide aims to develop a common terminology for different types of cookie use, which should help to increase users’ familiarity with the different types of cookie and help them to make properly informed choices.

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