The Law Society of Ireland's latest free massive open online course (MOOC), dealing with social media and the law, commences today. The five-week course will focus on the Online Safety and Media Regulations Act 2022, online harassment, disinformation/fake news, cancel culture, data privacy, child sa
A record €1.2 billion fine is to be imposed on Facebook owner Meta following GDPR breaches related to personal data transfers between the EU/EEA and the US.
France is on the cusp of adopting new legislation to regulate influencers amid claims some promote financial scams, defective products and dodgy cosmetic procedures.
TikTok has been fined £12.7 million for a number of breaches of data protection law by the UK regulator, including failing to use children's personal data lawfully. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) estimates that TikTok allowed up to 1.4 million UK children under 13 to use its
Utah has become the first state in the US to give parents power over their children's social media in an attempt to stem the use of TikTok and Instagram. Signed by the Republican governor Spencer Cox, the measures grant parents full access to their kids' accounts — including private messages.
A new working group established by government is to draw up a national strategy on countering disinformation by the end of the year, according to reports. Helmed by Martina Chapman, national co-ordinator of Media Literacy Ireland, the working group will also work to improve compliance in Ireland wit
Ireland's privacy watchdog is facing a court battle over its "untenable" decision that a Facebook data leak did not amount to a data breach. The Data Protection Commission (DPC) last year imposed a €265 million fine on Meta Platforms Ireland Limited (MPIL) following its investigation into the d
The Data Protection Commission (DPC) has imposed fines totalling €390 million on Meta Ireland in connection with its Facebook and Instagram platforms. Meta has said it strongly disagrees with the DPC's findings and will "appeal the substance of the decision" in the Irish courts.
Ireland's data protection watchdog has launched an inquiry into media reports of a Twitter data breach affecting millions of users. In a statement issued just before Christmas, the Data Protection Commission (DPC) said it had launched an own-volition inquiry pursuant to section 110 of the Data Prote
Landmark legislation establishing a regulatory framework for online safety overseen by the new Coimisiún na Meán has been signed into law. The Online Safety and Media Regulation Act 2022 will allow for the appointment of an online safety commissioner empowered to make binding online sa
Facebook owner Meta is set to be told it cannot force users of its services to agree to personalised ads in what privacy campaigners have said will be a "huge blow to Meta's profits in the EU". The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) yesterday said it had adopted three binding decisions addressing
New EU rules regulating large online platforms classified as "digital gatekeepers" have come into force and will be implemented within months. The EU Digital Markets Act (DMA) was proposed by the European Commission in December 2020 and agreed by the European Parliament in record time in March 2022.
Irish and US law firms are in talks about bringing a major lawsuit against social media platforms over their alleged failure to protect the privacy and data of billions of people. Media lawyer Paul Tweed confirmed to Irish Legal News that he is in talks with a number of large US-based firms about br
A draft decision in a large-scale investigation of a Facebook data breach has been submitted by Ireland's data protection watchdog to other EU authorities. The Data Protection Commission (DPC) commenced the inquiry into Meta Platforms Ireland Limited (MPIL), which operates Facebook, in April 2021 af