Privacy and Data Sharing Implications of E-government: An Analysis of the PIU Report

Last April the Performance and Innovation Unit, one of Whitehall’s most influential bodies, produced a report entitled “Privacy and data-sharing, the way forward for public services” (PIU report). The report took two years to write and its aim was to provide a ‘new strategic approach’ to the use of personal data held by the public sector. But there are some significant limitations in the report, not least poor analysis of the legal issues. Sarah Williams of Masons feels that questions remain about how the exchange of information can be justified and what the implications for privacy rights will be….

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The Conversion of Sex.com

What may turn out to be a milestone in legal thinking about the Internet is currently awaiting decision by the California Supreme Court. It concerns the rights to “sex.com”, the domain name for a Web site offering links to a variety of sex-related online services. David Marchese explains the background to the case, which is not unsurprisingly murky. He feels that it is the ingenuity of those involved in the case that raises wider issues about how the information society and the law interact….

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