Case Law, Scotland: WF, Petitioner, The right to privacy and medical records – Seonaid Stevenson

20 02 2016

medrecordreview01In the case of WF, Petitioner ([2016] CSOH 27) the Outer House of the Court of Session has ruled that the right to privacy and medical confidentiality under Article 8 of the Convention entitles complainers to be heard and have legal representation before any orders are made for recovery of their medical records. Read the rest of this entry »





Pictures, privacy and Facebook: Journalists should not assume children’s rights can be ignored – Isabella Piasecka

19 02 2016

isabelkNewspapers routinely lift material from Facebook and other social media, perhaps on the general assumption that photographs, for example, voluntarily uploaded, as opposed to snatched from behind a long lens, are fair game. But, to the extent that reflects the legal position, does it hold true for content accessed from children’s social media accounts? Should it? Read the rest of this entry »





Lebedev is right to stop printing the Indy: the future of journalism is digital – Eddy Borges-Rey

19 02 2016

More bad news for those remaining staff at The Independent who don’t command instant name recognition or six-figure salaries. Up to 100 of the newspaper’s unsung heroes – a group presumably comprising mainly those who struggle to design and produce the print version – will be looking for work after March 26. Read the rest of this entry »





Courses: Privacy Law and Policy, 4-8 July 2016, University of Amsterdam

18 02 2016

Foto De Rode Hoed (2)Online activities quite often involve transfers of personal data between the European Union (EU) and the United States (US), for example when using online search, social networks and many mobile apps. Both regions are governed by different rules on the protection of informational privacy and personal data. Read the rest of this entry »





Northern Ireland District Judge acquits Pastor of “gross offence” against Muslims – Rosalind English

18 02 2016

molana“Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation”. (Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī , 13th Century Persian Islamic scholar and poet)These words were the last in the ruling by DJ McNally in the Belfast county court, acquitting Pastor McConnell of grossly offending Muslims in a sermon that had been delivered in church but also transmitted over the internet (DPP v McConnell [2016] NI Mag 1). Read the rest of this entry »





News: UKIP Councillor loses bid to set aside summary judgment in child abuse scandal libel case

17 02 2016

Caven VinesA UKIP councillor has failed in a bid to set aside a summary judgment granted against him in a defamation case arising out of the Rotherham child abuse scandal. Read the rest of this entry »





Offensive Online Comments, Delfi confirmed but tempered – Dirk Voorhoof and Eva Lievens

17 02 2016

emt hungaryOn 2 February 2016, the European Court of Human Rights decided that a self-regulatory body (Magyar Tartalomszolgáltatók Egyesülete, MTE) and an Internet news portal (Index.hu Zrt) were not liable for the offensive comments posted by their readers on their respective websites. Read the rest of this entry »





The future is digital: let’s hope the online-only Independent will be part of it – John Jewell

16 02 2016

Copies of "The Independent" newspaper are displayed for sale at a store in London, Britain February 12, 2016. Britain's Independent newspaper is to disappear from news stands next month after its Russian owner said the 29-year-old title would only publish online, in the starkest sign yet of the pressures weighing on the newspaper industry.REUTERS/Neil Hall - RTX26NLPWhen it was announced that the The Independent was to cease producing the print editions of its daily and Sunday titles from March 26, the reaction of journalists and columnists to the news (and the inevitable redundancies to come as a consequence) was of course one of palpable sadness. Read the rest of this entry »





Insulting a politician right after her death: does the ECHR protect the reputation of the deceased? – Valeska David

16 02 2016

Michael_Genner_-_Obmann_von_Asyl_in_NotAt the end of 2014, when deciding on the admissibility of a case brought by Stalin’s grandson, who sued a newspaper and the author of an article for defamation of his grandfather, the ECtHR stated that the heir of a deceased person could not claim a violation of the latter’s article 8’s rights since they are non-transferable.[1] Less than two years later, however, the recent judgment in Genner v. Austria (Application no. 55495/08) seems to cast a shadow of doubt on that principle. Read the rest of this entry »





Skype crack down on online gaming abusers – Rhory Robertson and David Drury

15 02 2016

SkypeYou don’t need to be a gaming expert to know that people can be sore losers; who hasn’t been tempted to take their frustration out on a Monopoly board during a particularly tense family game? Read the rest of this entry »