Case Law, Strasbourg: Einarsson v Iceland, Defamation on social media and Article 8 – María Rún Bjarnadóttir

14 11 2017

In recent years, Icelandic courts have struggled to apply standards and methodology developed by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in cases regarding the balancing of freedom of expression and rights to private life. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 13 November 2017

13 11 2017

On 7 November 2017 the first meeting of the Media and Communications List User Group took place at the Royal Courts of Justice.  Warby J was in the chair and welcomed a large group of Court users including solicitors, inhouse lawyers, barristers and NGOs.  Read the rest of this entry »





CJEU Advocate General opines on the definition of a data controller, applicable national law, and jurisdiction under data protection law – Henry Pearce

12 11 2017

Last month, Advocate General (AG) Bot of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) delivered an opinion which, although non-binding in nature, could potentially have far-reaching consequences for the development of data protection law in the EU. Read the rest of this entry »





Butt v Secretary of State for the Home Department: Revisiting the honest opinion defence – Suneet Sharma

11 11 2017

The decision in Butt v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWHC 2619 (QB) clarifies the application of the statutory defence of honest opinion under section 3 of the Defamation Act 2013. In doing so the case also confirms the application of the defence to statements made by Government bodies and the interdependence of the defence upon findings of meaning. Read the rest of this entry »






Online Publication Claims: Defamatory Meaning Online – Hugh Tomlinson QC and Aidan Wills

9 11 2017

One of the most common complaints about an online publication is that it makes a false statement about someone. The most obvious cause of action through which to seek redress is libel – although there may also be claims for a breach of the DPA and/or false privacy – but such a claim needs to be approached with care. Read the rest of this entry »





Regulate social media platforms before it’s too late – Natasha Tusikov

9 11 2017
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In the past week, Silicon Valley has faced renewed calls for greater regulation of social media platforms amid the growing scandal of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Given rising awareness of the serious problems inherent within U.S. internet giants’ business models, it’s an opportune time to discuss how best to regulate these companies. Read the rest of this entry »