Right to erasure (right to be forgotten) under the GDPR: the danger of “rewriting history” or the individual’s chance to leave the past behind – Ketevan Kukava

31 05 2018

In the internet age, when vast amount of information can be stored indefinitely and can be easily retrieved by means of a mouse click, controlling one’s personal data seems a particularly difficult task to do. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson: Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act: should it have been brought into force rather than being treated as a question of government policy? – Christopher Whitmey

30 05 2018

The Crime and Courts Act 2013 (‘CCA’) sections 34-42 inclusive are headed “Publishers of news-related material: damages and costs” and form a complete and closely integrated scheme enacted for the public benefit, and the protection of the press from spurious complaints, for implementation as a whole. How can bringing section 40 into force logically be a question of government policy? Read the rest of this entry »





Social Media: the Free Speech Paradox – Patrick George

29 05 2018

People have been surprised by the freedom with which they can use social media and say exactly what they think.  Uninhibited, unrestrained and carefree commentary can be seen on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook at any time of day. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 28 May 2018

28 05 2018

The short Easter legal term ended on 24 May 2018.  The legal vacation is only 8 days, with the Trinity legal term beginning on 5 June 2018 and ending on 31 July 2018.  Inforrm will not be taking a “Whitsun break” and will carrying on posting this week. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Federal judge rules Trump’s Twitter account is a public forum – Clay Calvert

27 05 2018

File 20180524 51135 12psfdb.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1A federal judge in New York has ruled that President Donald Trump cannot block people from following or viewing his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account. While the case will likely be appealed and could reach the U.S. Supreme Court, the decision is a resounding victory for the First Amendment right of citizens to speak to and disagree with government officials in the social media era. Read the rest of this entry »





GDPR: ground zero for a more trusted, secure internet – Bill Buchanan

26 05 2018

File 20180525 51102 a4jra3.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Most of us have been bombarded recently by a barrage of emails from companies begging us to “stay in touch” or “opt in” or informing us of a “policy update”. On May 25, an historic date for the internet, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force. For some, it is the start of a more citizen-focused world, for others it will see the collapse of their digital marketing strategy. Read the rest of this entry »





A more transparent and accountable Internet? Here’s how – Jonny Shipp

25 05 2018

This week the UK Culture Secretary announced that the UK Government will legislate on internet safety. This could include a statutory code of conduct to tackle bullying and harassment on social media and mandatory transparency reporting. LSE Visiting Fellow Jonny Shipp is leading the development of an “Internet Commission”, an independent initiative for a more transparent and accountable internet. He explains how increased transparency about how online content is managed might be achieved and how it could help firms to improve their practice and legislators to sharpen their focus. Read the rest of this entry »