Some problems with EU measures against fake news, Dutch Media v EU – Emiel Jurjens and Jens van den Brink

17 05 2018

The EU is stepping up its fight against fake news. It recently published a new policy document (the ‘Communication on Tackling online disinformation’ of 26 April 2018) proposing several measures against fake news. Read the rest of this entry »





How to ‘break up‘ Facebook – Damian Tambini

9 05 2018

In a recent article Damian Tambini suggested that it may at some point in the future be necessary to ‘break up’ Facebook. Following further discussion during the House of Lords Inquiry on Internet Regulation he expands on this theme. Read the rest of this entry »





NT1 and NT2 v Google Inc: How to seek the delisting of search engine results following the first English decision on the “right to be forgotten” – Iain Wilson

20 04 2018

The much-anticipated decision in NT 1 & NT 2 v Google LLC [2018] EWHC 799 (QB) was handed down on 13 April 2018.  The joint judgment in two separate claims against Google, is the first time the English courts have had to rule on the application of the ‘right to be forgotten’ principle following the decision in Google Spain SL, Google Inc. v Agencia Espanola de Proteccion de Datos (AEPD) and Mario Costeja Gonzalez (Case C-131/12). Read the rest of this entry »





Will veiled threats from the EU tackle the disinformation problem or can the UK get tough alone? – Damian Tambini

23 03 2018

The EC high level group on ‘fake news’ has done what it was asked to do: it has set out a problem definition and mapped out some policy principles and broad recommendations. Read the rest of this entry »





The EU Commission and the tackling of illegal content: is more too much? – Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

11 03 2018

The European Commission (EC) Recommendation of 1.3.2018 on measures to effectively tackle illegal content online (C(2018) 1177 final) is now freely accessible. As readers know, this is not the first time the EC has attempted to express meaningful thoughts (for lack of a better word, as once again the instrument is not strictly speaking binding on anyone, although the EC will monitor the effects of this Recommendation as per Chapter IV) on the topic. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Preview: NT1 v Google LLC (ICO intervening), The First “Right to be Forgotten” trial – Aidan Wills

27 02 2018

Today sees the start of the first High Court trial to address the application of the right to be forgotten (“RTBF”) as articulated by the CJEU in C‑131/12 Google Spain v Agencia Española de Protección de Datos & Mario Costeja González (“Google Spain”). Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson, the Data Protection Bill and the ICO’s procedural powers in relation to Journalism – David Erdos

18 01 2018

One of the main findings of Lord Justice Leveson’s Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press was that that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) did not have sufficient procedural powers to ensure that journalists did not seriously abuse personal data. Read the rest of this entry »