Welcome to the Media Law Roundup, a survey of the week’s developing media news.
North Korea deleted or altered tens of thousands of articles which previously mentioned Kim Jong Un’s executed uncle Jang Song Thaek. Just hours after the execution, while several state run news sources were experiencing outages, hundreds of articles disappeared, and by the next day each one had been deleted or altered. Because it’s impossible to archive or link to articles on the country’s database, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), this type of revisionism is possible. North Korea news analyst Frank Feinstein argued that this is “definitely the largest ‘management’ of its online archive that North Korea has engaged in since it went online. No question.”
Spain’s data protection watchdog ordered Google on Thursday to pay 900,000-euro fine for “serious violations” of users’ privacy. According to the agency, “Google unlawfully collects and processes personal information of users.” Additionally, the agency argued that Google’s policy did not clearly inform users of the way it collects data. This is not the first time Google’s privacy policies have been questioned in Europe, despite the company’s insistence that its policy respects European law.
According to Azerbaijan’s Copyright Agency Chairman Kamran Imanov, the country is implementing a new plan to protect copyright online. An Intellectual Property Rights Center under the Copyright Agency has been tasked with implementing state policy on copyright protection, implementing a new system of digital monitoring and licensing. This new plan is not focused on new legislation, but on creating a culture of respect toward copyright online.
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