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Summary: The U.K. Court of Appeal Ruling and What’s Next for the Investigatory Powers Act

The U.K. Court of Appeal has held that Section 1 of an expired state surveillance law, the 2014 Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act, was unlawful as it related to “access to retained data,” or personal data held for criminal justice or public protection purposes.

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Germany’s Bold Gambit to Prevent Online Hate Crimes and Fake News Takes Effect

The German Act to Improve the Enforcement of the Law in Social Networks (known as the Network Enforcement Law or the NetzDG), which targets online hate crimes and false news reports, went into effect on Oct. 1, 2017. Both the justice ministry and social media companies are grappling with the act’s provisions before the law takes full effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

Western Europe

The United Kingdom and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: A Summary of Joint Doctrine Publication 0-30.2

The six-year wait is finally over. On September 12, the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) published its doctrine on best practices for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Joint Doctrine Publication (JDP) 0-30.2, Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

Western Europe

Happy German Election Day: What to Expect as the EU’s Dominant Power Goes to the Polls

German voters go to the polls Sunday in an election well worth close American attention. As with the French election in the spring and the British snap election in June, the German federal electorate is wrestling with the pull of a right-wing party in the face of mass migration and sweeping security threats.

Western Europe

Theresa May Not: Exit Polls Predict Hung Parliament

The exit polls for today’s United Kingdom snap general election are out and they predict that the Conservative party has lost 17 seats in the House of Commons, bringing them to 314. If the polls are correct, this means that the Conservatives have lost their majority in Parliament. Polls further predict that Labour won 34 additional seats and the Liberal Democrats (Lib Dems) have gained 6.

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