The Fediverse meets the DSA

Some users are moving away from centralized platforms, such as Instagram or X, to federated social media platforms, sometimes collectively called the Fediverse. The Fediverse refers to a collection of interconnected, decentralized social media platforms bringing power back to users by letting them create their own server. The EU has meanwhile adopted the Digital Services… Read more

Policy brief on the legal obstacles to the Right to Repair

The European right to repair refers to a set of policies and regulations aimed at ensuring thatconsumers have the ability to repair and maintain the products they purchase. These policies aredesigned to counteract a trend toward products becoming more difficult to repair, due to e.g.,design choices, software locks, and a lack of access to spare… Read more

Complaint against discrimination with job ads by Facebook

Facebook’s ad platform often shows job ads based on historical gender stereotypes, NGO Global Witness found when they placed genderneutral ads on the platform and reviewed the data. Ads for pilots and mechanics were shown mostly to men; ads for preschool teachers mostly to women. Global Witness together with female rights’ organisation Clara Wichmann filed… Read more

ILP Lab advises Dutch government on algorithmic transparency

Algorithms have a lot of impact on our lives. But we often know little about they way they work. The Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security engaged the ILP Lab to perform a study on transparency with regard to automated decision making. Student researchers used a case study on dating apps to review to what… Read more

ILP Lab investigates app tracking for noyb

The ILP Lab today published a report on privacy issues surrounding app tracking for the European privacy organisation noyb. When developers create apps, they often use building blocks made by other companies. Many of these building blocks, called software development kits (SDKs), contain tracking technologies which gather privacy-sensitive data. The ILP Lab investigated the privacy… Read more

ILP Lab publishes report on children and social media for Consumentenbond

On behalf of the Dutch Consumer Organisation (Consumentenbond), the ILP Lab drafted a report regarding the data protection of children on social media platforms. Under the GDPR, platforms must offer ‘specific protection’ to children with regard to the processing of their personal data (recital 38 GDPR). The GDPR provides little guidance on the interpretation of… Read more

ILP Lab together with EDRi concludes data retention is still invalid

The ILP Lab drafted a report for European Digital Rights initiative (EDRi) on mandatory data retention in Europe. Although the Data Retention Directive was invalidated thanks to legal action brought forward by EDRi member Digital Rights Ireland, many of the national implementations of the defunct Directive remain in place with no prospective of invalidation. Data… Read more

No duty to restrict end-to-end encryption under child protection rules

End-to-end encryption is applied in various communication services. It provides secure communications and affords its users privacy. However, encryption also makes it difficult for law enforcement to detect and investigate the distribution of images of child sexual abuse via these services. In this report, the ILP Lab investigates whether states have a positive obligation to… Read more

ILP Lab provides recommendations on social media councils

In this position paper, the ILP Lab provides recommendations on the structure of ‘social media councils’ (SMCs), a self-regulatory initiative to address online content moderation issues. In short, an SMC should be structured as follows:● It should contain an appeal mechanism which is in principle accessible to all users;● It should apply a broad human… Read more

ILP Lab designs duty of care to protect against social media censorship

The ILP Lab today published a policy paper on how platforms can be obliged to prevent censorship. Student-researchers from the Lab propose a duty of care for intermediaries, such as hosting providers, to protect the fundamental rights of their subscribers and others affected by the information they host. This “User Protection Duty” is necessary to… Read more