Jusletter IT

Dear Readers,

Priorities in this Jusletter IT are issues of data protection, copyright laws, e-commerce, the judiciary computer science (e-Justice), public procurement, human rights and media law.

Privacy is – since the submission of the draft of the new General Data Protection Regulation by the European Commission on 25 January 2012 – a very current issue of legal informatics. At present, the question, whether an adoption is still possible in this term of Parliament, arises. «Big Data» stands for the new challenges in privacy and gives priority to the economic value of the data. A property right could help here, especially for improving the question of the usefulness.

With Rolf H. Weber, an outstanding author has touched the problem of Big Data (Big Data: Sprengkörper des Datenschutzrechts?). Renate Riedl takes the important issue of practical handling of requests for information (Praktischer Umgang mit Auskunftsbegehren gemäß § 26 DSG 2000 für Unternehmen). Ursula Uttinger deals with «private regulation through certification»: Datenschutzzertifizierungen – Entwicklungen im deutschsprachigen Raum. Alex Schweizer discusses the new General Data Protection Regulation (Die neue EU-Datenschutzverordnung wird kommen: Ein Kurzüberblick über markante Eckpunkte). Christian Tautschnig brings a first analysis of Data Protection Implications of E-Disclosure in (Online-) Arbitration.

The new media brings new problems that must be solved with old concepts. This requires increased jurisprudential analysis in the transitional period. Three articles deal with such topics: Peter Studer: Das Öffentlichkeitsgesetz (BGÖ) ist heute ein Werkzeug für investigative Journalisten; Clemens Thiele: Scripted Reality – Alte Persönlichkeitsrechte gegen neue Fernsehformate; Verena Stolz: Bekannte Marke als zulässiges Keyword?

Elisabeth Hödl discusses electronic helpers: Software-Agenten: juristische Praxis und rechtliche Einordnung.

Nicole Beranek Zanon discusses the liability according to civil law about copyright infringement under Swiss law (Zivilrechtliche Haftung bei Urheberrechtsverletzungen nach Schweizer Recht) and takes a closer look at paralleles to the ruling of the German Federal Court relating to File-Hosters.

The judgement «Delfi» brings developments in the appropriate liability for Internet Service Providers: Joanna Kulesza: Delfi v. Estonia before the ECHR – editorial liability for Internet service providers? Based on media law approaches for publishers, the ECHR comes to a liability, if no convincing measures are taken to prevent the deterioration of any individual right.

Nuscha Wieczorek deals with legal aspects of school «gossip» among students: Voraussetzungen zulässiger schulischer Disziplinargewalt über Meinungsäusserungen von Schülern im Internet.

A Swiss specialty are the terms and conditions of SIK (Swiss computer science conference), an association of computer science users in the field of public administration: Urs Egli and Michael Merz: Die Bedeutung der AGB SIK bei Informatikbeschaffungen der öffentlichen Hand.

The increasing use of IT in e-Justice opens the discussion of impairment of their decision-making autonomy: Christoph Spindler: E-Justice im Verhältnis zur richterlichen Unabhängigkeit (secondary publication following «Justice - Justiz - Giustizia» 2013/3).

Two contributions are focussing on technical legal informatics: Fritjof Haft treats the information aspect: Von der Akte zur Information and Andreas Glarner and Stefanie Debrunner are attending to 3D printing technologies: 3D-Drucktechnologien (secondary publication following Jusletter 2 September 2013).

Furthermore, Vytautas Čyras and Friedrich Lachmayer are applying to the Extended Legal Thesaurus: Legal Terms as a Modally Indifferent Substrate.

Having said this, we hope you enjoy reading this issue

Wien/Bern, in December 2013