United States: Media and Law Round Up – March 2020

19 03 2020

The US Congress is considering passing a Data Protection Bill in a bid to harmonise data protection regimes nationwide. BetaNews considers the implications and developments. There have also been calls for a US data protection agency to be established which a number of commentators have called for following Senator Kirsten Gillbrand’s proposal for such legislation. Read the rest of this entry »





The United States should follow the EU’s lead in recognising actions in support of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement as protected speech

5 03 2020

To the shock of many Europeans, Americans are free to voice support for terrorism, direct racist and xenophobic insults at particular groups, and deny the Holocaust without fear of running afoul of the law. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Media and Law Round Up – February 2020

16 02 2020

Facebook has entered a $550m settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. The settlement comes following allegations that the social media giant’s photo-scanning technology violated Illinois privacy laws. The law, the Illinois Privacy Act 2008, was very strict in its adjudication of consumer privacy laws. The Guardian has coverage. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Media and Law Round Up – January 2020

24 01 2020

In the Indiana Commercial Court a jury had awarded a doctor $4.75m following her claims that she was wrongly accused of having alcohol on her breath while on duty. Dr Rebecca Denman was awarded the sum following a defamation lawsuit against St. Vincent Carmel Hospital and St. Vincent Carmel Medical Group Inc. The Indiana Business Journal reports as does the Indiana Lawyer. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: The case of the “pedo guy” tweet: Elon Musk is successful in his defence – Suneet Sharma

8 12 2019

On Friday 6 December 2019, a US District Court jury returned a verdict in favour of Tesla CEO Elon Musk in a $190 million libel case brought by British cave diver, Vernon Unsworth. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Monthly Round Up – 6 October 2019

6 12 2019

Welcome to INFORRM’s US Monthly Round Up which we have decided to revive for the benefit of our readers. Posts will consider monthly developments in media law across the United States. We hope readers find this useful. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Is Assange Entitled to Full First Amendment Protection? – James C Goodale

10 11 2019

At a recent panel discussion at Columbia University on Press Freedom, National Security and Whistleblowers, at which the case of Julian Assange was discussed, no one on the panel mentioned the application of the First Amendment to the defense of Julian Assange. Rather, members of the panel effectively suggested his actions could be judged by a public interest or public concern standard. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: The legal basis of $170m fine on Google for YouTube’s infringement of children’s privacy – Eoin O’Dell

19 09 2019

The media was recently full of stories that Google had been “Fined $170 Million for Violating Children’s Privacy on YouTube” (that’s a headline from the New York Times; see also, for example, NPR | BBC | RTÉ | Silicon Republic). In this post, I want to sketch the legal background to, and consequences of, this fine; and, at the end, I will say a few words about the equivalent position in Europe. Read the rest of this entry »





How much is your data worth to tech companies? US Lawmakers want to tell you, but it’s not that easy to calculate – Samuel Lengen

16 07 2019

New proposed legislation by U.S. senators Mark R. Warner and Josh Hawley seeks to protect privacy by forcing tech companies to disclose the “true value” of their data to users. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Appeals court rules against Trump blocking critics on Twitter – Clay Calvert

14 07 2019

A federal appeals court in New York has upheld a lower court’s ruling that President Donald Trump cannot block people from following or viewing his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account. Read the rest of this entry »