Tag Archives: RTBF

We’re Expecting… 9 Months to Go to GDPR Overhaul of EU Data Protection Regime

As most will be at least vaguely aware, Europe is expecting… the arrival into force of the EU General Data Protection Regulation – the GDPR – is now only 9 months away. This significant overhaul and enhancement of European data protection legislation is the brain-child of the EU Commission, Parliament, and Council. It has also most likely been sired by Germany, with many of the new rules regarding data subject rights to access, deletion, and portability heavily influenced by German legal thinking in this area. As ┬áDr. Sebastian Golla has pointed out, the German Constitutional Court has stated in its decisions that the basic right to informational self-determination (Informationelle Selbstbestimmung) is the basis of German Data Protection Law. Continue reading We’re Expecting… 9 Months to Go to GDPR Overhaul of EU Data Protection Regime

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The State of the (European) Union – Technology Law

I’ll start the year off with a bit of a general overview of some interesting developments in the area of technology law – specifically in Europe, but with wide-ranging effect – and there certainly have been some in both the closing months of 2015 and already in 2016. I’m hoping I’ll get around to writing about these issues in more depth in the coming months. There have been developments in the realm of employer surveillance of employees; the fallout from the disintegration of the Safe Harbour program continues to plague multinational data-driven companies; and these developments, along with others, such as the future of the so-called ‘Right to be Forgotten’, remains to be seen, with the final touches being put on large scale reform of data protection law in the EU. Continue reading The State of the (European) Union – Technology Law

The War of the Forget-Me-Nots: Google and the Right to be Forgotten – One Year On

You may remember that around this time last year I wrote a rather critical analysis of the newly established Right to be Forgotten which resulted from the Google Spain decision. You may also remember that Julia Powles and Rebekah Larsen collected a great deal of commentary (available here) from all sides of the debate on this topic, including, I am flattered to say, mine. Apart from anything else, this collection of commentary from all perspectives helped me re-analyse my own position on the Right to be Forgotten (RTBF), and perhaps move away from being staunchly against it, to being critical of how it was implemented. A year down the line, Julia Powles and Ellen Goodman managed to round up signatures from the lot of us, and composed an excellent Open Letter to Google, asking them for more transparency in how exactly they handle RTBF requests. Continue reading The War of the Forget-Me-Nots: Google and the Right to be Forgotten – One Year On