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German Commission Orders Facebook to Allow Fake Names

By Annie Woodworth – Edited by Ariane Moss

Last Tuesday, the Hamburg Data Protection Authority, a German regulatory body, ordered Facebook to lift its policy prohibiting users from choosing pseudonyms. Although there was some dispute over whether the order applied to Facebook, the social media giant agreed to change the policy and issued an apology.


Posted On Aug - 4 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Russia’s “Right To Be Forgotten” and China’s Right To Be Protected: New Privacy and Security Legislation

By Brittany Doyle – Edited by Ken Winterbottom

The legislatures in Russia and China took steps this month to tighten regulations over Internet companies with access to user data. In Russia, President Vladmir Putin signed a law ensuring a “right to be forgotten” reminiscent of the European Court of Justice’s right to be forgotten ruling of May 2014. And in China, the National People’s Congress released a draft cybersecurity bill that would formalize and strengthen the State’s long-standing regulation of websites and network operators.


Posted On Jul - 20 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Pass the Patented Peas, Please: EPO Upholds Plant Product Patents

By Amanda Liverzani – Edited by Paulius Jurcys

Everything’s coming up roses for plant patent holders, following the European Patent Office’s recent endorsement of patents for tomato and broccoli plants.  In a March 25, 2015 decision, the Enlarged Board of Appeal held that the European Patent Convention’s Article 53(b) prohibition on patents for production of plants by “essentially biological processes . . . does not have a negative effect on the allowability of a product claim directed to plants.”


Posted On Apr - 13 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Australian Parliament Passes Data Retention Law Requiring Storage of User Metadata

By Jenny Choi – Edited by Katherine Kwong

On March 26, 2015, the Australian Senate passed the Telecommunications Amendment Bill 2015. The bill requires the Internet Service Providers (“ISPs”) and telecommunication providers to encrypt and retain user metadata for two years, and prohibits a person from disclosing or using information about the existence or non-existence of a warrant. The purpose of the Bill is to ensure national security and provide law enforcement agencies adequate access to the information they need.


Posted On Apr - 6 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

EU Court of Justice Hears Oral Arguments in Facebook Privacy Case

By Sheri Pan – Edited by Anton Ziajka

The Court of Justice of the European Union heard oral arguments in a case challenging the legality of transfers of European data to U.S. companies like Facebook. The complaint alleges that, in light of the Snowden leaks of the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program, the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor agreement does not comply with EU Directive 95/46, which requires EU member states to ensure that data is being transferred to a country that provides an “adequate level of protection” for the data.


Posted On Apr - 1 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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