(Un)Safe Harbour: Stop! Or the Court of Justice will shoot – Diana Dimitrova

9 10 2015

safe-harbourIn the following post, Diana Dimitrova of the KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law, discusses the implications of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (ECJ) ruling that the Safe Harbour scheme is invalid, and looks at the powers of national supervisory authorities in ensuring compliance with the rights to privacy and data protection. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law, CJEU: Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner, Key Aspects of the Judgment – Lorna Woods

7 10 2015

FacebookOn 6 October 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) declared that the Safe Harbour agreement which allowed the movement of digital data between the EU and the US was invalid. The Court was ruling in a case brought by Max Schrems, an Austrian student and privacy campaigner who, in the wake of the Snowden revelations of mass surveillance, contested the fact that data about Europeans and others was being stored in the US by tech companies such as Facebook. Professor Lorna Woods of the University of Essex explains some key aspects of the judgment. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Note: Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner, The beginning of the end for safe harbour? – Lorna Woods

26 09 2015

schremsThe Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has delivered his non-binding legal opinion in Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner, a case brought by an Austrian citizen against the Irish Data Protection Commissioner concerning the transfer of Facebook data to US servers.  Professor Lorna Woods, University of Essex, reports and comments on the opinion – and its potential implications. Read the rest of this entry »

Google Spain: French data protection authority rejects Google appeal

23 09 2015

cnil-googleThe French data protection authority, the CNIL, has dismissed an internal administrative appeal by Google Inc against its ruling that the decision in Google Spain requires delisting on all versions of the search engine, including google.com. Read the rest of this entry »

Internet intermediaries: How are you? What do you do? What the European Commission has to say – Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

16 09 2015

EU_Commission_buildingWhile waiting to discuss with representatives of the European Commission at the first iCLIC Conference this week the implications of its Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe – as well as waiting for the issuing of the Commission’s forthcoming ‘public consultation on the regulatory environment for platforms, online intermediaries, data and cloud computing and the collaborative economy’ about to be published (already leaked by Politico here) – it is worth asking the question again ‘what is an Internet intermediary?’ Or, to use the language of the Commission, ‘what is an “Intermediary Service Provider” (abbreviated ‘ISP’)?’ Read the rest of this entry »

Privacy watchdog takes first step against those undermining right to be forgotten – Eerke Boiten

2 09 2015

s560x316_Right_to_be_forgottenThe UK’s data privacy watchdog has waded into the debate over the enforcement of the right to be forgotten in Europe. The Information Commissioner’s Office issued a notice to Google to remove from its search results newspaper articles that discussed details from older articles that had themselves been subject to a successful right to be forgotten request. Read the rest of this entry »

News: ICO issues enforcement notice against Google to delist search results

24 08 2015

GoogleOn 18 August 2015, the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) issued an enforcement notice under section 40 of the Data Protection Act 1998 requiring Google Inc to remove nine links to web pages that include details of a minor criminal offence committed by the anonymised complainant nearly 10 years ago. Read the rest of this entry »


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