74 screens of legalese don’t protect your data: here’s a blueprint for new laws that could make a difference – Fred H Cate

20 04 2019

File 20190409 2912 1wuiuu0.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1All over the world, government officials are trying to figure out how to craft laws and regulations about privacy – especially for digital data and online activity. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation took effect in May 2018; about a month later, California’s new Consumer Privacy Act did too. Both impose stringent new legal requirements on organizations that collect and use personal data. Read the rest of this entry »





Twins separated at birth: The re-convergence of data protection and freedom of information – Perry Keller

23 02 2019

The governance of decision-making algorithms is now a pressing issue across many fields of law and policy. Yet, given the technical opacity of advanced data analytics, finding ways to ensure meaningful transparency and sustainable accountability is currently, at best, a work in progress. Read the rest of this entry »





European Data Protection and Freedom of Expression After Buivids: An Increasingly Significant Tension, Part Two. The Analysis – David Erdos

22 02 2019

The outcome in Buivids draws significantly on long-standing CJEU jurisprudence.  Thus, as far back as 2003, Lindqvist had already stressed the broad material applicability of data protection in an online publishing context and also argued that the personal/household exemption was not applicable where “data are made accessible to an indefinite number of people” (at [47]). Read the rest of this entry »





European Data Protection and Freedom of Expression After Buivids: An Increasingly Significant Tension, Part One. The Decision – David Erdos

21 02 2019

On 14 February 2019 the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down its decision in Buivids, a case which pitted an amateur individual online publisher against the Latvian Data Protection Authority (DPA). Read the rest of this entry »





Social media doesn’t need new regulations to make the internet safer: GDPR can do the job – Eerke Boiten

16 02 2019

From concerns about data sharing to the hosting of harmful content, every week seems to bring more clamour for new laws to regulate the technology giants and make the internet “safer”. But what if our existing data protection laws, at least in Europe, could achieve most of the job? Read the rest of this entry »





Data privacy rules in the EU may leave the US behind – Thomas Holt

3 02 2019

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France made headlines on 21 January 2019 for fining Google US$57 million – the first large fine to be issued for violations of the European Union’s newly implemented General Data Protection Regulations. GDPR, as it’s called, is meant to ensure consumers’ personal information is appropriately used and protected by companies. It also creates procedures to sanction companies who misuse information. Read the rest of this entry »





Data Protection: A Doctor’s right to be forgotten – Rosalind English

31 01 2019

An Amsterdam court has ruled that Google should delist an unofficial “blacklist” of doctors maintained by a discussion group on the internet. This is said to be the first right to be forgotten case involving medical negligence by a doctor. Read the rest of this entry »





Top 10 Privacy and Data Protection Cases of 2018: a selection

29 01 2019

Inforrm reported on a large number of privacy and data protection cases in 2018.  In January 2017 we published a widely read post on “Data Protection: Overview of the Case Law in 2017”. In this post we round up some of the most legally and factually interesting privacy and data protection cases from England and Europe from the past year. Read the rest of this entry »





Amazon, Facebook and Google don’t need to spy on your conversations to know what you’re talking about – Jason Nurse

27 01 2019

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If you’ve ever wondered if your phone is spying on you, you’re not alone. One of the most hotly debated topics in technology today is the amount of data that firms surreptitiously gather about us online. You may well have shared the increasingly common experience of feeling creeped out by ads for something you recently discussed in a real life conversation or an online interaction. Read the rest of this entry »





The Right To Be Forgotten back in the CJEU: Advocate General Opinions on sensitive personal data and the geographical scope of de-referencing – Ian Helme

11 01 2019

Reconciling the right to privacy and the protection of personal data with the right to information and freedom of expression in the age of the Internet is one of the main challenges of our time.” With these words, Advocate General Szpunar opened the first of two important opinions involving Google and the right to be forgotten he delivered yesterday, 10 January 2019. Read the rest of this entry »