Data Retention Not Feasible, Says Privacy Commissioner

The Federal Government’s plans for a new data retention law presents legal difficulties, according to Dieter Kugelmann, Privacy Commissioner of Germany’s Federal Province Rhineland-Palatinate. In the form currently discussed, data retention is not feasible, Kugelmann said, pointing out that both European and German jurisdictions leave no room for data retention.
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German Regulatory Standards Board to Examine Impact of Blanket Data Retention

eco will get another chance to express, at the very highest level, criticism of the re-introduction of Blanket Data Retention: The National Regulatory Standards Board (Normenkontrollrat - NKR) has convened an expert discussion on the economic impact of the planned regulation. At the end of July, representatives of industry and the associations have the opportunity to present to the committee what exactly the individual provisions and the security conditions will mean for the affected companies. Continue reading


Report: 53rd ICANN Meeting

IANA and the Administration of the Internet determine the continuing discussion in Buenos Aires

The focus of the 53rd ICANN conference, which took place from 22-25 June in Buenos Aires, was again the discussion on the “IANA Stewardship Transition”.

Since the USA announced in March 2014 their intention to relinquish their supervisory function over the registration of domain names in the global root server, the world-wide ICANN community has been developing a succession model for the organization and supervision of the IANA function. Together with the German Federal Government and other German stakeholders, eco developed a position paper and brought this into the global discussion.

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Youth Media Protection Contract: eco Criticizes Planned Regulation on Age Rating Symbols

eco is critical of the draft for a new Youth Media Protection Contract introduced in mid-May of this year, as was communicated in a position statement on 24 June. The main point of criticism is the unclear regulation on the provision of a possibility for age classification of content. According to the draft, providers that commercially store third-party information for users (for example, User-Generated Content platforms, UGC) should in future offer a technical possibility for age. Here, it remains unclear whether this regulation would only apply to platform providers or also to classic Hosting providers. Continue reading