Facebook’s privacy policy breaches European law, report finds
Mon 23 Feb 2015, 15:40

A report commissioned by the Belgian privacy commission has found that Facebook is acting in violation of European law, despite updating its privacy policy.

Conducted by the Centre of Interdisciplinary Law and ICT at the University of Leuven in Belgium, the report claimed that Facebook’s privacy policy update in January had only expanded older policy and practices, and found that it still violates European consumer protection law.

According to the report, Facebook’s policies around profiling for third-party advertising do not “meet the requirements for legally valid consent”, while the social network “fails to offer adequate control mechanisms” with regard to the use of user-generated content for commercial purposes.

Mondriaan died 70 years ago, so his his work now copyright-free?
Fri 2 Jan 2015, 12:40

Under European law, the copyright on Mondriaan’s work has now expired but the American-based Mondrian Trust says some works are still copyrighted and royalties need to be paid. But the US uses a different ruling. It says everything produced prior to 1923 is copyright-free but that later work is subject to a 95-year rule dating from the time the work was first published in Europe.

But the US uses a different ruling. It says everything produced prior to 1923 is copyright-free but that later work is subject to a 95-year rule dating from the time the work was first published in Europe.

Read more at DutchNews.nl: Mondriaan died 70 years ago, so is his work now copyright-free? http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2015/01/mondriaan-died-70-years-ago-so-his-his-work-now-copyright-free.php/
Under European law, the copyright on Mondriaan’s work has now expired but the American-based Mondrian Trust says some works are still copyrighted and royalties need to be paid.

Read more at DutchNews.nl: Mondriaan died 70 years ago, so is his work now copyright-free? http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2015/01/mondriaan-died-70-years-ago-so-his-his-work-now-copyright-free.php/
Under European law, the copyright on Mondriaan’s work has now expired but the American-based Mondrian Trust says some works are still copyrighted and royalties need to be paid.

Read more at DutchNews.nl: Mondriaan died 70 years ago, so is his work now copyright-free? http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2015/01/mondriaan-died-70-years-ago-so-his-his-work-now-copyright-free.php/
Under European law, the copyright on Mondriaan’s work has now expired but the American-based Mondrian Trust says some works are still copyrighted and royalties need to be paid.

Read more at DutchNews.nl: Mondriaan died 70 years ago, so is his work now copyright-free? http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2015/01/mondriaan-died-70-years-ago-so-his-his-work-now-copyright-free.php/
Under European law, the copyright on Mondriaan’s work has now expired but the American-based Mondrian Trust says some works are still copyrighted and royalties need to be paid.

Read more at DutchNews.nl: Mondriaan died 70 years ago, so is his work now copyright-free? http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2015/01/mondriaan-died-70-years-ago-so-his-his-work-now-copyright-free.php/
Under European law, the copyright on Mondriaan’s work has now expired but the American-based Mondrian Trust says some works are still copyrighted and royalties need to be paid.

Read more at DutchNews.nl: Mondriaan died 70 years ago, so is his work now copyright-free? http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2015/01/mondriaan-died-70-years-ago-so-his-his-work-now-copyright-free.php/
Belgian Data Protection Authority's first recommendation on Facebook's privacy policy
Fri 15 May 2015, 18:20

Following the introduction of new worldwide terms of use by Facebook, a number of European privacy commissions started investigations. Facebook did not accept that it was bound by the national privacy legislation of Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany and it rejected their competence.

On 13 May the Belgian Privacy Commission adopted a first recommendation on Facebook. The document establishes that the Belgian Privacy Commission is competent and that Facebook disregards European and Belgian privacy legislation in several ways.

ECtHR decision: Commercial websites could be liable for users’ comments
Tue 16 Jun 2015, 20:00

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled that the Estonian news site Delfi may be held responsible for anonymous and allegedly defamatory comments from its readers. This goes against the European Union’s e-commerce directive, which guarantees liability protection for intermediaries that implement notice-and-takedown mechanisms on third-party comments.

Therefore, one of the worrying aspects of the ECtHR decision is that it may encourage the idea that intermediaries are liable for "manifestly unlawful" content, without specifying what "manifestly unlawful" actually means.

Belgian privacy watchdog sues Facebook
Mon 15 Jun 2015, 15:39

Belgium's national privacy watchdog is taking US internet company Facebook to court, arguing that the way the social network website tracks the behaviour of both members and non-members is illegal under Belgian and European law.

UK court rules surveillance law unconstitutional
Mon 20 Jul 2015, 16:40

The controversial surveillance legislation discussed last summer in the UK parliament has been ruled unlawful by the UK High Court.  The court argued that the vague terms and descriptions of powers in the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (DRIPA) renders the act incompatible with human rights under European law.