Category Archives: Privacy

Copyright Privacy

CJEU Endorses ‘Notice and Stay Down’ For Illegal Online Content


In a major ruling on October 3, 2019, the CJEU in Case C-18/18 – Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek v Facebook Ireland Limited, held that national courts may direct injunctions against online content-hosting intermediaries like Facebook, which require the intermediary to block the specific content globally, as well as blocking identical or equivalent content or information. This marks a crucial turn in online content regulation in the EU, as it explicitly endorses a ‘notice-and-stay down’ standard for content removal, and endorses upload filters…


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Overlaps in IP Privacy

Just (Let) Google (Do) It: Updates on the Right to Be Forgotten from the European Union


In two significant judgements made on September 24, 2019, the top court of the European Union, the CJEU, has deliberated upon the scope of the delisting and de-indexing requirements (otherwise known as the Right to Be Forgotten (‘RTBF’)) to be followed by search engine operators under the EU’s data protection laws, including the Data Protection Directive as well as the more recent General Data Protection Regulation. In Google v CNIL, the Court has held that EU law does not require…


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Privacy

Hello Identity, Are You There? It’s Me, the Right of Publicity!


When FaceApp took the Internet by storm, there was furor over its broadly worded privacy policy. FaceApp is not alone, as there is similar backlash against Facebook’s vaguely worded terms. For instance, take a look at this term in Facebook’s policy: “Permission to use your name, profile picture, and information about your actions with ads and sponsored content: You give us permission to use your name and profile picture and information about actions you have taken on Facebook next to…


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Competition Law Drug Regulation Privacy

All You Need to Know About the New CCI Policy on Healthcare-Part II


I had written a post few days ago covering the main highlights of the CCI’s press release on its Policy Note on healthcare. In my post, I had summarized and explained the main aspects of the Note (covered by the press release) and observed that though the Policy Note doesn’t really bring in many new recommendations, it does pay heed to the current shift from price control mechanisms to rationalisation of trade margins. With the recent release of the Policy…


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Privacy

Is There a Hidden Indictment of the Aadhaar in the Justice Sri Krishna Committee Report?


We’re pleased to bring to you a guest post by Adarsh Ramanujan. Adarsh is an advocate primarily assisting clients as a litigation attorney. He has recently started his own counsel practice with offices in Delhi and Chennai after having spent consideraaadble time with Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan at their New Delhi and Geneva offices. He obtained his B.Sc. LL.B. (Hons.) degree (Gold Medalist) from National Law University, Jodhpur  and LL.M. degree from University of California, Berkeley. He is a qualified Patent Agent…


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Privacy

Of Privacy, Accountability and an Atrocity called Aadhaar: Whither Legal Liability?


Privacy continues to remain a contested subject matter. I don’t mean contests over the bounds of privacy (particularly in the digital milieu), but a contest that is rather specific to IP: does privacy really count as a species of IP? IP lawyers (and I count myself as part of this blessed breed) are a covetous lot: seeking to constantly expand our kitty of IP kinds. In fact, so influential is our lot in India that unlike the rest of the world,…


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Privacy

SpicyIP Fellowship 2018-19: A Case for Creating ‘Identity Rights’ for Digital Identities in India


We’re happy to bring you another guest post by our Fellowship applicant Prarthana Patnaik. Prarthana is a 4th year student at National Law University, Odisha. This is her second submission for the Fellowship. A Case for Creating ‘Identity Rights’ for Digital Identities in India Prarthana Patnaik In the era of the Aadhar, demonetization, blockchain and other technological advancements, ‘digital identities’ are gaining increasing prominence. The World Bank defines ‘digital identities’ as “a set of electronically captured and stored attributes and…


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Privacy

Privacy, Publicity and Media Mistakes


Tis’ one of the most enduring paradoxes. That our right to privacy verdict became one of the most “public” ever! The sheer number of public comments that sprung up in its wake is testament to this sentiment. At last count, there appeared to be more than 300 articles and commentaries on this judgment alone; all within a span of a month or so! In fact, just a week or so back, we at IDIA did a full panel on privacy…


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Privacy

Content Neutrality of the Self: Criminals Be Warned!


Here at SpicyIP, we’re a bunch of zealous IP nerds and geeks. Think of us as a Comic-con for IP, but running all through the year. One of the topics that has got us into a tizzy recently is that of content neutrality in IP. Just look at our track record this past year: We had one of the most distinguished IP Judges in India, Justice Gautam Patel, write for us on content neutrality in Copyrights. This was followed by…


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Privacy

The Supreme Court’s Privacy Judgment Elevates Personality Rights to the Constitutional Plane


In a landmark judgment delivered on August 24, 2017 a bench of 9 judges of the Supreme Court in the case of Justice K. S. Puttaswamy (Retd.) v. Union of India has clarified that all Indians have a fundamental right to privacy under Article 21 of the Constitution. I use the word ‘clarify’ because smaller benches of the Supreme Court have previously proceeded on the assumption that privacy has always been a fundamental right under the Indian Constitution. These judgments…


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