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 »





Case Law, CJEU: Breyer v Germany, Dynamic IP addresses will (very?) often be personal data and German Law is too restrictive – Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

30 10 2016

breyer-636x310In the case of C‑582/14 Breyer v Bundesrepublik Deutschland  the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has delivered another landmark judgment concerning the proper characterisation of IP addresses and the compatibility of German national law with Article 7(f) of the Data Protection Directive (DPD). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, CJEU: VKI v Amazon, Which data protection and consumer law applies to Amazon? – Lorna Woods

24 08 2016

amazonThe recent CJEU judgment in VKI v Amazon (C-191/15) concerns jurisdiction both in the context of conflict of laws (applicable consumer laws) and the Data Protection Directive. Essentially, the Court of Justice had to decide which Member State’s data protection law should apply where goods are sold across national borders but within the EU. In this, it forms part of a stream of case law (both decided and pending), dealing with the powers of states (and their institutions) to protect those within their boundaries notwithstanding the digital internal market. Read the rest of this entry »





Poppies, patriots and pro-Brexit propaganda: Revisiting the myths of Britain’s past – Julian Petley

18 08 2016

VerdunThis year marks the anniversary of the Battle of Verdun, which raged from 21 February to 18 December 1916. By the end of this terrible struggle, one of the longest and bloodiest battles of the First world war, some 143,000 German and 162,000 French soldiers had been killed. Read the rest of this entry »





Human Rights and National Data Retention Law: the Opinion in Tele 2 and Watson – Lorna Woods

22 07 2016

tele2The Advocate-General’s opinion of 19 July 2016 concerns two references from national courts which both arose in the aftermath of the invalidation of the Data Retention Directive (Directive 2006/24) in Digital Rights Ireland dealing with whether the retention of communications data en masse complies with EU law.  Read the rest of this entry »





Brexit and the Media: A Fair Fight? – Damian Tambini

13 07 2016

SunA predictable ‘blame the media’ theme has surfaced following the Brexit vote. This has taken two forms that seem to contradict one another. On one hand, the vote to leave is seen by Natalie Fenton and others as a result of a classic newspaper-led campaign of propaganda, involving covert reciprocities between key personalities, unchallenged by the BBC which took the easy option of ‘balancing’ all opinions in mechanical impartiality, rather than serving the search for truth. Read the rest of this entry »