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Europe Data Protection Digest | ECHR rules Hungarian news website not liable for hyperlinking to defamatory content Related reading: Senate committee calls for privacy law updates in response to Statistics Canada plan

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The European Court of Human Rights ruled Hungarian news website 444.hu should not be liable for hyperlinking to defamatory content, the Press Gazette reports. The website posted an article in 2013 about football supporters who shouted racist remarks. The article included a hyperlink to a YouTube video where a community leader said the people who said the remarks were members of the Jobbik political party. After the members sued, the High Court ordered the website to take down the page. The website filed a complaint with Hungary’s Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of 444.hu, a ruling the ECHR upheld. The website argued that Hungary’s Civil Code makes it impossible for news outlets to report on controversial matters, as they could only publish information “the veracity of which they had established beyond any doubt.” Editor's Note: The IAPP has recently released the Content Moderation Digest.
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