EU Commissioner, Viviane Reding Speaks on Data Protection at Digital Enlightenment Forum
EU Comisssioner Viviane Reding spoke at the Digital Enightenment Forum in Luxembourg on the importance of "Forging a high level of data protection for Europe in the brave new digital world".
Commissioner Reding began by detailing the background to the data protection debate, stating The world has changed profoundly since 1995 – the year the existing EU data protection framework was adopted. We now live in a world of immense communication possibilities. We can update our friends and family on our every move and real time. We have access to an infinite pool of knowledge through highly refined search engines and we can entrust our private data to a cloud service provider without ever having to worry about storage space.
She continued, Our current data protection rules already contain solid data protection principles. But they were drawn up in 1990 and adopted in 1995, when only 1% of the EU population was using the Internet. In 1995 a 28.8 Kilobytes per second modem cost more than 500 euros, Amazon and eBay were still being launched and the founder of Facebook was only 11 years old! It would still be 3 years before the arrival of Google and other household names. But gone are the days of mobile phones the size of bricks and punched card computer programming! Today, just as your computing operating systems and smartphones need regular updates to take new technological developments into account, our data protection rules also needed to be modernised. So we are updating our rules to ensure that they continue to protect individuals in this brave new digital world.
- The full speech can be read here.
ALAMY sponsors Private Jet Photograhpy Awards
Judging panel includes Alan Capel, Head of Content at Alamy, and other leading names from the world of aviation and travel photography. Read more
Eye on history
The Granger Collection Features the Evolution of Print and More. Read more
Spain and private copy levies
GESAC is lodging a complaint against Spanish law on private copying for not complying with EU law. Read more
epa european pressphoto agency celebrates ten years of global coverage
On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of epa european pressphoto agency b.v. beginning its global operation, a collection of the most outstanding epa images spanning the past decade has been compiled as a slide show, also available as an e-book, the agency announced in Frankfurt today. Read more
Bridgeman representing Mary Fedden and Julian Trevelyan for Copyright Licensing
The Bridgeman Art Library is delighted to be appointed by the Estate of Mary Fedden, OBE and Julian Trevelyan, RA to administer and license the copyright in the artwork of both artists. Read more
Picturing the Great War
Mary Evans Picture Library launches a First World War blog. Read more
Commission seeks feedback on Google's commitments to address competition concerns
Antitrust: The European Commission invites comments from interested parties on commitments offered by Google in relation to online search and search advertising. Read more
New stock photo agency for the creative industry launched by Zoomy Images
Zoomy Images LLC, an on-line image and audio provider for the creative industry, has launched its service today through its web site, www.zoomyimages.com. Zoomy Images is a Los Angeles-based, on-line stock photo agency serving the creative market's demand for stock imagery and audio files. Read more
New BVPA board elected
Constructive interaction in difficult economic times. Read more
LCC: New rights model to improve legal access to online content
Unique industry collaboration launches new rights model to improve legal access to online content Read more