‘Fake news’ and Facebook: symptoms not causes of democratic decline – Des Freedman

5 08 2018

It’s pretty rare for the report of a minor parliamentary committee to generate such a buzz but perhaps less surprising when the topic is ‘fake news’ and the main villain of the piece is one of the world’s most valuable – and controversial –  companies, Facebook. Read the rest of this entry »





The European Parliament’s Hearing on Cambridge Analytica and Facebook #2: Rumble in the (Regulatory) Jungle – Pascal Crowe

1 08 2018

The European Parliament’s second of three scheduled hearings about the Facebook/ Cambridge Analytica case got off to an inauspicious start. The draft agenda had promised political heavyweights such as Margrethe Vestager, the EU competition commissioner who is leading the Commission’s stance on regulating GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon) and Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Luxembourg, Facebook “Fan Page” case, administrator held to be data controller and jurisdictional issues clarified – Sara Mansoori

11 07 2018

In an important decision the CJEU has found that the administrator of a Facebook ‘fan page’ was a joint data controller with Facebook Ireland and Facebook Inc, and that a German data protection supervisory authority is competent to assess the lawfulness of data processing carried out by Facebook Germany, applying German data protection law. Read the rest of this entry »





Cambridge Analytica used our secrets for profit, the same data could be used for public good – William David Watkin

8 07 2018

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Ever since it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica had taken data from 87m users via a Facebook app that exploited the social media site’s privacy settings, it has been suggested that anything from Donald Trump’s election in the US to the European Union referendum result in the UK could have been the result of the persuasive power of targeted advertisements based on voter preferences. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »





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: TLU v Home Office, Misuse of Private Information and Data Protection Appeals dismissed, Durant further explained – Lorna Skinner

20 06 2018

In a decision handed down on 15 June 2018 (TLU and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 2217) the Court of Appeal dismissed the Home Office’s appeal against findings of liability for misuse of private information and for breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 (“the 1998 Act”). Read the rest of this entry »