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ILAWS joins European discussions on cyber security

Published: 7 June 2013

ILAWS’s legal expertise has contributed to discussions at a Council of Europe meeting on cross border access to data by law enforcement.

Southampton Law School Lecturer on Cyber Security Law Micheál O’ Floinn intervened at a hearing in June 2013 on issues relating to data protection and privacy, meanings of consent, classifications of data and the international law implications of the proposals.

The meeting was attended by companies such as Google, Microsoft, Paypal, Symantec and Leaseweb, as well as delegates from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), countries that have ratified the Convention on Cybercrime, and other observer countries.

An ad-hoc sub-group of the Council’s Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY) was established in 2011 to consider legal issues around the access to data across national borders and to suggest new methods of regulation. Its initial report was adopted by the T-CY in December 2012, and discussions to introduce a further Protocol to the Convention are ongoing.

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