Mind the gap: is data protection catching up with Google Search? – David Erdos

23 05 2014

data-protectionThe European Union Data Protection Directive of 1995 has always had lofty, and in many ways implausible, ambitions. As regards the private sector, it seeks to outlaw the input, storage or other processing on computer of any information relating to a living individual “data subject” (irrespective of whether the information is innocuous and/or widely available in the public domain) unless in each and every case that processing complies with a set of provisions put in place to ensure the protection of “the fundamental rights and freedoms of natural persons, and in particular their right to privacy” (Art. 1 (1)). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Brosa v Germany, Injunction banning political leaflet violated Article 10 – Ronan Ó Fathaigh and Dirk Voorhoof

23 05 2014

3219641In a victory for free expression, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that a court-imposed injunction banning a political activist from distributing leaflets targeting a political candidate violated Article 10 of the European Convention. In Brosa Germany ([2014] ECHR 432) criticised the German courts for refusing to hold that the leaflet was a fair comment on a matter of public interest, as the threshold for proving fair comment was “disproportionately high.” Read the rest of this entry »