BBC and the European Scrutiny Committee: Scrutinising the Scrutineers, Part 1 – Julian Petley

17 04 2015

EU CommissionThe European Scrutiny Committee has locked horns with the BBC, repeatedly accusing it of a pro-EU bias. Is the corporation’s editorial independence under threat?  Read the rest of this entry »





Court of Appeal upholds landmark judgement against Google arising from its exploitation of Apple’s Safari web-browser privacy settings – Alison Knight

10 04 2015

screen-310714__1803In March 2015, the English Court of Appeal ruled that three individuals may bring claims against Google for misuse of their private information and breach of the UK’s Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). Although this decision only arose because of the need to serve a claim form in the US outside English jurisdiction, it addresses a considerable number of contentious questions surrounding online behavioural advertising and the scope of UK data protection rules and other areas of English law related to the protection of online users’ privacy interests. Read the rest of this entry »





Google: a data controller as well as an intermediary service provider? Does this make sense? Who cares? – Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

5 04 2015

GoogleSo everyone knows it, Google is polymorphous. It has experienced many different forms: mere facilitator, publisher, hosting provider, caching provider… The latest legal label stuck on its mutant forehead is that of “data controller” and this has been done quite “noisily” by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in its Google Spain “Costeja” judgment of 13 May 2014 (at least by listening to the numerous reactions that this judgement has triggered). Read the rest of this entry »





Conference: EU Internet Regulation After Google Spain

6 03 2015

cels-logo-conf-27-marchA one day conference on “EU Internet Regulation after Google Spain” is being held at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law on 27 March 2015. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Mosley v Google Inc, Data Protection claim against Google to go to trial – Lorna Skinner

23 01 2015

google-logoOn 15 January 2015 Mr Justice Mitting gave judgment in only the second English data protection case against Google after the decision in Google Spain.  In Mosley v. Google ([2015] EWHC 59 (QB)), the Court dismissed an application brought by Google to strike out a claim brought by Mr Mosley under sections 10, 13 and 14 of the Data Protection Act 1998, holding at [55] that it was “a viable claim which raises questions of general public interest, which ought to proceed to trial”. Read the rest of this entry »





Internet legal developments to look out for in 2015 – Graham Smith

8 01 2015

internetHere are some EU and UK internet legal developments to look out for in 2015 (last year’s list here).  I have also provided a list of Cyberlaw Memes and Themes for 2015. Read the rest of this entry »





The “Forgotten Terrorists”, another piece of nonsense on the Times front page – Evan Harris

13 11 2014

TimesThe main headline on the front page of yesterday’s Times tells us that “Terrorists are exploiting the ‘right to be forgotten’”. It is a striking headline and, like the Times’ front page story three weeks ago about the police using a “loophole to hack phones”, it is total nonsense. Read the rest of this entry »








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