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On the 25th anniversary of his first proposal for what would become the World Wide Web (the “Web”), Sir Timothy John “Tim” Berners-Lee expressed concern at what he sees as the increasing threat that governments and commercial interests pose to the openness and accessibility of the Web. In a wide-ranging interview with the UK’s The Guardian newspaper, Berners-Lee criticized the approach that some lawmakers have taken on issues such as net neutrality and copyright legislation, as well as the decision by some countries to limit access to the wider Internet. He also called for an end to the control that the U.S. Department of Commerce exerts over the Internet Domain Name System.

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The Yomiuri Shimbun has been following a story regarding the November 25, 2010, release by a Tokyo publisher of a book containing Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department anti-terrorism documents that were leaked on the Internet in October.  According to reports, the book (“Leaked Police Terrorism Info: All Data”) contains 469 pages of unedited personal information of foreign residents who are being monitored by Japanese authorities, as well as the names of the police officers involved in the cases and individuals who have cooperated with police investigations.  On November 29, a ...

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In a landmark holding, the Israeli Supreme Court restricted the unmasking of an anonymous defendant on an online defamation case, holding that online anonymity is a constitutional right derived from the right to privacy and free speech.

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Justice Michael Kirby was invited by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (the “OECD”) to open the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the OECD Guidelines on the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data.  Justice Kirby led the group of experts who worked from 1978-1980 to develop the Guidelines, which have formed the basis of modern privacy and data protection law.

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In February 24, 2010, an Italian court in Milan found three Google executives guilty of violating applicable Italian privacy laws.  The executives were accused of violating Italian law by having allowed a video showing an autistic teenager being bullied to be posted online.  The Google executives, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond, Chief Privacy Counsel Peter Fleischer and former Chief Financial Officer George Reyes, were fined and received six-month suspended jail sentences.


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