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The right to national self-determination

The right to national self-determination

While doing some thinking as part of my work on AEIP, I wondered where the “right of national self-determination” came from. It is not defined in the UN Charter, the UNDHR or the European Convention although on thinking about it, these were all written by Nation States and so they would not be keen to concede such rights. It may also be partly caused by the liberal antipathy to social rights, such as the right to freedom from poverty. For more see below/overleaf. …

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Copyright law and streaming

Copyright law and streaming

Kevin Brennan MP, introduced a private member’s bill earlier this year to establish the right to ‘equitable’ remuneration for musicians and composers for use of their material on streaming platforms. It would seem that this is an attempt to implement a series of recommendations from the DCMS Select Committee. (I think the bill will fail to leave the Commons as most private member’s bill do.) See below/overleaf for more notes and links.

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The EU’s data strategy

The EU’s data strategy

Just come off an IAPP webinar called, “The EU’s Strategy for Data: What the DSA, DMA, DGA mean for privacy”. These stand for Digital Services/Market/Governance Acts. I wonder if this the EU’s equivalence of the UK’s Data: A new direction. Much of the seminar, or the bit I stayed for was does this conflict with the GDPR. The answer is probably; it will certainly increase the cost of compliance.  I have written a couple of times here and on my linkedin blog that I believe the Commission has always been more aligned with business need and the needs of the security services where as the Parliament and the A29WP and its successor the EDPSB have been more pro-citizen. Both are concerned about the market dominance of the US datenkraken, but that boat has probably sailed. Here are my noted and links. …

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Subsidiarity and proportionality

Subsidiarity and proportionality

This article has become my notes on the TEU/TFEU. It started on the limitations that the EU’s principle of Subsidiarity places on it, I was specifically interested in the limitation it places on the member states. Sadly there are none, Here are my notes …

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Class Actions on Privacy

Class Actions on Privacy

The Supreme Court has blocked a class action against Google claiming breach of privacy. This could be mega. I need to understand if making a class action requires a proof of harm as I was of the view that a breach of rights was enough, although we have written the CFR out of our law via Brexit. As ever my notes …

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57 Varieties

57 Varieties

I used to have fun describing the Trotskyist sects as the 57 varieties, here’s two things to help understand its schismatic history.  Read more  …