Tag Archives: Freedom of Expression

Right to be Forgotten – High Courts Disagree

On May 12, 2016, The French High Court (“Cour de Cassation”) rendered a short decision stating that the right to be forgotten does not supersede the freedom of press.  In this case, two brothers took legal action against a famous French daily newspaper. The two individuals requested that their respective names be removed from search results … Continue Reading

Facebook, ACLU Argue that “Like” Button is Protected Speech

This week, Facebook and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have filed amicus curiae briefs in the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals arguing that using Facebook’s “Like” button is speech protected by the First Amendment.  The court of appeals is considering whether to overturn a decision by Eastern District of Virginia Judge Raymond A. … Continue Reading

Virginia District Court Issues Significant Ruling Upholding Government Access to Non-Content User Data

by David Fagan and Alex Berengaut On November 10, 2011, Judge Liam O’Grady of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issued a 60-page memorandum opinion in a dispute over the validity of a special court order issued to Twitter for non-content records for certain users connected to the government’s Wikileaks … Continue Reading

Missouri Closer to Repealing Controversial Restrictions on Teachers’ Internet Use

Yesterday, the Missouri State Senate voted unanimously to repeal controversial portions of the state’s Amy Hestir Student Protection Act, which restricts how teachers can use the Internet.  If passed by the state House and signed by the governor, the repeal bill would eliminate restrictions on teachers’ maintenance of non-public “work-related” websites and social networking contact … Continue Reading

In Snyder v. Phelps, Victory for Funeral Picketers

The Supreme Court has issued its second decision touching on privacy issues in a short amount of time.  In Snyder v. Phelps, the Court held that the First Amendment prevents legal sanction against those who protest with offensive slogans on public property within close proximity to a private event.   The Westboro Baptist Church, a … Continue Reading
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