EU High Court Overturns Telecom Data Retention Requirements

The Court of Justice of the European Union, the highest court in the EU, declared the EU’s 2006 Data Retention Directive invalid in a judgment issued on April 8, 2014. The directive, which has been implemented via national legislation by most EU member states, requires telecommunications and Internet providers to collect and retain traffic and location data regarding users’ calls and Internet activity for up to two years in order to assist law enforcement in the prevention of “serious crime” (such as organized crime and terrorism). The Court of Justice, however, determined that the directive interferes with European citizens’ fundamental rights to privacy.
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Virtual Sweat Shops

Posted by Lance Koonce

Although a bit far afield from your typical privacy and security issues, this blog continues to track the evolution of massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) and in particular the startlingly real economies that have developed within and around them, because we believe that in some cases these virtual communities are test beds for next-generation security issues. Some of those issues have already reared their head in the MMORPG worlds; see our previous entries here and here.

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