Case Law, Australia: Heather Reid v Stan Dukic, $180,000 damages for nine Facebook posts – Yvonne Kux

7 12 2016

gazetteIn the case of Reid v Dukic [2016] ACTSC 344, a man who posted a series of Facebook posts defaming the chief executive of a Canberra football organisation has been ordered to pay her damages of $180,000. Read the rest of this entry »





Three ways Facebook could reduce fake news without resorting to censorship – Jennifer Stromer-Galley,

4 12 2016

p6fq8vxn-1480617685The public gets a lot of its news and information from Facebook. Some of it is fake. That presents a problem for the site’s users, and for the company itself. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »