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  • Data protection: rights of passengers using Automated Border Control
    As news emerges that the European Commission’s counter-terror plan will require blanket collection and storage of personal data records of all passengers flying in and out of Europe, Diana Dimitrova from KU Leuven returns to discuss rights of passengers using Automated Border Control. The passenger rights discussed here have broader implications for all data subject to the Data Retention Directive.  In […]
  • Personal data and dynamic IPs – time for clarity?
    Damian Clifford and Jessica Schroers, legal researchers at KU Leuven, look at whether dynamic IP addresses fall within the scope of European Data Protection legislation given the identifiability of users based on the processing of IP addresses. In simple terms, IP addresses are unique sets of numbers that identify each computer using the Internet Protocol to communicate over a network. […]
  • How open data and data governance could change democracy in France and abroad
    Last September, the French government appointed Henri Verdier as its first “Chief Data Officer”. Four months after his appointment, LSE student Marine Gossa looks back at the debates that Verdier’s new function sparked in France and what a Chief Data Officer could mean for French democracy. Working under the Prime Minster’s direct orders and within the Ministry for Public Action […]
  • Media mergers under scrutiny in Ireland
    In December 2014, Ireland’s Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources published draft guidelines on media mergers and invited comments until 22 January. Stephen Dunne, journalist and PhD candidate at Dublin City University, looks at the guidelines and at the implications of this move. Democratic governments are wary of picking a fight with wealthy media moguls and their powerful media […]
  • The legislative future of virtual currencies
    Privacy and virtual identity researcher, Niels Vandezande of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT (ICRI) at the University of Leuven explores legislative developments targeting virtual currencies like bitcoin in the US and EU, and argues that 2015 may be an important year for virtual currencies due to increasing stability and upcoming court decisions. Virtual currencies – and especially cryptocurrencies such as […]