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Month: June 2015 (Page 1 of 4)

A breach of the right to privacy justifies an award of damages for the act of misusing private information ‘per se’, says English High Court in phone-hacking decision – Alison Knight

men-97290__180English privacy law is a slow-evolving story. Most of its principles have developed from case law since the Millennium, yet awards of damages by the courts in compensation for harm suffered as a consequence of privacy infringements (such as for distress and loss of dignity suffered by claimants) have typically been low. Continue reading

Columbia University Launches Online Global Database of Case Law on Freedom of Expression

Screen_Shot_2015-06-18_at_1_12_07_PMColumbia University has launched an online global database of freedom of expression case law and court rulings. The novel platform developed by Columbia Global Freedom of Expression currently includes some 250 rulings from 65 nations and will be updated and expanded with relevant judicial decisions on a weekly basis. The database is available free to the general public. Continue reading

On Delfi v Estonia… Is it time to adopt a good-Samaritan style exemption? – Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

consentThe Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) recently upheld the decision of the First section in the case Delfi v Estonia, which in 2013 found that holding a news portal liable for the third-party comments posted on its Internet news portal did not amount to a violation of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Given that we asked in an earlier post whether a passive and neutral intermediary could also be a data controller, it is interesting to have a look at the Delfi case to better grasp what a passive and neutral intermediary is or could be. Continue reading

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