Goals of the Working Group Legal
- Resolve issues regarding intellectual property rights, competition law, data protection law, liability, as well as organisational legal issues (contracts, oversight, governance …) …
- Ensure compatibility with and adherence to the law.
- Establish fundamental rights and principles as a benchmark for technical infrastructure. Ensure the realisation of a technical and organisational design that best supports European fundamental rights and principles.
- Enshrine fundamental rights and principles in technology and promote them through technology (going beyond the minimum legal requirements). Incorporate legal principles (not limited to privacy by design). Instead we aim for a broader perspective: fundamental rights and principles by design – with their best possible realisation as a goal.
- Develop joint statements, policy papers and scientific publications.
For more information on the legal challenges of an open web index please refer to the following publications or send us a message:
- Erenli, Kai / Geminn, Christian / Pfeiffer, Leon: „Legal Challenges of an Open Web Index“, International Cybersecurity Law Review 1/2021, pp. 183-194.
- Geminn, Christian: „Rechtsfragen eines offenen Web-Index – Freiheitsfördernde Infrastrukturen für die digitale Gesellschaft“, MultiMedia und Recht 1/2021, pp. 16-19.
This is how we work
The design process is advised by legal experts from the start!
Involvement of legal experts occurs on two levels:
1. fundamental rights and principles (constitutionally compatible technology design)
2. sub-constitutional law (compliance)
The Working Group works to
- flesh out the core legal challenges of an open search infrastructure, to
- monitor the development of the relevant legal framework, and to
- spread awareness of the issues in the legal community and propose solutions.
The Working Group meets online once a month. Here, we discuss the issues mentioned above. Anybody with relevant legal expertise is more than welcome to join the Working Group and to listen in to our sessions.