Social Media and the Protection of Privacy: Current Gaps and Future Directions in European Private International Law

  • Jan von HeinEmail author
  • Anna Bizer
Regular Paper


This article considers the current situation in European private international law regarding the protection of privacy and personality rights in social media. When privacy infringements occur on the internet, difficult questions as to determining jurisdiction and the applicable law arise. This field is so far only partially governed by European Union law and still leaves a gap that must be filled by the domestic choice-of-law rules of the member states. The article addresses these problems taking into account the recent case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union.


Jurisdiction Choice of law Social media Privacy and personality rights 


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On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Comparative and Private International Law, Department IIIUniversity of FreiburgFreiburgGermany

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