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Postings here are, to the best of our knowledge, accurate on the date they are made, but may well become out of date or unreliable at unpredictable times thereafter.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

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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.

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A recent news story reported that a small number of litter bins in London were collecting a unique identifier from passing mobile phones and using these for some sort of "footfall analysis". There doesn’t seem to be much detail about the plans: it struck me that a helpful application could perhaps be look for the same phone passing slowly and repeatedly past, and display an "are you lost?" map on the bin’s advertising screen!

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The theme of this week’s conference of the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) is “Sharing to Win”. Perhaps inevitably, I’ve had a number of people (and not just Europeans) tell me that privacy law prevents them sharing information that would help others detect and recover from computer security incidents. If that’s right, then those laws are working directly against the privacy they are supposed to be protecting.

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A wide-ranging panel discussion at the TERENA Networking Conference considered the stability of the Internet routing system at all levels from technology to regulation. The conclusion seemed to be that at the moment the Internet is stable because two systems, technical and human, compensate effectively for each others’ failings. While improvements to increase stability may be possible, they must beware of disrupting the current balance or introducing new ways that it can fail.

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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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