12-2009 December Newsletter

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Where is EU Data Protection policy headed?

In Jose Manuel Barroso’s recent reshuffle of the European Commission, there were a couple of moves which bear some further inspection, from a privacy/identity perspective. The former Commissioner for Information Society, Viviane Reding, is promoted to one of the Vice Presidents of the Commission, and given a new portfolio as Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights more…

UK DNA policy (still) fails proportionality test

It is now a year since the European Court of Human Rights’ (ECHR) ruling on UK vs. S and Marper. The court’s ruling in that case was clear: the UK government’s policy of systematic and indiscriminate retention of DNA samples, DNA profiles and fingerprints of those acquitted of any offence is disproportionate. The government had, more…

Notes from Malmo 2009 e-Gov conference

Back in late November I Twittered from the Ministerial eGovernment Conference in Malmø (#egov2009), expressing the hope that the press release would contain a bit more substance than the keynote announcement of the Ministerial Declaration. I am delighted to say that when I got my hands on a copy of the full text, it did. more…

Neustar Joins Kantara Initiative’s Board of Trustees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Neustar Joins Kantara Initiative’s Board of Trustees PISCATAWAY, NJ, December 3, 2009 – The Kantara Initiative announced today that Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR) has joined its Board of Trustees, and will play an integral role in shaping the organization’s strategic direction on a global basis. Peter Davis, director and distinguished member of more…