App to share ballot card ruled protected by freedom of expression

Krzysztof Izdebski reports that the European Court of Human Rights ruled that user rights to anonymously share photos of ballot cards should be allowed as a manifestation of the freedom of expression. Complaints to the National Election Commission of Hungary alleged that this sharing violated the secrecy of the vote. The court based its decision on Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects the right to expression of opinion, and on an earlier ruling that the freedom of expression includes the publication of photographs.  Izdebski considers this ruling to be important because it addresses new technologies used by civil society, and because similar applications are likely to emerge in other approaching elections.