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UK Conservatives Want A "New Internet" Which They Can Control

21 May 2017 - 01:37 AM



More worrying developments from the UK. The Conservatives, spear-headed by Theresa May, want to regulate the Internet further.


That is, if they win the upcoming election.


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Enviable Upcoming EU Legislation: GDPR

04 May 2017 - 05:04 PM



Next year, around May, the EU will enact the GDPR. The General Data Protection Regulation adds some interesting new things to the requirements for how data is protected, how companies are punished for breaches and other measures that hopefully ensure that people can rest more easy in regards to data protection. I assume AirVPN will fall under these rules, being based in Italy. Although I suspect Air will have a vastly easier time living up to any and all rules, given it already tries to minimise how much it knows about its users. But for large companies, this new regulation is a huge headache. There's even talk about how ransomware could threaten companies with exposing the breach of company security to the public, thus meaning the company gets fined for a % of its global revenue. A potent threat.


After four years of preparation and debate the GDPR was finally approved by the EU Parliament on 14 April 2016. It will enter in force 20 days after its publication in the EU Official Journal and will be directly application in all members states two years after this date. Enforcement date: 25 May 2018 - at which time those organizations in non-compliance will face heavy fines. 


The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and was designed to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens data privacy and to reshape the way organizations across the region approach data privacy. The key articles of the GDPR, as well as information on its business impact, can be found throughout this site.


Some highlights from the above link, about GDPR:


What constitutes personal data?
Any information related to a natural person or ‘Data Subject’, that can be used to directly or indirectly identify the person. It can be anything from a name, a photo, an email address, bank details, posts on social networking websites, medical information, or a computer IP address.


Who does the GDPR affect?
The GDPR not only applies to organisations located within the EU but it will also apply to organisations located outside of the EU if they offer goods or services to, or monitor the behaviour of, EU data subjects. It applies to all companies processing and holding the personal data of data subjects residing in the European Union, regardless of the company’s location.

What are the penalties for non-compliance?
Organizations can be fined up to 4% of annual global turnover for breaching GDPR or €20 Million. This is the maximum fine that can be imposed for the most serious infringements e.g.not having sufficient customer consent to process data or violating the core of Privacy by Design concepts. There is a tiered approach to fines e.g. a company can be fined 2% for not having their records in order (article 28), not notifying the supervising authority and data subject about a breach or not conducting impact assessment. It is important to note that these rules apply to both controllers and processors -- meaning 'clouds' will not be exempt from GDPR enforcement.

You can view the key changes here.


Thoughts? I think it's interesting. Even if everything doesn't go according to plan, I think that it's nice to see that someone is doing something for data security at least.

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