Polls: 69% support right to internet, but 60% think Facebook should monitor private messages

10 12 2014

internetAccording to a recent YouGov opinion poll, 69% of the public believe that there is a right to internet access.

The same poll,  asked questions about “net neutrality”.  Although only 18% of respondents were familiar with the term, however, in response to the question: Read the rest of this entry »





Google, Data Protection and de-indexing: the misconceived attempt to exempt Google.com

23 10 2014

GoogleGoogle has recently confirmed that it is refusing to extend its “de-indexing” procedures following the Google Spain decision to Google.com.  This position is legally indefensible and is likely to be challenged in an EU court in the near future. Read the rest of this entry »





It came from CyberSpace: Defamation Law and the Internet – Judith Gibson

26 09 2014

gazetteIn an important new paper, the New South Wales District Court’s Defamation List Judge Judith Gibson looks at the case law on defamation and the internet, from both the plaintiff and defendant points of view.  The paper was given at the NSW State Legal Conference on Thursday 28 August 2014. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Luxembourg: Papasavvas, Civil liability for Internet publishing: the CJEU clarifies the law – Lorna Woods

16 09 2014

LUXEMBOURG : Institutions Europeennes + VilleThe CJEU judgment in Papasavvas handed down on 11 September 2014 is the most recent in a line of cases seeking to trace the edges of the concept of ‘intermediary’ for the purposes of EU information technology law, a question that has become rather more problematic than when the eCommerce Directive was first drafted in 2000. Read the rest of this entry »





New Book: “Big Media and Internet Titans: Media Ownership – the Democratic Challenge” edited by Granville Williams

6 06 2014

bigmediacoverThe central argument in a new book, Big Media and Internet Titans is that media pluralism must be put back on the political agenda.  The book has been published by the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom.

“We identify key policy issues,” said the book’s editor, Granville Williams, “and argue that  governments need to recognise that unless there are clear rules and limits on media ownership, democracy suffers. The Leveson Inquiry demonstrated this unequivocally.” Read the rest of this entry »





A right to be forgotten? EU Court sets worrying precedent for free speech – Gabrielle Guillemin

17 05 2014

Google and SpeakingOn 13 May 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down its much-awaited decision in Google Spain SL, Google Inc. v Agencia Española de Protección de Datos, Mario Costeja González. The Court held that a search engine operator is responsible for the processing of personal data which appear on web pages published by third parties. Read the rest of this entry »





Book: Internet Privacy Rights: Rights to Protect Autonomy – Paul Bernal

5 04 2014

Internet Privacy RightsMy first book, Internet Privacy Rights – Rights to Protect Autonomy – has just been published, in the Cambridge University Press series ‘Cambridge Intellectual Property and Information Law’. It is an academic book, and written from the perspective of a legal academic, but it is intended as something that contributes to a debate far beyond the ivory towers of academe, and in fields beyond that of law. It is also written, I hope, in a form that should make it accessible to people other than academics, and in particular other than lawyers. Read the rest of this entry »








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