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Judge To Hear Argument That Act Violates Directives

PRIVACY LAW—EU

November 2, 2011

A UK judge has said that BT and TalkTalk's argument that the UK's Digital Economy Act (DEA) violates EU laws on liability for communications made over the Internet may be successful, Out-Law.com reports. Though BT and TalkTalk lost a High Court challenge earlier this year, a judge says he will hear an argument that the act may breach the Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive and the Data Protection Directive, among other laws. The ISPs' appeal has been found to be "justified because the opinion of the judge who ruled on the legality of the processing in April differed from that of the EU's privacy watchdog, the European Data Protection Supervisor," the report states. 
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