Category Archives for "Court cases"

GDPR court decisions still only a trickle: there might be a deluge yet

Court decisions relating to privacy since GDPR came into force have not exactly been pouring out. But some key decisions have been made. Right now, it feels like regulators are waging a phoney war – it won’t last. We have seen more than nothing, but is there anything to startle the world?

Read article: GDPR court decisions still only a trickle: there might be a deluge yet

ICANN loses injunction bid in dispute over WHOIS data in Germany

A German appeal’s court has rejected a bid from the internet’s global domain name organisation, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), to force a domain name registrar in the country to collect additional personal data.

Source: ICANN loses injunction bid in dispute over WHOIS data in Germany

Facebook sued over Brexit campaign data breach

Campaign group Fair Vote U.K. announced Saturday that it is preparing a lawsuit against Facebook on behalf of users whose data was used by the tech giant without their consent during the Brexit referendum campaign. The suit follows the leak of an interim report on fake news from the culture, media and sport select committee that underlined the ease with which companies could harvest user data without consent.

Source: Facebook sued over Brexit campaign data breach – POLITICO

Supreme Court to hear Facebook appeal over data transfers referral

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an unprecedented appeal by Facebook over a High Court judge’s decision to refer to the European Court of Justice (CJEU) key issues concerning the validity of EU-US data transfer channels.

Source: Supreme Court to hear Facebook appeal over data transfers referral

Facebook Biometric Suit Moves Forward

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently ruled that a certified class action on behalf of Illinois Facebook users alleging that the social network unlawfully collects biometric data from photo tagging will go forward, denying both parties’ summary judgment motions.

Source: Facebook Biometric Suit Moves Forward

Singer Cliff Richard wins BBC privacy case at High Court

The singer Sir Cliff Richard is awarded £210,000 in damages after the BBC breached his privacy with its reporting of a police raid at his home. Sir Cliff claimed his right to privacy under the Human Rights Act had been violated while the BBC argued that the same act protects freedom of expression.

Source: Cliff Richard: Singer wins BBC privacy case at High Court – BBC News

UK High Court decision on RTBF in relation to past criminal offenses

On April 13, the High Court of England and Wales handed down judgment in the joined cases of NT 1 & NT 2 v Google LLC. The cases address the scope of a person’s right to have results about them delisted by the Google search engine when no longer relevant, in line with the 2014 Court of Justice of the European Union ruling in the Google Spain case.

Court decided that in each case a careful assessment is needed that pays due regard to the particular facts. In cases of minor conviction that happened a long time ago persons shall be granted rights to be delisted, while in case of serious offense society’s interest remains even after the sentence is served.

Source: UK High Court decision on RTBF in relation to past criminal offenses

EU court rules religious communities are data controllers

Court of Justice of European Union (CJEU) ruled, on July 10, that religious community, such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, is a controller, jointly with its members who engage in preaching, for the processing of personal data carried out by the latter in the context of door-to-door preaching. Thus the processing of personal data carried out in the context of such activity must respect the rules of EU law on the protection of personal data.

Source: CJEU Judgment in Case C-25/17 Tietosuojavaltuutettu v Jehovan todistajat

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