Glawischnig-Piesczek vs. Facebook Ireland Limited: CJEU determines that hosting provider may ordered to remove identical and equivalent comments to those which have already been declared illegal

The decision of the CJEU in this case in which a hosting provider can be required to remove content on a global level in the context of a EU Member State Court injunction within the framework of international law, exemplifies the global reach of European regulators with the Internet.   Here's a little background on the case ...

CJEU rules that the prohibition on processing certain categories of sensitive personal data applies also to operators of search engines

In Case C-136/17 GC and Others v Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés (CNIL), the CJEU determined that the prohibition on processing certain categories of sensitive personal data applies also to operators of search engines and that in the context of a request for de-referencing, a balance must be struck between the fundamental rights ...

CJEU rules storing cookies requires internet users’ active consent and therefore a pre-ticked checkbox is insufficient

The Court of Justice of the European Union in its Judgment in Case C-673/17 Bundesverband der Verbraucherzentralen und Verbraucherverbände ̶ Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband eV v Planet49 GmbH, confirmed "that the consent which a website user must give to the storage of and access to cookies on his or her equipment is not validly constituted by way ...

CJEU: prohibition on processing certain categories of sensitive data also applies to search engines

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The Judgment in Case C-136/17 GC and Others v Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés (CNIL, the French Data Protection Authority) has determined that operators of search engines can also be subject to the prohibition of processing of certain categories of sensitive personal data. The judgement handed down today, attempts to strike a balance ...

FTC Fines Google $170 Million USD for having violated the privacy of children on YouTube

The American Federal Trade Commission and the New York Attorney General reached a settlement with Google (YouTube) for having violated the American Federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). YouTube was accused of illegally harvesting the data of children, tracking their browsing behaviour in order to offer them targeted advertising,, all without the consent ...

The importance of Data Protection in research

The Swedish Data Protection Authority recently launched an investigation into Umeå University's handling of sensitive personal data, specifically data obtained from the Danish Police Authority for research purposes. The Swedish Police Authority to the Data Inspectorate has alleged that the university sent the sensitive data in its possession via unencrypted email. Data protection in ...

Social plug-ins and joint controllership

The European Court of Justice in Case C-210/16, also known as the Fashion ID case, concerns the joint controllership relationship between Facebook and website operators that embed the Facebook “Like” button on their site.  Fashion ID GmbH & Co. KG, an online fashion retailer had the Like button on its website.  In order to better understand the ...

Your data for cash: Garante privacy refers the Weople app question to the EDPB

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On 1 August 2019 the Italian Data Protection Authority requested input from the European Data Protection Board with respect to the commercialisation/monetisation of personal data and its relationship with the right to data portability, with the objective of establishing a common position at the European Union level. The Italian DPA's Press Release can be ...