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Comment: Re:Be Still, My Heart (Score 4, Informative) 38

by pjt33 (#49239931) Attached to: Court Overturns Dutch Data Retention Law, Privacy More Important

The short answer is that a national judge's ruling doesn't directly affect other countries, although it could indirectly affect them if it leads to an appeal to a European court and their ruling clarifies the law in a way which is incompatible with other countries' implementations.

The longer answer: EU law works by means of "directives" which each country then implements in its national law. Each directive comes with a deadline to implement it, although typically most countries miss the deadline. But in principle the European Commission can sue a country which fails to implement a directive, and fines can be levied. The issue here is that the Dutch implementation of the Data Retention Directive went further than the minimal requirements, and the judge has ruled it incompatible with other European law. (It's not clear from either of the articles whether that was the Data Protection Directive or the European Convention on Human Rights*).

The two main options now would be that the Dutch government appeals to a European court (the European Court of Justice if it was the Data Protection Directive that formed the basis of the ruling, or the European Court of Human Rights if it was the ECHR); or that it passes a replacement law which sticks closer to the Data Retention Directive. If it doesn't do either of those, it would be failing to fulfil its obligation to implement that directive.

* Not EU law, but I think all EU countries are members of the European Council, and the most recent constitutional treaty of the EU commits the EU as an organisation to acceding to the ECHR.

Comment: Re:How did they notice that? (Score 1) 143

Perhaps, the lady is suspected of being a Basque separatist or some such...

It's more likely that she's suspected of being a Catalan separatist, but TFA doesn't give any hints as to what cause(s) she promotes or even what her name is. She's female, 37 years old, and lives in Barcelona. (Incidentally, I find it somewhat strange that Jacob Appelbaum, and thus also the copy-paste summary, talks about "the local media". It's local to where she lives, not to where the conference is taking place and the device was discovered).

Comment: Re: Bad move (Score 1) 375

by pjt33 (#49162745) Attached to: Google Wants To Rank Websites Based On Facts Not Links

Any website that mentions 'Turanean' is now pseudo science -even though at one point in time it was an academically acceptable term.

I've never heard the word before, but based on the first couple of pages of Google results I think you need to qualify it a bit, because it seems to be quite heavily used as a geographical descriptor in describing the range of plants and animals. (I'm assuming that's not the usage which you think is pseudoscience, but I could be wrong).

"Text processing has made it possible to right-justify any idea, even one which cannot be justified on any other grounds." -- J. Finnegan, USC.