The new standard contract clauses: what you need to know right now

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The European Commission has published a new set of standard contract clauses. They're also in the Official Journal, as of 7 June 2021. If you are subject to the GDPR and you are involved — whether Read more

Must all UK Internet access providers keep records of which websites I visit?

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This blogpost addresses a common claim, that all UK Internet access providers are required to retain everything about their subscribers' or users' activities. Every packet they shift, every web page Read more

The EU's "terrorist content" regulation and what it means for UK hosting providers

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The European Parliament has adopted (deemed approved) a regulation addressing the dissemination of terrorist content online. The stated aim of the Regulation is to "address the misuse of hosting Read more

Understanding the Data Protection Act's national security and defence exemption

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1 This post covers the Data Protection Act 2018's national security and defence exemption. Most controllers will never need to rely on this but, if you do, it's a useful provision, and one which you Read more

Five things to take from the European Parliament's response to the Commission on the GDPR

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The European Parliament has published its report on the European Commission's report on the implementation of the GDPR, which the Commission published two years after its application. Yes, it's a Read more

Drafting clearer contracts, and why you should care

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Last week, I completed the eighth and final week of Ken Adams's "Drafting Clearer Contracts: Masterclass". The course is described as "Sophisticated online training in drafting clearer contracts", Read more

Unpicking the "making children as safe as they are offline" fallacy

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When discussing Internet regulation, one often hears the trope that the Internet must be made "as safe as the offline world". Indeed, the outgoing Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, gave a Read more

Online harms and the role of intermediaries as enforcers

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1 In my last blog post, I commented on the UK government's current proposals to impose obligations on a hugely broad range of online actors, thanks to the proposals' extra-territorial scope. This Read more

"Online harms": an extra-territorial over-reach?

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1 tl;dr Without changing the very essence of the services they provide, it would be close to impossible for any service provider, anywhere in the world, which permits the posting of user-generated Read more

The law firm and the Streisand Effect

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1 tl;dr A former client left one negative review of a law firm. The law firm sued. The court held the review was defamatory, and ordered it to be removed. The court's judgment was published, and the Read more