content regulation / immunities / injunction / Internet intermediaries

Why CG v Facebook Ireland et al might be less odd than anticipated… On Internet intermediaries and monitoring obligations

CG v Facebook Ireland and Joseph McCloskey delivered on 20/02/2015 by the High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland has not always been warmly welcome… in particular by those concerned about the roles and responsibilities of Internet intermediaries in relation to distribution and access to information. Oh Well… Strangely, the CG v Facebook litigation seems … Continue reading

Internet intermediaries / Privacy

Facebook misued private information of convicted sex offender in not removing threatening posts containing his personal information, despite not receiving their web addresses

Facebook “has considerable resources at its disposal and does not require to have spelled out to it on each occasion with inappropriate precision the particular laws of the UK which are in issue and which are being contravened” – Ouch! The High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland recently held that Facebook Ireland misused the … Continue reading

Data protection / Internet intermediaries / Privacy / Right to be forgotten

Google: a data controller as well as an intermediary service provider? Does this make sense? Who cares?

So everyone knows it, Google is polymorphous. It has experienced many different forms: mere facilitator, publisher, hosting provider, caching provider… The latest legal label stuck on its mutant forehead is that of “data controller” and this has been done quite “noisily” by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in its Google Spain … Continue reading

Internet intermediaries / Security

On malicious webpages, hosting providers… and the myth of technological neutrality!

In an article covering the issue of malicious webpages and what techies call ‘drive-by-downloads’, Huw Fryer, Tim Chown and myself suggest that one solution might lie in the imposition upon hosting providers of precautionary duties involving the systematic scanning of the websites they host on their platforms. [The article will be published soon but is … Continue reading