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Irish court reviews U.S. surveillance developments
Fri 9 Jun 2017, 19:20

The Irish High Court has reviewed recent decisions by the U.S. surveillance court and a federal appeals court for a case on the legality of Facebook's transfers of personal data from the EU to the United States.


EU judges may be asked to rule on legality of UK surveillance powers
Mon 5 Jun 2017, 17:00

In a fresh challenge that could impact the Investigatory Powers Act, the campaign group Privacy International has argued in court on Monday that interception of social media that is not targeted and subject to sufficient safeguards is forbidden by a previous European judgment.

Consumer Committee rejects upload filter but fails on “link tax”
Thu 8 Jun 2017, 18:40

On 8 June, the European Parliament Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) voted on the European Commission’s proposal for a Copyright Directive. The IMCO Committee failed to adopt any amendments to Article 11, basically giving up its opportunity to have an influence on the process of fixing the Commission’s absurd proposal.