Weekly Briefing – 23/04/12

Despite the pre-election purdah there are a number of updates this week, including, as reported only yesterday in the Sunday Times, hints of what may be in the Communications Bill Green Paper due to be published in the upcoming months. 

Today Consumer International has released the IP Watchlist 2012. Further details are below and we’ve made some comments on the survey which can be seen on our website

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International copyright survey finds UK bottom three in IP issues
Monday 23rd April 2012
The IP Watchlist, an annual global survey which reveals which countries consider consumers’ needs best when designing their Intellectual Property laws and enforcement practices, has found the UK in the survey’s bottom three for the fourth successive year. Coadec, Consumer Focus, ORG, LACA and the CILIP have called for recommendations from the Hargreaves Review to be implemented without delay.

Further details can be found on the Coadec website.


ISPs to be required to provide option for filtering ‘adult material’
Sunday 22nd April 2012
Following the publication of Claire Perry’s report looking into ‘Online Child Protection’ which called for default blocking and an opt-in system to access ‘adult material’, the Sunday Times reports that a policy to force ISPs to provide an ‘adult material filter’ option is likely to be included in the Communications Green Paper.

The Sunday Times article can be viewed online,with a subscription.
Claire Perry’s report can be read on her website.


The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise winners named
Saturday 21st April 2012
The winners of the 2012 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise have been named and include technology companies including Linn and Shazam. The awards are made annually by HM The Queen and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category.

Further details on the awards can be viewed on the Government’s News Distribution website.


ICO guidance will be available before the Cookie Law deadline
Friday 20th April 2012
The ISBA reports that the Information Commissioner’s Office, speaking at ISBA’s Cookie Law Compliance Briefing, confirmed that “additional, practical guidance on some of the issues will be available for the deadline”.

The ISBA reports on the statement on their website.


EU Commission Vice-President calls for removal of ‘digital handcuffs’ on innovation
Thursday 19th April 2012
Neelie Kroes, speaking at the World Wide Web conference on Thursday argued the importance of openness on the web. As well as arguing a rigid approach puts artifical limits on innovation and discovery, Kroes highlighted her commitment to ensuring “no disconnect” in countries struggling for democracy.

Kroes’ speech can be read in full on her website.

 reports on Kroes’ comments.


Attorney General warns of excessive regulation of the Internet
Thursday 19th April 2012
Following a report published last month by the Privacy and Injunction Committee which called for search engines to proactively screen content, Attorney General Dominic Grieve MP has warned against ‘excessive regulation’ of the Internet. In speaking to the Guardian Grieve commented that social networks must act responsibly but that excessive regulation could post a threat to civil liberties.

The Guardian article can be viewed online.
Coadec’s blog on the Privacy and Injunction Committee report can be viewed on our website.


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