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  • Critical Hit

    The idea of using facial recognition hits at one of the key elements of this debate; the balance between safety and privacy. European and canadian courts have ruled that facebook may not use facial recognition as it breaches citizens privacy and it has been stripped out of all their photo products. Google is also facing a lawsuit in the us for similar reasons. Even the easy sounding solutions hit upon complex legal and cultural problems.

  • euobserver

    Delany also saw a task in “educating” policymakers, because there were “some common misconceptions” about the collaborative economy. “These guys are accused of being in the Wild West and flouting laws and regulations, that kind of thing, but the reality is that the general construct of business regulation applies to sharing or collaborative economy companies as much as it does to anybody else,” Delany said. “We are already part of economy. The laws that apply there still apply,” he added. “We just have to look at: how do we re-interpret and consider these companies now that the scale of this operation has changed and it's become a competitor to traditional services.” Several companies that see themselves as part of the collaborative economy have gone to court to challenge local bans. “We're not calling for new regulation to particularly suit the collaborative economy,” said Delany. “What we are asking for is existing European legislation to be applied correctly,” he noted, adding that some local laws that were adopted in response to the sharing economy were protectionist, and created “unnatural barriers” to enter the market.

  • euobserver

    “So far the cases are trending favourably toward the collaborative economy companies as a whole,” says Luc Delany from the collaborative economy forum EUCoLab. “I think it’s helpful to refer to the ECJ, but it would be preferable if the national courts felt able to interpret for themselves,” he added. Delany says that existing EU legislation, such as the services directive and rules on distance selling, should be enough to resolve these cases. “EU regulation is helpful at the moment and we don’t need anything new. What we need is consistent application of European legislation.”

  • RTE Radio

    Among the most serious issues is the fact that, apart from so much news being “fake”, much of what is circulated is downright illegal, routinely violating defamation laws. But how is it allowed to exist, in those circumstances? According to Luc Delany. ‘Whenever Facebook is informed that something is illegal, they are under an obligation to take action. They are not obliged to pre-screen content. They are an information society service; they have a hosting liability exemption. And that’s how the entire Internet works. If every site was liable for the content, then e-mail wouldn’t be able to exist, neither would Facebook or Twitter.’

  • BBC

    French presidential contender Emmanuel Macron has said he wants to see Europe reform. Sophie Pedder from The Economist has spent the day with Mr Macron's rival, Marine Le Pen, and tells us how she is trying to make the election a choice between France and finance. British politicians say social media companies like Twitter and Facebook need to do more to protect their users from illegal content. Naz Shah is a member of parliament who has been examining the issue, and we hear from Luc Delany, who was Facebook's European policy manager. The price of avocados has doubled in the past year. Chris White is editor of Fruitnet, a trade magazine for the fruit industry, and explains why. The BBC's Edwin Lane reports from Japan on a guest worker scheme that some argue amounts to a form of human trafficking. Plus the BBC's Alex Ritson reports on how tea's status as Britain's national drink is coming under threat.