The Global Alliance for Responsible Media: a silver bullet for tackling online harms? – Bertie Vigden

16 09 2019

Earlier this summer, some of the world’s biggest tech, product and branding companies (including Google, Facebook, Unilever and Procter & Gamble) launched The Global Alliance for Responsible Media. This self-described ‘unprecedented’ alliance aims to tackle ‘dangerous, hateful, disruptive and fake content online’ which it says, if left unchecked, ‘risks threatening our global community’. Read the rest of this entry »





Voice command data and privacy protection, Part II: Apple’s Siri – Suneet Sharma

13 09 2019

Apple recently released a statement on its development of automated assistant Siri’s privacy protections. The result is a move towards doing everything right in safeguarding consumer privacy. When compared to Amazon’s protections for its Alexa service market shifts and best practice become clear, making for better adherence to the seven data protection principles underpinning the GDPR. Read the rest of this entry »





Voice command data and privacy protection, Part 1: Amazon Echo’s Alexa – Suneet Sharma

12 09 2019

The increasing encroachment of audio-activated devices into our personal lives presents unique privacy challenges. Recent events have prompted the review of how audio-activated devices collect, store, transmit and use data, prompting concern and highlighting a number of long term lessons to be learned. Read the rest of this entry »





Round up of the Media Law Cases in the 2018-2019 legal year: Six libel and privacy trials – Nataly Tedone

11 09 2019

The legal year in England and Wales ended on 31 July 2019.  The High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court are now on vacation until Michaelmas Term begins on 1 October 2019. Our Table of Media Law cases records 57 judgments in media law cases this legal year. Read the rest of this entry »





Zao’s deepfake face-swapping app shows uploading your photos is riskier than ever – Alexandros Antoniou

10 09 2019

The latest photo app craze can make you look like a movie star. Zao uses artificial intelligence to replace the faces of characters in film or TV clips with images of anyone whose photo you upload to the app. Read the rest of this entry »





South Africa: Why waving the apartheid flag amounts to hate speech – Dario Milo and Lavanya Pilla

9 09 2019

On 21 August 2019, Phineas Mojapelo, the Deputy Judge President of the South Gauteng Division of the High Court in the case of, Nelson Mandela Foundation Trusts v Afriforum NPC ([2019] ZAEQC 2) ruled that the display of the pre-1994 South African flag – the apartheid flag – constitutes hate speech. Read the rest of this entry »





Filtering Facebook: Why Internet Users and EU Policymakers Should Worry about the Advocate General’s Opinion in Glawischnig-Piesczek – Daphne Keller

8 09 2019

Summer is winding down, and policymakers in Brussels are returning to an ambitious task: drafting new regulation for the Internet. Meanwhile, in Luxembourg, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) is deciding cases that will affect both Internet platforms’ operations and lawmakers’ choices in devising new laws. Read the rest of this entry »





Bad News: A Psychological ‘vaccine’ against fake news – Sander van der Linden and Jon Rozenbeek

7 09 2019

Journalists, politicians, academics, and governments all agree that the problem of news manipulation needs to be addressed, even if no one seems to be able to agree on what to call it. The terms ‘fake news’, ‘misinformation’, ‘disinformation’, and ‘propaganda’ are all used interchangeably. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: R (Bridges) v Chief Constable of South Wales Police: The use of facial recognition software by the police is lawful –  Suneet Sharma

6 09 2019

On 4 September 2019 the Administrative Court (Haddon-Cave LJ and Swift J) handed down judgment in the case of R (Bridges) v Chief Constable of the South Wales Police [2019] EWHC 2341 (Admin).  The Court held that it was lawful for the police to use automated facial recognition software (“AFR”). Read the rest of this entry »





Journalism: The danger of crusades – FC Reporting Watch

5 09 2019

In the last few months, the Daily Express has been running a ‘Crusade’ (their label) with the banner ‘End This Injustice’. Under this banner they have published a number of accounts from mothers who tell of abuse at the hands of the fathers of their children, and a failure by the Family Court to protect them. Read the rest of this entry »