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Month: March 2017 (Page 2 of 5)

Hong Kong: Freedom of the (Entertainment) Press: Part 1, Data Privacy and Public Interest – David Ma

The Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (“Commissioner”) examined the relationship between freedom of the press and personal data (“PD”) in the context of paparazzi and the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (“PDPO”) in Reports R12-9159 [pdf] and R12-9164 [pdf]. The appeals to the Commissioner’s decisions were dismissed by the Administrative Appeals Board (“AAB”) in Appeal Nos 5/2012 [pdf] and 6/2012 [pdf].  Continue reading

Case Law: Strasbourg: Pihl v Sweden: No liability for defamatory users’ comments after prompt removal upon notice – Dirk Voorhoof

In its decision of 9 March 2017 in Rolf Anders Daniel Pihl v. Sweden, the Court of Human Rights has clarified the limited liability of operators of websites or online platforms containing defamatory user-generated content.The Court’s decision is also to be situated in the current discussion on how to  prevent or react on  “fake news”, and the policy to involve online platforms in terms of liability for posting such messages. Continue reading

Case Law, Strasbourg: Olafsson v Iceland, Website editor not liable for publishing sexual allegations against candidate – Ed Klaris and Alexia Bedat

In the case of Olafsson v Iceland ([2017] ECHR 259) the Court of Human Rights held that the Icelandic courts were wrong to hold a website editor liable for publishing allegations made by two sisters that their relative, A, who was standing for election for the Constitutional Assembly had sexually abused them when they were children. Continue reading

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