Big Brother Watch v UK: What are the implications for the Investigatory Powers Act? – Graham Smith

14 09 2018

Yesterday I was transported back in time, to that surreal period following the Snowden revelations in 2013 when anyone who knew anything about the previously obscure RIPA (Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000) was in demand to explain how it was that GCHQ was empowered to conduct bulk interception on a previously unimagined scale. Read the rest of this entry »





Regulating the internet: intermediaries to perpetrators – Graham Smith

29 06 2018

Nearly twenty five years after the advent of the Web, and longer since the birth of the internet, we still hear demands that the internet should be regulated – for all the world as if people who use the internet were not already subject to the law. Read the rest of this entry »





The Electronic Commerce Directive: a phantom demon? – Graham Smith

4 05 2018

Right now the ECommerce Directive – or at any rate the parts that shield hosting intermediaries from liability for users’ content – is under siege. The guns are blazing from all directions. Read the rest of this entry »





Internet legal developments to look out for in 2018 – Graham Smith

2 01 2018

A preview of some of the UK internet legal developments that we can expect in 2018. Any future EU legislation will be subject to Brexit considerations and may or may not apply in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »





Worldwide search de-indexing orders: Google v Equustek – Graham Smith

26 07 2017

The Supreme Court of Canada has issued its decision in Google Inc v Equustek (2017 SCC 34). This is the case in which a small Canadian technology company, Equustek, asked the Canadian courts to grant an injunction against the well-known US search engine ordering it to de-index specified websites – not just on its Canadian domain google.ca, but on a worldwide basis. Read the rest of this entry »





Time to speak up for Article 15 of the ECommerce Directive – Graham Smith

23 05 2017

Article 15 of the ECommerce Directive lays down the basic principle that EU Member States cannot impose a general obligation on internet intermediaries to monitor what people say online. We in the UK may have to start worrying for Article 15. Read the rest of this entry »





Internet legal developments to look out for in 2017 – Graham Smith

22 01 2017

internetA preview of some of the UK internet legal developments that we can expect in 2017. Any proposed EU legislation will be subject to Brexit considerations and so may never happen in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »