Press urges Britain to ‘Keep calm and blame Europe’ – John Jewell

9 02 2016

Sun Dad's ArmyThe latest polls are telling us that the British public are moving in droves to the Brexit camp: YouGov has found that 45% would vote to leave the EU against 36% who would vote to stay while 19% declared themselves as “don’t knows”. As The (eurosceptic) Times put it: “Excluding the ‘don’t knows’, this means 56% want to leave while 44% want to remain.” Read the rest of this entry »

Media and Information Cases before the Appellate and European Courts in 2016 [Updated3]

7 01 2016

2016There are a number of interesting cases in the field of media and information law to look forward to in 2016.  We list below the ones which have been drawn to our attention.  Please let us know if there are any further cases which should be added. Read the rest of this entry »

Investigatory Powers Bill, Bulk Personal Datasets and the ‘Spectre’ of Pervasive Surveillance – Alison Knight

30 12 2015

man-1071773__180Much has been written about the UK government’s proposed new Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB) since it was published for consultation by the Home Office, and formally presented to Parliament, early last month. Read the rest of this entry »

Final Draft of Europe’s “Right to be Forgotten” Law – Daphne Keller

20 12 2015

data-protectionThe probably-really-almost-totally final 2016 General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is here!  Lawyers around the world have been hunkered down, analyzing its 200-plus pages. In the “Right to Be Forgotten” (RTBF) provisions, not much has changed from prior drafts. The law still sets out a notice and takedown process that strongly encourages Internet intermediaries to delete challenged content, even if the challenge is legally groundless. Read the rest of this entry »

News: EU agrees final text of General Data Protection Regulation

19 12 2015

Data Protection ReformOn 15 December 2015 it was announced that the EU Council, Commission and Parliament had finally agreed the text of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) [pdf]. Read the rest of this entry »

Intermediaries and Free Expression Under the GDPR, in Summary – Daphne Keller

10 12 2015

data_protection (1)Europe’s pending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) threatens free expression and access to information on the Internet.  The threat comes from erasure requirements that work in ways the drafters may not have intended — and that are not necessary to achieve the Regulation’s data protection purposes. Read the rest of this entry »

Free Expression Gaps in the General Data Protection Regulation – Daphne Keller

6 12 2015

personal dataThis is one of a series of posts about the pending EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and its consequences for intermediaries and user speech online. In an earlier introduction and FAQ, I discussed the GDPR’s impact on both data protection law and Internet intermediary liability law. Developments culminating in the GDPR have put these two very different fields on a collision course – but they lack a common vocabulary and are in many cases animated by different goals.  Laws addressing concerns in either field without consideration for the concerns of the other can do real harm to users’ rights to privacy, freedom of expression, and freedom to access information online. Read the rest of this entry »


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