Publishing candid street photography may fall foul of the General Data Protection Regulation introduced in May 2018, a number of writers have speculated. Facial features and even the fact that someone was in a particular location are now classed as personal data, meaning consent must be sought for “processing” images: a problem for photographers whose work involves snapping unsuspecting people. The impact of the law will become clear over time. Read more
All websites – including personal blogs and student sites must comply with the new (in 2018) General Data Protection Regulation, says a guide published by WordPress. Nearly all collect personal data – for instance, when someone subscribes. Read the guide here.
The European Convention on Human Rights has taken away many long-established media freedoms in Britain “without a moment’s debate in Parliament”, says Press Gazette’s Cleland Thom. He lists 13 examples here. A Bill of Rights, proposed by Conservatives, could give US-style protection for media freedom, he says.
A review of changes to media law in 2014 has been published by HoldTheFrontPage. It addresses defamation and the uncertainty over the public interest test, as well as data protection. Read more
Note: this story was uploaded to Media Law Matters before the implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation directive, which toughens up data protection law, from May 2018.
An artist asked Google to hide a “positive” story about his early work from searches, because his painting style had changed. A paper called it “absurd” (HoldTheFrontPage). Read more