Oct
14

A Brief Overview of the EU Electronic Communications Code

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On 17th December 2018, Directive 2018/1972 of the European Parliament and Council establishing the European Electronic Communications Code (the 'EECC') was published and it entered into force on December 20 th 2018. This Directive relates mainly to the protection of end-users in the field of telecommunications law and was designed to improve upon the current protection provided to end-users under the present telecommunications framework.  Directive 2018/1972 provides for a number of changes to the field of telecommunications law. Some of these changes include...
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Oct
09

Cookies: ECJ Confirms Illegality of Pre-ticked Boxes

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The European Court of Justice ('ECJ') has given its preliminary ruling following a request from the German Federal Court of Justice during a case between the Federation of Consumer Organisations ('the Federation') and Planet49 GMBH ('Planet49'), an online gaming company.    The issue concerned the consent of participants in a promotional lottery being organized by Planet49, to: i)     have their personal data transferred to the Planet49's partners and sponsors; ii)    the storage of their information and; iii)  the access of...
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Oct
02

AI’s Responsibility Gap

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An autonomous vehicle is heading into another vehicle with five people inside. It cannot brake in time. The two options are: to do nothing and allow itself to crash into the vehicle or to divert its trajectory and crash into a wall, almost certainly killing the autonomous vehicle's sole occupant. This is the Artificial Intelligence version of the ' Trolley Problem ' - at its core a philosophical/ethical problem tackled from a number of perspectives, not least by a utilitarian approach. This moral question, which was previously a problem which 'merely' troubled the...
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Aug
13

Towards Trustworthy AI: Malta’s Ethical AI Framework Open for Public Consultation

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In a bid to establish Malta as the "Ultimate AI Launchpad," the Malta.AI Taskforce has released a public consultation document on its intended ethical framework for Artificial Intelligence technology. The title of the document is self-explanatory: "Towards Trustworthy AI". This reflects the Maltese government's intentions of establishing a stable ground for the future development of disruptive technologies.Building on its National AI Strategy  [1] the government intends to base the future of Malta's AI development on four objectives: A human-centric approach ...
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Jul
22

New GDPR Guidelines on CCTV Surveillance

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In today's world, video surveillance has become ubiquitous to the point that most people hardly even notice the presence of cameras and in some instances even expect cameras to be in place. Such an attitude towards the use of cameras belies how commonplace they have become and how accustomed we have grown to being constantly under surveillance. Acknowledging this reality, the European Data Protection Board ('EDPB'), which was established just over a year ago with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation ('GDPR'), has recently made available for p...
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