wrote a TechPolicyDaily.com piece about the largely unheralded passage of the Investigatory Powers Law by the British Parliament, which superseded an earlier, similar law, the Data Protection and Investigatory Act of 2014 that was about to expire. On December 1, the European Court of Justice (ECJ), Europe’s highest court, effectively invalidated a central provision of both laws — the data retention mandates. The court ruled that the “general and indiscriminate” data retention sections of the laws violate the European Union’s privacy directives, as well as the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
September 2016 survey of 1000 New Zealand small and medium business enterprises (SMEs). In New Zealand, ‘small’ businesses have fewer than 20 employees, and ‘medium’ between 20 and 199 employees. It is somewhat sobering for policymakers and cloud-based service providers who believe that “cost-effective, reliable internet infrastructure is an absolute must for all businesses, wherever they may be, in order to keep up with new ways of attracting and servicing customers,” and view government subsidies for network deployment as imperative, that the New Zealand data appear to confirm that demand for fast fiber connections is as lacklustre amongst SMEs as it is amongst residential consumers.
was passed after many months of debate and a few amendments aimed (unsuccessfully) at mollifying its vociferous dissenters among civil liberties and privacy advocates.