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Court of Justice Decision "A Win" for Privacy

PRIVACY LAW—EU

February 16, 2012

A European Court of Justice decision on filtering online content is a "win" for privacy, The Inquirer reports. In Sabam v. Netlog, the court found, "The owner of an online social network cannot be obliged to install a general filtering system, covering all its users, in order to prevent the unlawful use of musical and audio-visual work." The ruling follows an early decision involving another ISP, and in both cases, the court has indicated "there is a requirement to strike a fair balance between the right to intellectual property...and the privacy right to protection of personal data," the report states.
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