Wednesday, 15 June 2016

EU Code of Conduct Against Illegal Online Hate Speech

EU-Commission, PM IP/16/1937 of 31/5/2016

The EU Commission together with Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and YouTube have published a Code of Conduct which contains a number of obligations to tackle illegal online hate speech in Europe. By signing this Code the aforementioned IT companies commit to a sustainable internal hate-speech policy which shall lead to a review and deletion of illegal online hate speeches within 24 hours as well as the closing down of illegally used accesses to those communication platforms.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Companies Fined For Not Replacing Safe Harbor

Hamburg Data Protection Agency

After the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the Safe Harbor program is invalid, the European DPAs granted companies a transitory period until February to migrate from the Safe Harbor to other legal tools for their international data transfers, in particular by implementing Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs) or the Model Contractual Clauses.
The Hamburg Data Protection Agency (DPA), which effectively takes the lead in the German DPAs' response to Safe Harbour and the Privacy Shield, recently investigated 35 companies. It found significant shortcomings in that respect and has started to fine those for not having appropriate replacements for the Safe Harbor in place after the expiration of the permitted grace period.