Crossfire

Matheson’s technology and IP law blog

EU Data Regulators upping the ante on Search Engines

September, 2014

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In a letter, dated 23 September 2014, to Larry Page, Chief Executive Officer of Google, data and privacy regulators from countries across the European Union (“EU”) (the “Regulators”) have requested that Google revises its privacy policies in order to make them easier to find and understand. The Regulators have requested that Google makes available exhaustive lists of what data it holds and processes, in order to comply with EU law. Google received the package of recommendations from the Article 29… Read more…

Busted! European Commission Tackles ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Myths

September, 2014

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The European Commission has published a ‘myth-busting’ factsheet to ensure that the public debate surrounding the “right to be forgotten” is based on the facts. The “right to be forgotten” has generated much debate on the accessibility of personal information legally available online. Neither the “right to be forgotten” nor “the right to information” are actually a legal right, thereby complicating the debate before it can begin. The right stems from the decision of the Court of Justice of the… Read more…

Public consultation on Consumer Rights Bill commences

September, 2014

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At the time of initiation of what is now the Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2014, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation indicated that a Consumer Rights Bill (the “Bill”) would be brought forward in 2015 to incorporate the European Union (Consumer Information, Cancellation and Other Rights) Regulations 2013. The proposed legislation will be the most important reform in this area of consumer law in recent decades. The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (the “Department”) has now commenced… Read more…

German Court Ruling on Facebook’s Personal Data Gives Legal Certainty to Irish Data Controllers

September, 2014

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An order issued by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner for the German state of Schleswig-Holstein (“ULD”), against the administrator of a Facebook Page, has been overruled by a German appeals court. The court has ruled that Facebook, as data controllers, are legally responsible for the personal data of visitors to a Facebook Page. The Higher Administrative Court of Schleswig-Holstein ruled yesterday that businesses who create and administer Facebook Pages, to connect with clients, customers and potential customers, have… Read more…

Google’s “Right to be Forgotten” European Tour

September, 2014

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Google is embarking on a seven meeting European tour, which began on Tuesday in Madrid, to discuss the future of Internet privacy. Google is debating the balance between privacy and the free flow of information on the internet in light of the application of the “right to be forgotten”. In a previous blog, we have discussed the opinion of Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union on the “right to be forgotten”, in Google Spain v… Read more…