The right be forgotten roadshow and the power of Google – Paul Bernal

21 09 2014

igooglemagesI read with interest Professor Luciano Floridi’s report from the first two legs of what the Guardian described as ‘Google’s privacy ethics tour of Europe’. Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the Oxford Internet Institute, and one of the experts appointed by Google to its ‘Advisory Council’ on the right to be forgotten. Read the rest of this entry »





Wikipedia and the Right to be Forgotten… or why Jimmy Wales might want to support a right to delete – Paul Bernal

27 08 2014

Jimmy WalesOne of the more strident critics of the Google Spain ruling by the ECJ, bringing into action at least a form of the much derided ‘right to be forgotten’, has been Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia. Read the rest of this entry »





A right to delete – not a right to be forgotten… Paul Bernal

8 08 2014

delete-buttonOne of the many things people are getting angry about the ‘right to be forgotten’ is in the name… something that I’ve been banging on about for some years. I talk about the right quite a lot in my book Internet Privacy Rights… so I thought I’d just give a quick flavour of it. Here are a couple of paragraphs from Chapter 7: Read the rest of this entry »





Facebook, Google and the little people… Paul Bernal

11 07 2014

Facebook logo reflected in eyeigooglemagesThe last week has emphasised the sheer power and influence of the internet giants – Facebook and Google in particular. Read the rest of this entry »





Are Google intentionally overreacting to the Right to be Forgotten? – Paul Bernal

4 07 2014

s560x316_Right_to_be_forgottenIn one of my original reactions to the Google Spain ruling on the Right to be Forgotten, which I wrote for The Justice Gap, I said that Google’s response to the ruling was going to be very interesting: 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 »





Privacy isn’t selfish … Paul Bernal

31 01 2014

privacyThe importance of privacy is often downplayed. It sometimes seems as though privacy is viewed as something bad, something inherently selfish, something that ‘good’ people don’t need or really want – or at the very least are willing to sacrifice for the greater good. To me, that displays a fundamental misunderstanding of privacy and of the role it plays in society. Read the rest of this entry »








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