Spanish court endorses CJEU decision on the right to be forgotten
Mon 2 Feb 2015, 12:30

In the first 18 sentences of its decision, the Spanish Audiencia Nacional court has endorsed, without any changes, the European ruling on the so called 'Right to be forgotten' on the Internet. Citizens can demand search engines, Google in this case, the removal of personal information from URLs if they consider it harmful, assuming accessing these links can not be justified neither on public interest grounds nor because of the public relevance of the affected individual.

 

Spanish Citizen Security Law implications for the Internet
Thu 18 Dec 2014, 11:06

Among the new aspects included in the new Citizen Security Law is the possibility of holding someone responsible for a street rally if he or she makes a public statement or a call for participation, like a simple Tweet.

 

Spanish political parties agree on draft law broadening the concept of terrorism
Mon 16 Feb 2015, 12:29

In the context of the undergoing Spanish Criminal Code reform, PSOE and PE, two major political parties in Spain, agreed on a law proposal on terrorism which include provisions about the Internet. This happened despite critics saying that the section on terrorism should be left out of the Criminal Code reform.

Public policy on increasing access to the WHOLE internet - not just Facebook
Sun 11 Jan 2015, 03:20

The social media firm’s latest big idea is to allow users in developing nations free net access if they use its app. The goal of public policy everywhere should be to increase access to the internet – the whole internet, not some corporate-controlled alcove – for as many people as possible.

TISA trade agreement threatens net neutrality, data protection and consumer rights
Tue 6 Jan 2015, 14:40

The newest leak on the TISA trade agreement once again confirms the danger that free trade agreements pose to our democracy. Like ACTA, CETA and TTIP before it, TISA demonstrates that these intransparently negotiated treaties are driven by the interests of multinational corporations and risk undermining the efforts of the European Parliament to ensure consumer protection, data protection, net neutrality etc.

The US proposal now made public would undermine European data protection regulations. The EU would be rendered unable to enforce European standards on service providers from the signatory states thanks to clauses allowing the transfer of personal data and freeing companies from any requirements to establish local registered offices.r

 

Facebook Modifies User Privacy Policy
Fri 2 Jan 2015, 22:00

Facebook has modified its privacy and data use policies, effective January 1, 2015. Facebook will now allow advertisers to include a “buy” button directly on targeted advertisements on a user’s page. Facebook will also allow advertisers to use the location data gathered from tools like “Nearby Friends” and location "check-ins” to push geolocation-based targeted advertisements. For instance, a Facebook user who checks in near a restaurant that partners with Facebook may now be shown menu items from that restaurant. Last month, the Dutch data protection commission announced that it planned to open an investigation into Facebook’s policy modifications. In July 2014, EPIC and a coalition of consumer privacy groups urged the FTC to halt Facebook’s plan to collect web-browsing information from its users. Facebook is already under a 20 year consent decree from the FTC that requires Facebook to protect user privacy. The consent decree resulted from complaints brought by EPIC and a coalition of consumer privacy organizations in 2009 and 2010. For more information, see EPIC: Facebook Privacy; and EPIC: FTC.