All posts by Rebecca Davis

On 3rd September, the new EU Directive 2013/40 on attacks against information systems came into force, requiring Member States to beef up national cybercrime laws and sentencing. The Directive updates and replaces the previous Framework Decision in this area and introduces new measures including criminal offences for attacks using malicious software, and increased sentencing of up to 5 years’ imprisonment for the most serious offences. The new measures are illustrative of the EU’s increasingly aggressive stance in tackling cyber-crime – but how different is the new legislation to that already in force? Datonomy explores. Why the new Directive? Last week on 3 September, the new EU Directive 2013/40 on attacks against information systems came into force. The Directive was proposed in 2010 as a replacement to the previous Framework Decision 2005/222/JHA, which criminalised various activities in relation to attacks on information systems, including illegal access to information systems, and illegal interference with systems … Continue Reading ››
The ICO recently updated its Data Protection Enforcement Policy in the light of recommendations from the Leveson Report. The policy remains largely the same as the ICO’s earlier 2010 policy, but contains new sections specifically clarifying the regulation of the press and incorporating the ICO’s recent Information Rights Strategy. The policy again stresses that market forces and proportionality will play a key role in the ICO’s decisions whether to take enforcement action. The ICO last week published its updated Data Protection Enforcement Policy and Datonomy has been comparing this new improved version to the last version of the policy published in 2010. The policy sets out how the ICO intends to implement its regulatory powers under the Data Protection Act 1998, Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 and associated legislation. The updated policy follows recommendations in the Leveson Report that the ICO publish clearer practice guidelines to ensure compliance … Continue Reading ››