Today, European Information Society Institute filed its third party intervention before the European Court of Human Rights in the Satamedia case.
The decision of the Grand Chamber will be very important for the future of data journalism in Europe. We have therefore decided to illustrate to the Court how over-strict application of privacy laws can limit socially benefitial freedom of expression.
The brief was prepared by four excellent students of Tilburg Law School (Cora Arts, Diana van Wanrooij) and Stanford Law School (Laurel Elizabeth Mills, Eric Dunn) as a part of a Legal Clinic under supervision of Professors from Tilburg University (Martin Husovec, Karolina La Fors) and Stanford University (Phil Malone, Daphne Keller).
In our submission, we address: (i) the impact that this decision may have on technologies that help journalists use data to impart new, useful information to the public, (ii) the need to balance the rights of freedom of expression and privacy in a way that leaves space for journalists to innovate using these technologies, and (iii) the ways in which this Court’s existing precedents can be recalibrated to account for these important interests.