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Month: March 2022 (Page 2 of 3)

Regulating content won’t make the internet safer – we have to change the business models – Julia Hörnle

An upheaval of the law governing what can be published online is taking place in the shape of the online safety bill. The bill, which is currently making its way through parliament, has the hyperbolic ambition “to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online”, and proposes to do this through a complex system of regulation. Continue reading

A war of words: EU sanctions and the blocking of online ‘disinformation’ – Anya Proops QC

The decision by Western powers to fight the war in Ukraine through swingeing sanctions regimes is widely regarded as a hugely powerful demonstration of the West’s unified commitment to the championing of liberal democratic values, in the face of an amoral totalitarian aggressor. However, an important question which falls to be answered is whether those regimes may ironically also pose a threat to the very values they are seeking to defend, particularly insofar as they operate so as to curb media and online freedoms; free expression of course being one of the cornerstones of any liberal democracy. Continue reading

Smart devices spy on you: two computer scientists explain how the Internet of Things can violate your privacy – Roberto Yus and Primal Pappachan

Have you ever felt a creeping sensation that someone’s watching you? Then you turn around and you don’t see anything out of the ordinary. Depending on where you were, though, you might not have been completely imagining it. There are billions of things sensing you every day. They are everywhere, hidden in plain sight – inside your TV, fridge, car and office. These things know more about you than you might imagine, and many of them communicate that information over the internet. Continue reading

Case Law, Strasbourg: IVT v Romania, Broadcast of interview with child without parental consent breached Article 8 – Hugh Tomlinson QC

In the case of IVT v Romania ([2022] ECHR 189) the Fourth Section of the European Court of Human Rights found that the domestic courts had breached an 11 year old ‘s Article 8 rights in dismissing her claim based on the broadcast of an television interview which had been conducted without obtaining parental consent.  Although the child’s face was blurred she was still identifiable  on the broadcast. The Court emphasised that parental consent was not a mere formality but was an important safeguard for the rights of children. Continue reading

Law and Media Round Up – 14 March 2022

The High Court has ruled a class-action lawsuit against TikTok concerning children’s privacy violations can proceed, SMO v TikTok Inc. and Others [2022] EWHC 489 (QB). The claims relate to  TikTok’s data processing activities, which are alleged to be causing damage to millions of class members. TikTok has said the claims “lack merit” and the company has “robust policies, processes and technologies in place to help protect all users, and our teenage users in particular,” TechCrunch reports.” The Panopticon blog has a summary of the case here. Continue reading

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