Privacy Law

The legal issues surrounding the iBeacon

At the end of 2013, Apple brought its new indoor proximity sensor technology, the iBeacon, onto the market. The technology enables smartphones and other devices in the local area to perform actions and receive notifications.  But what are the legal considerations?
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Breakthrough in US data protection negotiations

The USA has announced its intention to pass legislation which will allow European Union citizens not domiciled in the US to enforce their data protection rights. European Union Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship welcomed the announcement.
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Microsoft resists US government warrant for foreign e-mail data

One of the world’s most prominent e-mail providers, Microsoft, has announced its resistance to a US government warrant seeking disclosure of e-mail data held in a data centre in Ireland.
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What does the right to be forgotten mean for you?

Following yesterday’s European Court of Justice judgment creating a “right to be forgotten”, we ask what this means for ordinary individuals. What are your rights? Can you now ask Google to delete hoards of personal data?
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Right to be forgotten: Victory for data protection supporters

The European Court of Justice held yesterday that the online search engine operator Google is subject to European data protection laws and must delete content when requested to do so by users. The judgment essentially creates a ‘right to be forgotten’.
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The rules and limits on investigative journalism

Investigative journalists regularly run the risk of overstepping legal boundaries. This article discusses some of the possible criminal and civil sanctions that can apply to investigative journalism activities such as conducting research or publishing secret information received through informants. More →

ECJ declares Data Retention Directive invalid

In a commendable preliminary ruling, the European Court of Justice has declared the European Union’s Data Retention Directive invalid.  More →

ECJ to rule on data retention

The European Court of Justice is to hand down a judgment on 8 April 2014 on the retention of data. The court is currently assessing whether the EU’s data retention directive is compatible with the Charter of Fundamental Rights and in particular with the protection of family life and communications, personal data, freedom of thought and the right to “good administration”. More →

Google Drive: phishing attack on Google users

Users of Google Drive and Google Docs should check their e-mails with care. It has been reported that criminals are using intricate phishing techniques to try to obtain access to personal information and commit identity theft. More →

Concerns over privacy as Facebook buys WhatsApp

The social media network, Facebook, has bought the messaging service WhatsApp for $19bn. With the deal comes concern over privacy and data protection. Some users have already turned their backs on the messaging service. More →