Facebook’s algorithms give it more editorial responsibility, not less – Ansgar Koene

16 09 2016

facebookRecent criticism of Facebook for removing a post containing the iconic image of a naked girl during the Vietnam War isn’t the first time it has been accused of censorship. Yet at the same time, it is regularly rebuked for failing to remove quickly enough hateful, illegal or inappropriate material, most recently by the German government. Read the rest of this entry »





Data protection through the lens of competition law: will Germany lead the way? – Inge Graef and Brendan Van Alsenoy

24 03 2016

germany-1177268_1920_fullOn 2 March 2016, the Bundeskartellamt, the German competition authority announced its decision to initiate proceedings against Facebook on suspicion that the social network provider had abused its dominant position by infringing data protection rules.  This case represents the first attempt by a European competition authority to integrate data protection interests into competition analysis, and raises interesting questions about the interface between these two areas of law. 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 »





Why EU authorities are taking a closer look at Facebook’s privacy practices – Brendan Van Alsenoy and Valerie Verdoodt

5 06 2015

FacebookIn November last year, Facebook announced it would be updating its policies and terms. Changes were going to be made to the company’s data policy, cookies policy and terms of service. The revised policies and terms came into effect on January 30th, 2015. Read the rest of this entry »





Facebook misused private information of convicted sex offender in not removing threatening posts containing his personal information, despite not receiving their web addresses – Alison Knight

21 04 2015

keys-264596__180The High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland recently held that Facebook Ireland misused the private information of a convicted sex offender posted on a Facebook page. This is an interesting little case as it deals with the issue of adequate notice in respect of web-hosting immunity available under the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002 (“the 2002 Regulations”). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Northern Ireland: CG v Facebook Ireland, Harassment of Sex offenders and a Facebook injunction – Lorna Skinner

3 03 2015

Keeping Kids SafeIn CG v. Facebook Ireland Ltd and Joseph McCloskey ([2015] NIQB 11) a convicted sex offender was awarded £20,000 for misuse of private information and harassment claims brought in respect of a Facebook page designed to identify and track the whereabouts of sex offenders.  An injunction was granted against Facebook. Read the rest of this entry »