Current Developments

Filtering fundamental rights

The European Union’s balancing of intellectual property and the freedom to receive information

The legislation process of the “Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market” has been accompanied by many unusual events, such as a – later removed – communication by the Commission containing insults of the opponents of the reform; a video published by the social media account of the Parliament defending the draft (before an actual vote by the parliament and created by one of the firmest lobbyist groups for the …

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Current Developments

Schrems – Towards a High Standard of Data Protection for European Citizens

It has been almost six weeks since the ECJ handed down its groundbreaking Schrems judgment. This post reflects upon the institutional practices and scholarly discussion following the judgment. The Court held the transfer of data to the US based on the Commission’s safe harbor decision illegal as it violates the essence of the right to privacy. It refrained from setting a grace period. As the judgment concerns many large companies, one …

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