The European Parliament’s Hearing on Cambridge Analytica and Facebook #1: ‘and in the blue corner…’ – Pascal Crowe

30 06 2018

2018 has been an annus horribilis for tech in general, and Facebook in particular. The scandal surrounding Cambridge Analytica, Facebook and the UK referendum about whether or not to remain in the European Union, has resulted in a tsunami of political fallout on both sides of the Atlantic. Read the rest of this entry »





Regulating the internet: intermediaries to perpetrators – Graham Smith

29 06 2018

Nearly twenty five years after the advent of the Web, and longer since the birth of the internet, we still hear demands that the internet should be regulated – for all the world as if people who use the internet were not already subject to the law. Read the rest of this entry »






Case Law, Australia, Trkulja v Google LLC, The return of Trkulja, Episode IV – Justin Castelan

27 06 2018

The Trkulja defamation franchise is into its fourth instalment, with the latest victory against the Google Empire coming with a stirring outcome arising from Mr Trkulja’s debut appearance in the High Court ([2018] HCA 25). Read the rest of this entry »





Judicial Statistics, 2017: Issued defamation claims up by 40%, highest for three years

26 06 2018

The most recent annual Judicial Statistics – those for 2017 – show a substantial increase in the number of issued defamation claims.  These are up by 40% on 2016.  In 2017 there were 156 defamation claims issued in London (where the large majority of claims are brought) as opposed to 112 in 2016 (and 135 in 2015). Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 25 June 2018

25 06 2018

The European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs has approved the controversial Copyright Directive.  This includes Article 13 which requires digital platforms to check that content uploaded by users does not breach copyright. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Comment: TLU v Home Office, Unnamed family members entitled to damages for Home Office immigration data leak – Iain Wilson

24 06 2018

In The Secretary of State for the Home Department & Anor v TLU & Anor [2018] EWCA Civ 2217 the Court of Appeal, was asked to review one aspect of Mr Justice Mitting’s decision in TLT & Ors v The Secretary of State for the Home Department & Anor [2016] EWHC 2217 (QB)Read the rest of this entry »





Case law: R v Sarker: Reporting restrictions during trials must not be too easily imposed – Oscar Davies

23 06 2018

On 13 June 2018 the Court of Appeal gave judgment on an appeal by the BBC against a reporting restriction order imposed on 22 January 2018, the first day of the trial of the Defendant, Sudip Sarker ([2018] EWCA Crim 1341). Read the rest of this entry »





Why Tech Markets are Winner-Take-All – Patrick Barwise

22 06 2018

Once a company dominates a technology market, it is almost impossible to displace, writes Patrick Barwise, Emeritus Professor of Management and Marketing at London Business School, and contributor (with Leo Watkins) to Digital Dominance: the Power of Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple, recently launched at LSE. Their chapter can be accessed here Read the rest of this entry »





Do Companies have a right to reputation under the European Convention on Human Rights, Part 2 – David Acheson

21 06 2018

The first part of this post considered the question of whether Art 8 of the Convention protects corporate reputation and concluded that the Court’s case law does not provide any good justification for this. Read the rest of this entry »