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 »





Will the Right to be Forgotten be just a Memory? – Ellis Schindler

8 07 2016

Screen-Shot-2016-07-04-at-13.57.50-300x135Following the recent EU referendum results, there will be any number of consequences facing the UK over the next few years as the Brexit looms. Not least is the mass of laws and regulations handed down to us by the EU that will need to be reviewed and adjusted accordingly. Read the rest of this entry »





Ireland: Damages for infringement of data protection rights – Eoin O’Dell

5 07 2016

Screen-Shot-2016-07-01-at-11.32.01At the Irish Centre for European Law’s Privacy and Data Protection Conference on 1 July 2016 (programme pdf) in the Royal Irish Academy, many interesting themes were explored. I want in this post to pick up on one of them, relating to damages for infringement of data protection rights. Read the rest of this entry »





Brexit and the Future of Data Protection – Anya Proops QC

1 07 2016

data_protection (1)So a week on from the Brexit referendum and it is clear that that there is no clear, carefully thought out strategy for extricating ourselves from the EU legal edifice. If you feel that this ‘make it up as we go along’ approach to the biggest legal and political challenge which our country has faced in decades is somewhat less than satisfactory, you will be pleased to learn you are not alone. Read the rest of this entry »





News: ICO issues Annual Report, 2016-2016: More than 20,000 complaints and over £2m in monetary penalties

29 06 2016

ico_blue_flex_logoThe Information Commissioner’s Office has released its annual report for 2015-2016.  This is is Christoper Graham’s last annual report after 7 years in office. Mr Graham said that there had been a year of “real achievement”. He said “We have delivered on our objectives, responding to new challenges, and preparing for big changes, particularly in the data protection and privacy field.” Read the rest of this entry »





Analysis shows extent of press bias towards Brexit – David Deacon, Dominic Wring, Emily Harmer, James Stanyer, and John Downey

17 06 2016

image-20160616-15082-rmgg5jThe Sun’s declaration of support for the Leave campaign in the EU referendum might seem entirely predictable. After all, the paper has been at the forefront of EU-bashing for decades, most memorably in its “Up Yours Delors” headline from 1990 when it stated its forthright views on proposals for a European Currency Unit. Read the rest of this entry »








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