content regulation / Copyright / Internet intermediaries / online platforms

Online platforms & copyright: The CJEU v The EC?

Boosting the EU Digital Single Market is not an easy task. Full of energy, the European Commission (EC) disclosed its strategy one year ago in the Communication on Online Platforms and the Digital Single Market, in which it announced that “in the next copyright package, to be adopted in the autumn of 2016, the Commission … Continue reading

content regulation / Copyright / Data protection / filtering / freedom of expression / Human rights / illegal content / Internet intermediaries / notice-and-action / notice-and-take down / online platforms

Data Protection and Copyright: Could Art. 29 WP guidance on automated decision-making “help” with filters?

In its own way, the pan-EU Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (Art. 29 WP) has been very active in the past few months. One of the most awaited piece of advice released by Art. 29 WP this month covers automated individual decision-making and profiling for the purposes of Regulation 2016/679 (Opinion WP 251). Why … Continue reading

content regulation / eIDAS / filtering / Internet intermediaries / online platforms

The EU approach to content regulation online bis: tackling (il)legal content online with real-world identities?

Among the policy objectives to pursue in order to ensure the flourishing of the Digital Single Market, one finds here: “Updating  EU audiovisual rules and working with platforms to create a fairer environment for everyone, promote European films, protect children and tackle hate speech.” Clicking on ‘platforms,’ one can also read: “Online platforms are an important part of … Continue reading

content regulation / Copyright / defamation / filtering / hate speech / Human rights / Internet intermediaries / Law enforcement / liability / notice-and-action / notice-and-take down / terrorism

The EU approach to content regulation online: tackling (il)legal content online with upload and re-upload filters!

Intermediary liability has been up until now a never-ending story. For the past two years, we have been regularly fed with communications, codes of conduct, legislative proposals, as well as soft but loud encouragements, from national governments targeting online platforms and asking them to do much more to tackle illegal content such as child sexual … Continue reading

audiovisual media services / content regulation / illegal content / Internet intermediaries

On Article 28a and the proposal to extend the AVMSD: is it time to be pessimistic?

The proposal to extend the Audiovisiual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) continues along its legislative path. We are now entering the trilogue negotiations phase, and, after having read the unrelated [at least at first glance] G7 Taormina Statement on the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, I am re-reading  the  text of the Proposal for a … Continue reading

information society services / Internet intermediaries

The politics of online platforms: when AG Szpunar converses with the EC in Elite Taxi v Uber.

Advocate General Szpunar (AG) delivered yesterday his opinion in the highly political and much awaited case C‑434/15 Asociación Profesional Elite Taxi v Uber Systems Spain SL. In a nutshell, the AG was asked to answer four questions concerning two important milestones of the European Union (EU) acquis: the E-commerce Directive of 2000 and the services … Continue reading

General Data Protection Regulation / illegal content / Internet intermediaries / Legitimate interest / Personal data

The CJEU and the concept of ‘legitimate interest’: The case of Rīgas satiksme

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered its awaited judgment on 4 May in the case Valsts policijas Rīgas reģiona pārvaldes Kārtības policijas pārvalde v Rīgas pašvaldības SIA ‘Rīgas satiksme’, answering two related questions: ‘(1)      Must the phrase ‘is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the … third party … Continue reading