Associate Professor in Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Media Law
Norwich, UNITED KINGDOM
His areas of interest are the law of the internet, media law, surveillance, online privacy and social media.
M.Sc., Human Rights
"I think there are signs that the game is changing a bit, and that it might soon become possible that Donald Trump is held to [similar] standards as the rest of us. Small signs, but signs nonetheless," said Paul Bernal, an associate professor in IT, intellectual property and media law at the U.K.'s UEA School of Law.view more
The Independent online
One Twitter user, however, issued a warning. Paul Bernal, who is a UEA associate professor in law according to his bio, said facial recognition technology made the trend a “biometric data grab”, advancing Twitter’s opportunity to sell user information to companies analysing consumer data. He added: “I’m not suggesting you don’t do it, but it would be better if we do it with our eyes open, understanding what’s happening and what kind of trade-offs are being made.”view more
Evening Standard online
Paul Bernal, a UEA Associate Professor in Law, added: "The BBC: ‘save us, save us, you’ll miss us when we’re gone’. Also the BBC: ‘I know, let’s put Nigel Farage on Newsnight to talk about the Corona Virus."view more
Paul Bernal, an Associate Professor in Information Technology and Media Law in the UEA School of Law, said the Tennessee proposal sounded familiar - and is unlikely to work. "This seems like a fair amount of attempts to regulate the internet - a mix of wishful thinking and woeful misunderstanding," Bernal said. "In the U.K. they've been trying to do something like this for a decade, and there's a good reason they've failed. It's easy to legislate, but all-but-impossible to implement."view more
WIRED UK online
Players clearly feel that the use of Red Shell in their games is not right. Unfortunately for them, the legality is somewhat debatable. Paul Bernal, a lecturer in information technology, intellectual property and media law in the UEA School of Law, believes that while Red Shell’s activities feel ethically wrong, the law is not as clear, even with the recent passing of GDPR, which is designed to protect a user’s data and privacy.view more
Privacy on the internet is challenged in a wide variety of ways - from large social media companies, whose entire business models are based on privacy invasion, through the developing technologies of facial recognition, to the desire of governments to monitor our every activity online. But the impact these issues have on our daily lives is often underplayed or misunderstood.
The current ‘fake news’ phenomenon is a modern manifestation of something that has existed throughout history. The difference between what happens now and what has happened before is driven by the nature of the internet and social media – and Facebook in particular.
The Internet, Warts and All asks questions. Why are government digital policies so often out of touch and counter-productive? Why is surveillance law problematic and ineffective - and often defeated in court? Do companies like Google and Facebook really care about freedom of speech? Why are neither laws nor technology companies able to get to grips with trolling?
The right to be forgotten is generally portrayed as a restriction on freedom of speech, but the situation is more complex than this. In some ways the right to be forgotten works in favour of both freedom of speech and access to information – helping both those who wish to have their work accessed and those seeking information. Indeed, as this paper argues, if the right is properly implemented, the benefits to freedom of expression may well outweigh the risks.
This report analyses collective switching in principle and practice, and examines potential uses of a database of disengaged consumers whose construction was recommended by the 2016 Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) investigation report into the energy market.