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EU Moves to Impose New Data Retention Law

Trend Summary: The European Commission is mulling a new law requiring telecoms companies to store communications data of EU citizens.


Following the European Court of Justice's recent rejection (on privacy concerns) of a proposed new law to fight terrorism, the European Commission is mulling new legislation that will compel telecom companies to retain the communications data of all EU citizens. The move was  triggered by the murderous Islamist attacks in Paris last month, focussing the attention of European Union leaders on how best to ... 

[Estimated timeframe:Q1 2015 onward]

... intensify counter-terrorism efforts within the EU.

For example this might require the creation of an EU-wide system for storing all airline passenger data.

This would require a careful balancing act, as the EU Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos notes: "On the one hand, the fundamental role that telecommunications records could play in the fight against terrorism and, on the other, the importance of adopting a cautious and measured approach".

According to the minutes of the Commission's meeting, Mr Avramopoulos intends to launch a consultation on the issue to determine whether a new law on data retention that respects privacy rights could be prepared over the coming year.

Following the proposed law's initial rejection by the European Court in 2014, Britain rushed through emergency legislation requiring UK-based telecoms firms to retain customer data for one year thereby prompting criticism from privacy campaigners.

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Source: Reuters.com
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EU Mulls Net Neutrality Law

Trend Summary: The EU's new vice president for matters digital has voiced his support for the concept that all internet traffic be treated in the same way.


Andrus Ansip, the European Union's commissioner for the digital single market, is backing the principle of so-called "net neutrality" -  the concept that all internet traffic should be treated equally. If adopted, the legislation means that internet service providers [ISPs] will not in future be allowed to cherry-pick which websites consumers can access. Nor will ISPs be able to preferentially ...

[Estimated timeframe: Q4 2014 onward]

... route traffic to or from certain sites faster than others.

Mr Ansip's move is timely, given that the bloc’s telecoms ministers will today discuss dropping the definition of the concept from upcoming new legislation.

In a speech delivered to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, commissioner Ansip declared: “The net neutrality concept has to be solid and should be clearly defined.”

“Our citizens want the best the internet can offer, they want an internet that is safe and accessible to everybody ... this is not a reality in Europe today.”

He continued: “One particular area to address will involve putting a stop to blocking of online consumers based on their location or residence.

“This will be about reforming and modernizing copyright rules and getting rid of unjustified curbs on transfer and access to digital assets."

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Source: WSJ.com
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UK Government to Introduce Online ID Scheme

Trend Summary: A new UK government-backed security initiative now enables online Britons to prove that they really are who they claim to be.


As more and more government and commercial services move online, fraud and identity theft is on the increase. In such an environment, proving one's identity is of paramount importance - not just to individuals but to the businesses and government departments with whom they interact. In many countries the answer is an identity card but in the UK ...

[Estimated timeframe:Q3 2014 onward]

... the very idea triggers a furious barrage of resistance.

However, the UK Government Digital Service, [GDS], fresh from winning a cornucopia of awards for its gov.uk family of websites, is confident that an identity assurance system branded Verify will be even more transformative.

Reports BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones: "Last week in a conference room inside the Treasury, I got a first glimpse of the new GDS service from a group of people who couldn't be less like your average civil servants. Casually dressed, toting fold-up bicycles and laptops covered in stickers, they come across like programmers from an edgy start-up. Which is what GDS aspires to be."

They explained with some excitement that I was the first outsider to get a glimpse of Verify - a one stop shop for proving an individual's identity in order to access a range of government services, such as paying tax or renewing your passport and/or driving licence.

Explains Cellan-Jones: "The process of verifying your identity is not done by the government itself but is handed over to a range of outside companies. Right now, at the beta testing stage, this is limited to the credit rating agency Experian and the US company Verizon, which has an identity assurance business as well as a mobile phone network".

As the scheme progresses other organisations such as the Post Office, banks and UK mobile phone operators will also be suppliers.

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Source: BBC.co.uk
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UK Household Incomes Rise at Fastest Pace in Over a Year

Trend Summary: Last month (August) saw UK employment incomes increase at the fastest pace in more than a year.


According to a survey released today by financial data firm Markit, salaries grew in both the public and private sectors for the first time since May. However, although the growth in employment incomes was the joint fastest on record, overall growth remained moderate, the firm reports. The London-headquartered global financial data and services company also revealed that its ...

[Estimated timeframe: Q3 2014 onward]

... overall monthly Household Finance Index rose to 42.6 last month, the second-highest reading since the survey was launched in 2009.

Markit also predicts that the survey results are "likely to be noticed by the Bank of England", implying that BoE governor Mark Carney could be poised to ease restrictions on interest rates - in force since the financlal crisis of 2009.

Mr. Carney said the UK's economic recovery had "exceeded all expectations" and "has momentum." Against that background, he said, the time for interest rates to "normalise" is nearing, and that in recent months the decision on whether to raise borrowing costs or leave policy unchanged "has become more balanced."

Figures released Tuesday show that UK factory output increased in July. Conversely the nation's trade deficit widened, a sign that economic recovery remains dependent on domestic demand.

In a speech to trade-union members in Liverpool, Mr Carney said the rate at which wages rise over coming months will be key to the exact timing of the first move. He also repeated his assurance that an increase in the benchmark rate will be "gradual and limited."

Suspending his legendary caution, Mr Carney also observed that the UK's economic recovery had "exceeded all expectations" and "has momentum."

In the light of this encouraging trend, Carney said the time for interest rates to "normalise" is nearing, and that in recent months the decision on whether to raise borrowing costs or leave policy unchanged "has become more balanced."

Despite this positive trend UK wages remain "in a rut" - although Markit's senior economist Jack Kennedy believes incomes are now showing "tentative signs of life".

Notes Mr Kennedy: "With the Bank of England now forecasting a return to real wage growth by the middle of next year, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel".

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Source: Reuters.com
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Web Guru Demands Online 'Magna Carta'

Trend Summary: Sir Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the world wide web, this week warned that the system is under increasing attack from governments and corporations alike.


Speaking to The Guardian newspaper yesterday, Sir Tim Berners-Lee said that new rules are needed to protect the "open, neutral" system, urging that an online "Magna Carta" is needed to protect and enshrine the independence of the medium he created back in 1989. He also urged that action be taken to ...

[Estimated timeframe: Q1 2014]

.. protect the rights of web users worldwide.  

"We need a global constitution – a bill of rights", he said.

Sir Tim's "Magna Carta" plan is part of a wider initiative called "The Web We Want". This urges people in each and every nation to generate a digital bill of rights – a statement of principles he hopes will be supported by public institutions, government officials and corporations.

Warns the web guru: "Unless we have an open, neutral internet we can rely on without worrying about what's happening at the back door, we can't have open government, good democracy, good healthcare, connected communities and diversity of culture.

"It's not naive to think we can have that, but it is naive to think we can just sit back and get it."

In the wake of revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden regarding the illicit activities of America's National Security Agency, Berners-Lee has been an outspoken critic of the US and UK spy agencies' surveillance of citizens.

In the light of what has emerged, he said, people are looking for an overhaul of how the security services are overseen.

Sir Tim's views also echo across the technology industry, where there is particular anger about the efforts by the NSA and Britain's GCHQ to undermine encryption and security tools – something many cybersecurity experts say has been counterproductive and undermined everyone's security.

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Source: The Guardian.com
MTT insight URL: http://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=6286

New EU Data Laws Could Shackle Marketers

Bottom Line: Marketers operating within the European Union are likely to be shackled by stringent new EU data protection laws.


The ongoing battle between big data and individual privacy reached its zenith earlier this month when the European Parliament voted in favour of harsh new data protection regulations. Predictably this was not to the liking of adland's trade bodies, among them the World Federation of Advertisers and the EU-focused Industry Coalition for Data Protection (whose membership includes the WFA and the EU branch of the American Chamber of Commerce), all of whom were ... 

[Estimated timeframe:Q4 2013 onward]

... furiously lobbying ahead of the vote in the hope of negotiating a lighter-touch regime that takes into account the interests of business. 

Argues Malte Lohan, director of public affairs at the WFA: "The European Parliament wants to make the toughest privacy law the world has ever seen. The EU is championing the rights of citizens, but it's not that straightforward - this could undermine the digital economy."

The first crucial issue is around the definition of personal data.

The Data Protection Regulation could include not only personal information like names, bank details and passport numbers, but all sorts of identifiers that marketers routinely use – and consider to be anonymous -- in the world of big data.

The second - and equally crucial - bill centres on the definition of consent.

It seeks explicit, prior, opt-in consent at every turn, asking consumers to negotiate a cookie wall before they can engage in such routine activities as checking the weather or viewing the news.

Posits Mr Lohan: "From a marketer point of view it's totally disproportionate."

The proposals were first outlined last year. Since then, Jan-Philipp Albrecht, a Member of the European Parliament who represents the German Green Party, has been working on refining the complex document.

Reports AdAge: "Mr Albrecht specializes in civil liberties and is tough on privacy issues."

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Source: AdAge.com
MTT insight URL: http://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=6194

UK's Ofcom to Enforce Lower Superfast Broadband Charges

Bottom Line: The UK government's communications regulator is planning new and better deals for 'superfast' broadband users.


Superfast fibre optic services [SFOS] now account for around 13% of all broadband connections in the United Kingdom, prompting communications regulator Ofcom to impose new measures designed to achieve better SFOS deals both for consumers and businesses. SFOS connections are usually made via fibre-optic cables, achieving speeds more than double the UK average. To encourage greater use of the technology Ofcom proposes to ...

[Estimated timeframe: Q3 2013 onward]

... shorten the minimum length of contracts and cut the costs charged by broadband providers when switching customers.

In a recent report Ofcom said upgrading from slower connections was becoming cheaper, and is increasingly popular with businesses and consumers alike.

However, the watchdog also found that switching between one superfast provider and another remains expensive.

Currently, ISPs [insternet service providers] using BT's superfast Openreach network must pay BT a £50 fee if they want to switch a customer on to their service - a charge that is frequently passed on to the customer.

Ofcom plans to slash the cost of switching from the current £50 fee to between £10 and £15. The regulator also plans to reduce the minimum contract length to one month.

According to Ofcom, the proposed measures are intended to ensure that BT's access charges for its fibre network are "fair and reasonable".

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Source: BBC.co.uk
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EU Moots Built-In Broadband for All New Houses

Bottom Line: A new European Union proposal, if approved, will require all new houses built within the EU to be equipped with an integrated  broadband system.


The draft legislation, proposed by European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes, has significant implications for the digital marketing and telecoms industries. The plan is part of the EC's strategy to extend broadband access across the EU. But there's also a downside: although making broadband installation mandatory in every new-build house would be good for consumers and internet service providers ... 

[Estimated timeframe: Q1 2014 - 2016]

 ... the deal would lock Europe into a single connective technology and has fewer benefits for the industry that will have to execute the strategy - the house builders.

Wall Street Journal blogger Anna Leach reports that the proposals draw on good practice from all over Europe, though the only country with mandatory broadband in new builds is Spain.

The new regulations will initially be submitted to the European Parliament, then to the twenty-seven individual member states — a process that normally takes around two years.

Telcos are predictably enthusiatic about the proposals. Says Tom Ruhan, chairman of the European Competitive Telecommunications Association: “The proposals to reduce the costs of deployment of fibre networks are very welcome.”

While a Vodafone spokesman said: “We welcome the Commission’s proposals which are pragmatic and urgently needed.”

The benefit to telcos is estimated by the EC to be €40-60 billion – the amount the Commission expects them to save as the new regulation reduces their civil engineering costs by 30%.

As a secondary benefit, European telcos will also efforlessly acquire hundreds of thousands of new customers.

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Source: WSJ.com
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EU Warns Citizens of US Privacy Invasion Threat

Bottom Line: A study commissioned by the European Union warns that US authorities could use a Federal Act to access European users' data stored on US-based social media sites.


Although the US Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Amendments Act [FISA], renewed late last month, does not apply outside the USA, the European Union has warned its citizens that US authorities could use the Act to access European users' data stored on US-based servers - for example Facebook and other US-located social media sites. A study commissioned by the EU found that ... 

[Estimated timeframe: Q1 2013 onward]

... EU citizens' data stored on US servers is not protected from access by a third party.

According to a report commissioned by the EU and carried out by the Centre for European Policy Studies, America's so-called Patriot Act gives US authorities the legal right to access foreign citizens' data stored within US borders.

Commenting on the report, European Parliament member Jan Philipp Albrecht insists that "this study is absolutely not about generating panic." 

According to Mr Albrecht, most users don't even know where their data is stored. 

"It's a simple fact that the US data protection law only applies to US citizens." "But there are special laws that target the surveillance of non-US citizens", he added.

"This happens when sensitive data from big companies, like Microsoft, Amazon, Twitter and Facebook, are made available to US authorities for investigations." 

Thilo Weichert, data protection commissioner for the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein is also concerned at the power wielded by the US over EU citizens' data.

Mr Weichert has been following the implications of this development closely for more than two years, while pushing Facebook to allow its users to remain anonymous.

"The long arm of US law stretches as far as Europe," he said.

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Source: DW.de
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EU Mulls Control of Social Sites' Use of Member Data

Bottom Line: European lawmakers are mulling legislation that could restrict social sites such as Facebook and Google from using members' data for advertising purposes


Says the bill's German sponsor, Jan Philipp Albrecht, a member of the European Parliament: "Users must be informed about what happens with their data. And they must be able to consciously agree to data processing - or reject it." Albrecht, a member of the Green Party, this week announced plans to ensure that users of social networks and search engines are able to control ...

[Estimated timeframe: Q1 2013 onward]

... how much, if any, of their data is sold to advertisers.

The legislation, if implemented, could have serious financial repercussions for the web's two social network titans, FaceBook and Google+. Both are expected to vigorously resist any such limitations on their monetisation models. 

Reuters claims to have seen a report produced by Mr Albrecht which adds even sharper teeth to a proposal for more rigorous data protection, as announced by the European Commission in January 2012.

Albrecht and other EU lawmakers want to limit companies' ability to use and sell data, such as internet browsing habits, to advertising companies, especially when people are unaware their data is being used in such a way.

Facebook and Google, who were among the first to profit from users' data, have been lobbying against the curbs. Other data-reliant sectors such as health services, rail and smart-meter makers have also voiced concerns.

The European Parliament, the Commission and the bloc's twenty-seven member nations will seek an agreement on the new rules in coming months.

Says Erika Mann, Facebook's head of EU policy: "We are concerned that some aspects of the report do not support a flourishing European digital single market and the reality of innovation on the internet. The digital market is inescapably global in nature, and includes important partners in the United States."

Ms Mann did not elaborate on the precise implications of her statement.

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Source: Reuters.com
MTT insight URL: http://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=6005



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