France’s highest administrative court urged to make a reference for a preliminary ruling in relation to right to be forgotten requests – Mathilde Groppo

9 02 2017

conseiletatIn May 2016, Google was reported to have unsuccessfully appealed against the French highest administrative court, the Conseil d’Etat, over a ruling that the decision in Google Spain requires delisting on all versions of the search engine, including google.com. A new episode of the battle over the interpretation of right to be forgotten requests is now taking place between data subjects and the French Data Protection Authority, CNIL. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Prince Moulay v Elaph Publishing, Moroccan Prince wins libel and data protection appeal against Arabic news publisher – Simon Brown

7 02 2017

230px-prince_moulay_hichamPrince Moulay Hicham Ben Abdallah Al Alouai of Morocco (‘the Prince’) has won an appeal against Elaph Publishing Limited (‘Elaph’) that now allows him to advance a claim under the Data Protection Act 1998 (‘DPA’) and also overturned a previous ruling that the words published were not capable of being defamatory. Read the rest of this entry »





CJEU Advocate General Opines on the ‘Legitimate Interest’ Concept – Alison Knight

5 02 2017

16-08-31-skoda_24tr_irisbus_riga-rr2_4520I’ve previously written (here) about the concept of legitimate interest under data protection law and how it has captured the attention of data protection agencies, as well as the EU institutions in informing the relevant provisions under the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to apply from May 2018. Read the rest of this entry »





Spent Convictions in the law of Privacy and Data Protection: Part Two – Aidan Wills

3 02 2017

rehabIn Part 1 of this post I looked at “spent convictions” in the context of the law of privacy. The other important legal perspective on such convictions is that of the law of data protection. Read the rest of this entry »





Spent convictions in the law of Privacy and Data Protection: Part One – Aidan Wills

2 02 2017

spent-convictionsReferences to individuals’ criminal histories are commonplace in news reporting, works of non-fiction and on social media. Unwittingly or otherwise, this may include details of spent convictions and the conduct which gave rise to them. Read the rest of this entry »





When is Facebook liable for illegal content under the E-commerce Directive? CG v. Facebook in the Northern Ireland courts – Lorna Woods

28 01 2017

facebookThe ubiquity of social media platforms and their significance in disseminating information (true or false) to potentially wide groups of people was highly unlikely to have been in the minds of the European legislators when they agreed, in 2000, the e-Commerce Directive (Directive 2000/31/EC) (ECD). Read the rest of this entry »





Internet legal developments to look out for in 2017 – Graham Smith

22 01 2017

internetA preview of some of the UK internet legal developments that we can expect in 2017. Any proposed EU legislation will be subject to Brexit considerations and so may never happen in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »