Special Rapporteur’s 2018 report – A Human Rights Approach to Platform Content Regulation

The Special Rapporteur’s 2018 report to the United Nations Human Rights Council is now online. In the first-ever UN report that examines the regulation of user-general online content, the Special Rapporteur examines the role of States and social media companies in providing an enabling environment for freedom of expression and access to information online. In … Continue reading Special Rapporteur’s 2018 report – A Human Rights Approach to Platform Content Regulation

Handbook on European data protection law – 2018 edition

The rapid development of information technology has exacerbated the need for robust personal data protection, the right to which is safeguarded by both European Union (EU) and Council of Europe (CoE) instruments. Safeguarding this important right entails new and significant challenges as technological advances expand the frontiers of areas such as surveillance, communication interception and … Continue reading Handbook on European data protection law – 2018 edition

ECHR – Bărbulescu v. Romania – Monitoring of an employee’s electronic communications amounted to a breach of his right to private life and correspondence

The case of Bărbulescu v. Romania (application no. 61496/08) concerned the decision of a private company to dismiss an employee after monitoring his electronic communications and accessing their contents, and the alleged failure of the domestic courts to protect his right to respect for his private life and correspondence. In today’s Grand Chamber judgment in … Continue reading ECHR – Bărbulescu v. Romania – Monitoring of an employee’s electronic communications amounted to a breach of his right to private life and correspondence

Banning the mass publication of personal tax data in Finland did not violate the right to freedom of expression

After two companies had published the personal tax information of 1.2 million people, the domestic authorities ruled that such wholesale publication of personal data had been unlawful under data protection laws, and barred such mass publications in future. The companies complained to the European Court of Human Rights that the ban had violated their right … Continue reading Banning the mass publication of personal tax data in Finland did not violate the right to freedom of expression

Right to be forgotten – Blocage par nom de domaine ou par géoblocage

La rapporteure publique du Conseil d'Etat a recommandé mercredi 28 juin de consulter la Cour de justice de l'Union européenne (CJUE) sur l'ampleur de l'application du droit à l'oubli par Google, afin d'avoir une position européenne harmonisée. La Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés (Cnil) avait infligé une amende à Google lui reprochant de … Continue reading Right to be forgotten – Blocage par nom de domaine ou par géoblocage

Rubio Dosamantes v. Spain – ECHR – Protection of Reputation

"In the case of Rubio Dosamantes v. Spain (application no. 20996/10) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned a complaint by the pop singer Paulina Rubio that … Continue reading Rubio Dosamantes v. Spain – ECHR – Protection of Reputation