The demise of the UK’s current age-verification plans for online porn and what that might mean for Ireland – Eoin O’Dell

19 10 2019

Earlier this week, in a written statement to the House of Commons, the UK’s Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, announced the end of the UK’s controversial age-verification plans for online porn 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 »





The Great Hack and the dysaguria of Cambridge Analytica – Eoin O’Dell

28 07 2019

The Great Hack has just dropped on Netflix (IMDB | Rotten Tomatoes | wikipedia | poster left). It is a documentary that explores “how a data company named Cambridge Analytica came to symbolize the dark side of social media in the wake of the 2016 US presidential election”. Read the rest of this entry »





Ireland: Denis O’Brien’s libel case against the Sunday Business Post should never have reached the High Court – Eoin O’Dell

10 03 2019

In last week’s Sunday Business Post (as trailed on the front cover, here; element right), I have an OpEd [doc] in which I argue that O’Brien’s case should never have reached the High Court, and that the Department of Justice needs to publish its review of the Defamation Act as soon as possible (you can download it below). Read the rest of this entry »





Ireland: It’s time to abolish juries in defamation cases – Eoin O’Dell

29 09 2017

Libel cases in England and Wales are “better off without juries”, according to Sir Mark Warby, the High Court judge with responsibility for the Media and Communications List of the Queen’s Bench Division. Read the rest of this entry »





Compensation for breach of the General Data Protection Regulation – Eoin O’Dell

8 09 2017

I have recently posted a paper on SSRN entitled “Compensation for breach of the General Data Protection Regulation”; this is the abstract: Read the rest of this entry »





What is the current status of GDPR incorporation in the EU’s 28 Member States? – Eoin O’Dell [Updated]

8 08 2017

Having looked, in my previous post, at what Article 82(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation says and means in each of the EU’s 24 official languages, I’m interested in this post in the related question of the current status of incorporation of the GDPR in each of the EU’s 28 Member States. Read the rest of this entry »





Ireland: Orders against social networks to identify anonymous posters of defamatory content (Muwema v Facebook part 3) – Eoin O’Dell

13 07 2017

Fred Muwema is a prominent lawyer in Uganda, who claimed that various Facebook pages in the name of Tom Voltaire Okwalinga, or TVO, defamed him. In Muwema v Facebook Ireland Ltd [(No 1)] [2016] IEHC 519 (23 August 2016), Binchy J declined to grant injunctions requiring Facebook either to remove the posts from the account or to prevent the material in them from being re-posted, and I considered these holdings in one of my earlier posts on the case.  Read the rest of this entry »





Damages and compensation for invasion of privacy and data protection infringements – Eoin O’Dell [updated]

16 05 2017

The saga in Bollea v Gawker shows two remedies for invasion of privacy. Hulk Hogan (real name, Terry Gene Bollea; pictured left), is a former professional wrestler and American television personality. Gawker was a celebrity news and gossip blog based in New York. In October 2012, Gawker posted portions of a secretly-recorded video of Hogan having sex in 2006 with one Heather Cole, who (as Heather Clem) was the then-wife of his then-best-friend (the wonderfully-monikered radio personality Bubba “the Love Sponge” Clem). Read the rest of this entry »





Ireland: Blasphemy is in the news again; it should be removed from the Constitution, as the Constitutional Convention recommended – Eoin O’Dell

10 05 2017

The Irish Independent reported last week that the Gardaí (the Irish police) had launched a blasphemy probe into comments made by Stephen Fry on the television show The Meaning of LifeRead the rest of this entry »