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The Right to be Forgotten: Grappling with Practicalities (Part 2)

The Right to be Forgotten: Grappling with Practicalities (Part 2)

In the last post we charted the development of the regulatory environment following the advent of the so-called ‘right to be forgotten’ (RTBF) following the landmark Costeja judgment. In this...
The Right to be Forgotten: European Reactions (Part 1)

The Right to be Forgotten: European Reactions (Part 1)

On 13 May 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down judgment in Google Spain SL and Google Inc. v AEPD and Costeja (Costeja). This case...
The Safe Harbour Decision May be a Reaction Against the Snowdon Revelations, but the Direction of Travel is Clear

The Safe Harbour Decision May be a Reaction Against the Snowdon Revelations, but the Direction of Travel is Clear

Data protection law, once the preserve of tragic anoraks with too much time on their hands (in the words of one prominent practitioner) has in recent months become a powerful...
Tyco: Travel, Working Time, Wages and the Route to Casualisation

Tyco: Travel, Working Time, Wages and the Route to Casualisation

As casualisation strategies proliferate in the wake of the global crisis, techniques are being devised to exclude discrete time-periods from the working day. Travel time is a disputed zone, especially...
USDAW v Ethel Austin in the ECJ

USDAW v Ethel Austin in the ECJ

The recent judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-80/14, USDAW v Woolworths (30 April 2015) is a further indication that social Europe is no longer its cherished offspring....
One May Not Retain Personal Data Forever: The Judgment in Google Spain

One May Not Retain Personal Data Forever: The Judgment in Google Spain

The Court of Justice of the European Union recently held in Google Spain that an individual may, in some cases, request that Google take down personal information from its search...
CJEU Holds the Data Retention Directive Invalid

CJEU Holds the Data Retention Directive Invalid

In joined cases C-293/12 and C-594/12, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that Directive 2006/24/EC on the retention of data by service providers for the purposes of...
The CJEU’s Ruling in AMS and the Horizontal Effect of the Charter

The CJEU’s Ruling in AMS and the Horizontal Effect of the Charter

In its judgment in AMS (15 January 2014), the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled on whether the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the...
XYZ or HJ: How do EU and UK refugee law stack up on identity issues?

XYZ or HJ: How do EU and UK refugee law stack up on identity issues?

The purpose of refugee law is to give sanctuary to people fleeing persecution because of some aspect of their identity. But to what extent, if at all, should people be...
When does the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights apply? The case of Fransson and why we should care

When does the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights apply? The case of Fransson and why we should care

The recognition of fundamental rights as part of the general principles of EU law by the Court of Justice of the EU is not novel. The Court had already accepted...
Kadi II: Fundamental Rights and International Terrorism

Kadi II: Fundamental Rights and International Terrorism

In its judgment in Kadi II (18 July 2013), the Court of Justice of the European Union (Grand Chamber) sought to ascertain the content of procedural rights of suspected terrorists...

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