European Commission Publishes Proposal for Regulation on Fair Access and Use of Data

The European Commission published a newly proposed regulation for data access and reuse, aimed at facilitating free access to digital data by businesses, academic institutions, public administration, consumers, and other stakeholders. The proposed regulation does not aim to govern personal data, but rather technical data.

Among other issues, the proposed regulation intends to enable consumers to freely access and use ...

EU Official Calls for a Ban on NSO’s Pegasus

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has called for an EU-wide ban on the development and deployment of Pegasus and other spyware with similar capabilities, on account of the unprecedented risks arising from such spyware regarding the fundamental rights and freedoms of individuals, particularly the right to privacy, as well as risks to democracy itself.

The EDPS clarifies that if ...

Israeli Gov’t Probe Found Police’s Use of Spyware Compliant with Warrants

A report issued by a special investigation team found no indications that the Israel police had warrantlessly infected, or attempted to infect, smartphones with spyware. The team was assembled by the Israeli Attorney General to examine the allegations raised by the Israeli newspaper Calcalist, according to which the police perform systematic warrantless surveillance of innocent individuals using NSO’s “Pegasus” spyware. ...

Israeli Knesset Commences Deliberations on an Amended Protection of Privacy Law

The Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee of the Knesset (the Israeli parliament) commenced deliberations on the Protection of Privacy Bill (Amendment No. 14), 5782-2022, after its approval in first reading late January. The chair of the committee, Member of the Knesset Gilad Kariv, indicated that this amendment is “only the beginning” and that the mission at hand for the committee ...

EU Privacy Regulators Increase GDPR Enforcement Efforts

Following a decision given by the European Data Protection Supervisor and the Austrian Data Protection Authority in January, the French data protection regulator (CNIL) has also declared the use of Google Analytics for processing personal data of EU data subjects to violate the GDPR. CNIL concluded that Google Analytics transfers data to the US without implementing sufficient supplementary measures ...

Artwork Created by AI Isn’t Copyrightable

Artificial Intelligence (AI) cannot be considered an “author” of a copyrighted work under the copyright law of the United States, and a work created by AI cannot be copyrighted. The decision was delivered by the Copyright Review Board of the United States Copyright Office (USCO), in response to a copyright registration application filed by the owner of an AI program. ...

Microsoft Announces New Principles for App Stores

Security and privacy, accountability, Fairness and Transparency, and Developer Choice – are the four areas covered by Microsoft’s new principles for its app stores. The new principles, eleven in total, are tightly based on the Open App Markets Bill currently debated by the U.S. Senate. The principles aim to promote competition, and they outline Microsoft’s obligations towards app developers, such ...