Tag Archives: Internet

Sense or censorship – the sequel. The Information Commissioner responds to the government’s online harms white paper

Avid readers of this blog (and we trust there are many of you!) will recall that the UK government recently published a white paper. The white paper sets out the UK government’s approach to regulating the internet to tackle online harms. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has just published the Information Commissioner’s (Commissioner) full response to … Continue Reading

60% of British adults and 80% of young teenagers suffered harm online in the last 12 months – the UK debate about the need to regulate the internet continues apace

Britain’s data protection and broadcasting regulators, the Information Commissioner’s Office and Ofcom, have published a joint Report looking into internet users’ concerns about online harms. The British government’s recently published White Paper, which outlined its approach for regulating the internet to tackle online harms, was informed by this Report. Methodology Over 3,000 interviews were conducted … Continue Reading

Regulating UK digital services – the British government shares its thoughts

The UK government recently published its response (Government Response) to a House of Lords committee report (Committee Report) discussing prospective regulation of digital services facilitated by the internet. The Government Response largely accepts the key recommendations of the Committee Report, and finds the Committee Report is closely aligned with the government’s preferred approach. The Government … Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Superior Court holds county where reputational harm occurs is proper venue for Internet defamation suits, confirming 50-year-old inquiry applies to website-based claims

Addressing an issue of first impression, the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled last week that a venue analysis dating to 1967 focusing on the location of dissemination of allegedly defamatory newspapers applied to online defamation suits as well.  As a result, the proper venue for Pennsylvania defamation suits based on website content is any county where … Continue Reading

Final guideline for Internet personal information protection published by Chinese Ministry of Public Security

After soliciting public comments since last November, the Chinese Ministry of Public Security (MPS) published the finalized Guideline for Internet Personal Information Security Protection (Guideline) on April 10, 2019. The Guideline applies to Personal Information Holders, defined as entities or individuals that “control and process personal information” through their provision of services using the Internet, … Continue Reading

Sense or censorship? UK government publishes White Paper on tackling online harms

The UK Government has published a White Paper outlining its approach towards regulating the internet to tackle online harms. The White Paper cites a study carried out by the UK’s communications regulator (Ofcom) and data protection regulator (Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)). The study found that nearly one in four British adults suffered harm from either … Continue Reading

Regulating digital services – UK parliament weighs in

The Select Committee on Communications of the House of Lords (Committee) published a report discussing UK regulation of ‘digital services facilitated by the internet’. We summarise some of the key recommendations of the report, which was published on 9 March 2019: 1. A central regulatory body called the Digital Authority should be set up to … Continue Reading

UK government publishes the Digital Charter and reaffirms creation of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation

Earlier this year the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport published its new Digital Charter. This short document outlines a UK rolling programme of work designed to make the UK a friendly environment to start-up and grow digital businesses. It is also designed to make the UK a safe place to be online. … Continue Reading

Second Circuit Holds That the Google Digital Books Project Is Protected Under the Fair Use Doctrine

On October 16, the Second Circuit ruled that Google’s scanning of millions of books without the copyright holders’ permission, for use in its “Google Books” database, is permissible under the fair use doctrine. Google Books enables members of the public to search for terms within these books and view snippets of machine-readable text containing their search … Continue Reading

Italy Releases Draft Declaration of Internet Rights

Italy’s Chamber of Deputies has proposed a ‘Draft Declaration of Internet Rights’ (Declaration), acknowledging both the way in which the internet has changed interactions and the way it has erased borders, but also noting that the EU’s protection of personal data is a necessary reference for governing operation of the internet. The Declaration is now open … Continue Reading

Turkish Parliament Approves E-Commerce Law

Turkey’s Parliament has approved Law No. 6563 on the Regulation of Electronic Commerce (Law) aimed at creating a more secure, transparent and accessible e-commerce environment. The Law is expected to come into force 1 May 2015. The Law covers electronic communications, liabilities of service providers, contracts concluded electronically, and the information provided to consumers, as … Continue Reading

Brazilian Data Protection Authority fines Internet Provider $1.59m

In July, the Brazilian Department of Consumer Protection and Defence (‘DPDC’) fined the telecom provider Oi 3.5 million reals ($1.59 million) for recording and selling its subscriber browser data in a case based on Brazilian consumer law dating back to 1990. The DPDC investigated allegations that Oi had entered into an agreement with British online … Continue Reading

Brazil’s Internet Bill: Latest Developments

This post was written by Cynthia O’Donoghue. At the end of March, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies voted in favour of the Marco Civil da Internet (Internet Bill), bringing the ground-breaking legislation one step closer to enactment. The Internet Bill will now progress to the Senate for approval. In the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations … Continue Reading

A busy week in Europe: Do Not Track, Children’s Internet Privacy, Data Breach Notification and Transfers of Passenger Record Data

Hasn’t it been a busy week in Europe? The regulators seems to be falling over one another in a race to the top of privacy regulation. Targeted are web browsers and ‘do-not-track’ mechanisms, children’s internet privacy, banks, and the U.S.’s request for passenger data. The European Commissioner Nellie Kroes came close to threatening the advertising … Continue Reading
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