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Paper – Compensation for Breach of the General Data Protection Regulation

O’Dell, Eoin, Compensation for Breach of the General Data Protection Regulation (June 25, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2992351

“Article 82(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provides that any “person who has suffered material or non-material damage as a result of an infringement of this Regulation shall have the right to receive compensation from the controller or processor for the damage suffered”. As a consequence, compliance with the GDPR is ensured through a mutually reinforcing combination of public and private enforcement that blends public fines with private damages. The first part of this article compares and contrasts Article 82(1) GDPR with compensation provisions in other EU Regulations and Directives and with the caselaw of the CJEU on those provisions, and concludes that it is not clear that Article 82(1) GDPR is directly horizontally effective though the Court (eventually, if and when it is asked) is likely to interpret it broadly. This means that the safest course of action at this stage is to provide expressly for a claim for compensation in national law. The second part of this article compares and contrasts the compensation provisions in the Irish government’s General Scheme of the Data Protection Bill 2017 with existing legislation, and concludes that the Heads of the Scheme do not give full effect to Article 82(1) GDPR. Amendments to the Scheme are therefore proposed. Claims for compensation are an important part of the enforcement architecture of the GDPR. Private enforcement will help to discourage infringements of the rights of data subjects; it will make a significant contribution to the protection of privacy and data protection rights in the European Union; and it will help to ensure that the great promise of the GDPR is fully realised.”

Paper – Working on an instructional repository: cataloguer, metadata specialist or something else?

Working on an instructional repository: cataloguer, metadata specialist or something else?. Research Data Librarian (Systems), University of Bath. Catalogue and Index via CILIP, the Library and Information Association (UK). “The Cardiff University repository team is currently part of a wider research support team that includes Open Access funding and advocacy, research analytics, and the recently-established… Continue Reading

EU Commission fines Google €2.42B for abusing dominance as search engine

EU news release: “The European Commission has fined Google €2.42 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service. The company must now end the conduct within 90 days or face penalty payments of up… Continue Reading

Paper – Ad-Blockers: Extortionists or Digital Age Robin Hoods?

Ray, Abhishek and Ghasemkhani, Hossein and Kannan, Karthik Natarajan, Ad-Blockers: Extortionists or Digital Age Robin Hoods? (June 23, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2991805 “As an answer to mitigating the impact of intrusive online advertising on users, ad-blockers have risen in prominence over the past few years. Initially dismissed by the online advertising industry as inconsequential,… Continue Reading

TIME – The 25 Most Influential People on the Internet

“For our third annual roundup of the most influential people on the Internet, TIME sized up contenders by looking at their global impact on social media and their overall ability to drive news…Here’s who made this year’s unranked list“ Continue Reading

Commentary – Here’s Why You Should Simply Give In to Google

Here’s Why You Should Simply Give In to Google, Gavin Phillips, June 19, 2017: “Google powers internet search for just under two-thirds of U.S. adults. Google produces routers, installs fiber connections, and is working on driverless vehicles. Google’s Android is now the mobile operating system of choice for 86 percent of all smartphone users, and well… Continue Reading

Sideways Dictionary makes tech jargon more accessible

Engadget – ‘Sideways Dictionary’ simplifies tech jargon for the masses The Google/Washington Post venture uses analogies to explain “DDoS,” “cookie” and other terms. If you ever get confused about tech jargon (or want to clear up said confusion), a new tool from Google’s Jigsaw incubator and the Washington Post may help. The “Sideways Dictionary” uses… Continue Reading

WH Historical Assoc. Leverages Amazon Web Services to Expand Digitization of Historical Assets

News release: “The White House Historical Association [a private, non-profit organization founded in 1961 by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy]…announced [on June 21, 2017] a new innovative and strategic use of Amazon Web Services (AWS), expanding the Association’s digital archive and making educational materials more accessible to the public through the power of the AWS Cloud. … Continue Reading

ABA – Cloud Ethics Opinions Around the U.S.

ABA Law Practice Division – “Cloud Ethics Opinions – There’s a compelling business case for cloud computing, but can lawyers use it ethically? We’ve compiled these comparison charts to help you make the right decision for your practice. What is Cloud Computing? About This Map Broadly defined, cloud computing (or “Software as a Service”) refers to… Continue Reading

2017 US Government Website Clarity Index

“VisibleThread’s Web Clarity Index is a methodology for measuring the clarity of web content. In 2016, Visible Thread published an Index as a follow-up comparison to a 2011 review of 29 federal agency websites based on clarity of written content. We measured up to 100 pages on each website, across these four dimensions: Readability –… Continue Reading

How Many Cases? Assessing the Comparability of EU Judicial Datasets

Ontanu, Elena Alina and Velicogna, Marco and Contini, Francesco, How Many Cases? Assessing the Comparability of EU Judicial Datasets (June 17, 2017). Presented at the Conference Ius Dicere in a Globalized World XXIV Bi-Annual Colloquium of the Italian Association of Comparative Law (AIDC), Naples, 15-17 June 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2990558 “Efficiency is often considered… Continue Reading

Regulation of Big Data: Perspectives on Strategy, Policy, Law and Privacy

Casanovas, Pompeu and de Koker, Louis and Mendelson, Danuta and Watts, David, Regulation of Big Data: Perspectives on Strategy, Policy, Law and Privacy (June 1, 2017). Health and Technology (2017) DOI 10.1007/s12553-017-0190-6. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2989689 “This article encapsulates selected themes from the Australian Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre’s Law and Policy program. It… Continue Reading