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Month: September 2013 (Page 1 of 3)

“Constitute”: the new website digitizing the world’s constitutions

constituteGoogle Ideas has supported the Comparative Constitutions Project to build a new website, Constitute.  This is a new site that digitizes and makes searchable the world’s constitutions. Constitute enables readers to browse and search constitutions via curated and tagged topics, as well as by country and year. The Comparative Constitutions Project has cataloged and tagged nearly 350 themes. Continue reading

Law and Media Round Up – 30 September 2013

Media and Law RoundupThis the first round up of the new legal term for what is likely to be a busy autumn.  The first major developments are likely to concern the Leveson process – with the new President of the Queen’s Bench Division giving evidence to the Culture Media and Sport Committee the week after next. We like to keep readers up to date will all developments in the legal and media field. Please let us know about any judgments, forthcoming cases or events. We can be contacted at Continue reading

Inforrm: End of the Summer Break

Wordle: UntitledThe long Inforrm summer break ends today.  With the new legal term beginning on 1 October we are resuming our regular weekly round ups and “term time” posting.  There are a number of developments to look forward to this autumn – with several libel trials and important appeals due to be heard.  On the media regulation front, it seems likely that the Cross-Party Royal Charter will be sealed by the Privy Council very shortly – perhaps as early as the 9 October 2013.  And the following day Lord Justice Leveson will be giving evidence to the House of Commons Culture Media and Sport Committee. Continue reading

Austria: Reminder, social media does not exist in a legal vacuum – Axel Anderl and Andreas Seling

Social MediaThe rise of social media in recent years has had a significant impact on people’s private lives. For instance, approximately every seventh citizen worldwide is a member of Facebook, the most well-known social media site. Other prominent social media platforms include Twitter and YouTube. These so-called ‘Web 2.0’ services have one thing in common – users themselves make content available and distribute it via the (almost unlimited) medium of the Internet. Continue reading

Privacy: Asking the wrong question – Raymond Wacks

Privacy and Media FreedomArticle 8 of the ECHR is the tottering mast upon which the banner of privacy now flutters. From  a legal standpoint, its scope is excruciatingly voluminous: the protection of the ‘right to respect for … private and family life, [and] … home’ plainly opens the door to an alarming range of activities. And the European Court has construed the article to include, inter alia, ‘physical and psychological integrity,’ protection of one’s environment, identity, and personal autonomy. Continue reading

Case Law: Fairstar Heavy Transport NV v Adkins – Employer entitled to former employee’s business emails

Mr AdkinsAn employer is entitled to an order that a former employee give it access to the content of emails relating to its business affairs held on his personal computer. In Fairstar Heavy Transport NV v Adkins ([2013] EWCA Civ 886) allowed the claimant’s appeal and held that it was entitled to copies of the emails.  The question as to whether the claimant had any proprietary right in the content of the emails did not, on proper analysis, need to be decided. Continue reading

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