Private Power Online: how does EU law fare? – Dr Angela Daly

28 01 2017

angela-dalyMy new book Private Power, Online Information Flows and EU Law: Mind the Gap has recently been published by Hart, and will be launched on Tuesday 31 January with Chris Marsden (Sussex) and Orla Lynskey (LSE). More info about the launch and RSVP via this link. 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 »





Data retention and national law: the ECJ ruling in Joined Cases C-203/15 and C-698/15 Tele2 and Watson (Grand Chamber)

27 12 2016

tele2The 21 December 2016 judgment in these important cases concerns the acceptability from a human rights perspective of national data retention legislation maintained even after the striking down of the Data Retention Directive in Digital Rights Ireland (Case C-293/12 and 594/12) (“DRI”) for being a disproportionate interference with the rights contained in Articles 7 and 8 EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (EUCFR).  Read the rest of this entry »





We need European regulation of Facebook and Google – Leighton Andrews

23 12 2016

google-and-facebookOver the weekend, Facebook sent me a link to a video they had made of my activity on their site over the last year. To my mind, that was more proof, if any were needed, that Facebook is a media company, despite all its protestations. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, CJEU, Tele Sverige/Watson: Who sees you when you’re sleeping? Who knows when you’re awake? – Angela Patrick

21 12 2016

hacking-1685092_960_720In an early holiday delivery, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) today handed down its judgment in the joined cases of Tele Sverige/Watson & Ors (C-203/15/C-698/15), this morning. Read the rest of this entry »





The post-Brexit challenges for European media systems – Damian Tambini

29 11 2016

european-commission-building-flagsSince the Brexit vote, EU media policy has a new sense of urgency. It remains to be seen if member states will be more prepared to deepen media policy convergence in an attempt to protect fundamental values and rights, but last week DG Justice held a joint colloquium with DG CONNECT, discussing current challenges to media pluralism and media freedom. This is an extract from Damian Tambini’s Keynote speech to the colloquium. Read the rest of this entry »





Global Right to be Forgotten: Delisting, why CNIL is wrong – Daphne Keller

22 11 2016

cnil-googleThe French Data Protection Agency, CNIL, is currently before a French court, arguing that Google needs to do more to comply with “Right to Be Forgotten” or “Right to Be Delisted” (RTBD) laws. The EU’s highest court, the CJEU, defined the search engine’s obligations in the 2014 Google Spain v. Costeja case, ruling that Google must comply with requests to remove links from the results it displays when people search for the requester by name. Read the rest of this entry »