New data regulations proposed by the civil liberties committee of the European Parliament are raising concerns by publishers and journalists. The regulations aim to strengthen personal privacy, but they also require that journalists prove to administrators of the regulations there is a legitimate interest in obtaining materials and to gain consent of those mentioned in articles or featured in photos to use the material. The regulations also permit citizens the right to erase material from the Web, a matter bound to engender media opposition. The Columbia Journalism Review notes the regulations now move to member countries to deal with specific wording before a vote is held some time next year.
A new British poll suggests the public is much more optimistic than the craft of journalism is about the future of investigative journalism. The YouGov poll indicates about 29 per cent of the public was not optimistic about the survival of investigative work, while 62 per cent of journalists were. The Guardian reports the findings were released at a London panel on journalism where editors expressed concerns about state power and access to information.
Facebook has reversed its stance for the second time and removed from its network a violent video that featured a beheading. The social network had argued a day earlier that the video should remain because it did not wish to impinge on free expression. Initially when the video surfaced in May it had been taken down. AllThingsDigital reports that Facebook finally decided this wasn't the test case to determine where to draw the line.