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Privacy does not cause airplanes to crash; neither does pilot depression. The wave of criticism against Germany’s strict privacy laws in the aftermath of the findings following the calamitous fate of Germanwings Flight 9525 is misguided and quite possibly dangerous. Read more » about Privacy and Depression Do Not Crash Planes
Today, a court in Istanbul ordered the ban of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube over the publication of the picture of a public prosecutor held hostage by extreme-Left militants. The blocking order on Twitter and Facebook was lifted after the social media sites complied with the request of removal. The ban of YouTube is still in place. Read more » about Turkey Blocks Facebook, Twitter and YouTube over Images of Public Prosecutor Held Hostage
On March 31, 2015, the Italian Privacy Authority ("Authority") issued a decision stating that users cannot obtain the delisting of search results of recent news with a relevant public interest. However, search engines must delete or edit automatically generated snippets accompanying the search results if they are misleading. Read more » about Right to be Forgotten Must be Balanced with Freedom of the Press, Italian Privacy Authority Says
A few days ago, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided C More Entertainment AB v Linus Sandberg. This is the last episode of the linking saga, previously discussed by the ECJ in Svensson and Bestwater. This time, the ECJ had to decide whether linking to live internet streams of sport events infringed on the exclusive related rights of broadcasting organizations. The ECJ concluded that national legislation may extend the exclusive right of the broadcasting organisations to acts of communication to the public encompassing broadcasts of sporting fixtures made live on internet. Read more » about (C) More Entertainment for Broadcasters: The European Court of Justice on Linking to Live Streams of Sport Events
This is Part III of a series on the Doe v. Cisco case pending in the Northern District of California and involving claims that Cisco should be liable for aiding and abetting the Chinese Government’s use of its Golden Shield to persecute Falun Gong practitioners. Read more » about The Provision of Means: Dual Use Goods & Corporate Liability
Recently, the Supreme Court of India issued a landmark decision regarding the constitutionality of several provisions included in the Indian Information Technology Act ("IT Act"). The provisions dealt with content removal online and blocking orders. According to the Supreme Court, vague standards for blocking and removing content online are unconstitutional. Additionally, content blocking must be mandated only by a reasoned order from a judicial, administrative or governmental body and must be transparent. Read more » about Landmark Intermediary Liability Decision from the Indian Supreme Court
A few days ago, digital rights advocates and civil society groups gathered together in Manila and approved the Intermediary Liability Principles. The principles were officially launched at the Rightscon Southeast Asia in Manila. Read more » about Welcome to the Manila Intermediary Liability Principles!
It’s the season for “cyberthreat” information sharing proposals. There’s the White House plan, announced in January. There’s the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA, which passed out of the Senate Intelligence Committee on a 14-1 vote earlier this month. Read more » about Which Cyberthreat Information Sharing Proposal You Should Support? (Hint: None)