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 »





Anonymity in CJEU cases: privacy at the expense of transparency? – Peter Oliver

31 12 2018

Juliet famously asked: “Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo?”  And then adds: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet.”  Having an unfortunate name (like Montague, if you have the misfortune to fall in love with a Capulet) can be challenging.  But what about having no name?   Read the rest of this entry »





European regulation of video-sharing platforms: what’s new, and will it work? – Lubos Kuklis

6 12 2018

The revision of EU’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), adopted earlier this month after a legislative journey of more than two years, introduces (among other things) a completely new element to media regulation – the regulatory framework for video-sharing platforms (VSPs). Read the rest of this entry »





Google and the Right to be Forgotten, Four Case Studies – My Clean Slate

17 10 2018

When dealing with Google, it is good to bear in mind that their erasure policy is both erratic and random.  The Right to be Forgotten seems to depend on the individual who is dealing with a request and whether they have had a good or bad day.  There have been a number of odd – indeed, downright inconsistent decisions over the past six months which illustrate the problem. Learning on the job does not quite capture it. Read the rest of this entry »





Why tech giants have little to lose (and lots to win) from new EU copyright law – Maurizio Borghi

20 09 2018

File 20180919 158243 roiwue.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The new European Union Copyright Directive, passed recently by the European parliament after a vociferous campaign both for and against, has been described by its advocates as Europe striking a blow against US tech giants in the battle for control of copyrighted content online. Read the rest of this entry »





‘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 »