Review finds ‘proven’ or ‘distinct’ operational case for bulk surveillance powers – OUT-LAW.com

‘There is a “proven operational case” for most of the bulk surveillance powers the UK government wishes to provide UK intelligence agencies in the proposed new Investigatory Powers Bill, the UK’s independent reviewer of terrorism legislation has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd August 2016

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UK bill of rights will not be scrapped, says Liz Truss – The Guardian

Posted August 23rd, 2016 in bills, human rights, legislation, news by sally

‘A British bill of rights will go ahead as promised, the justice secretary, Liz Truss, has said, though she refused to give a timeframe for any detailed proposals.’

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The Guardian, 22nd August 2016

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Internet spying powers backed by review – BBC News

‘Britain’s spies should be allowed to continue harvesting large amounts of data from emails, the government’s reviewer of terror legislation said.’

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BBC News, 19th August 2016

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New doubts over human rights law reform – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 12th, 2016 in bills, EC law, human rights, news, prisons, referendums, Scotland by sally

‘A draft British bill of rights prepared by the former justice secretary Michael Gove has been rejected by the prime minister, a newspaper reported this morning – prompting speculation that the long-promised reform could be abandoned.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th August 2016

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What you’re reading should be no business of the police – but our freedom of expression is at risk – The Independent

‘Think carefully before you pack your holiday reading. As The Independent reported earlier this week, Faizah Shaheen was detained under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act last month after cabin crew on her Thomson Airways flight spotted her reading a book about Syria.’

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The Independent, 7th August 2016

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Part 1: the Prevent Duty for Universities – Cloisters

‘In this article I deal with the basics of the legal framework for the Prevent Duty. The simplest way of thinking about the Prevent Duty is visualisation. Imagining that you are the character at which Dirty Harry is pointing his gun in that film while uttering the words: “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: “do I feel lucky?”… Well do you punk?” The government has attempted to shift the publicity and legal risks from itself to the universities by use of the Prevent Duty. On the face of it universities have a dilemma: how to have due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism, whilst taking all reasonably practicable steps to ensure free speech and academic freedom.’

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Cloisters, 26th July 2016

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Restrictions on access to internet connection records agreed by UK peers – OUT-LAW.com

‘New UK surveillance laws will restrict access to people’s internet connection records (ICRs) further than was originally proposed after amendments to the Investigatory Powers Bill were approved in the UK parliament.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th July 2016

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MPs reject bill to change Britain’s voting system to proportional representation – The Independent

Posted July 21st, 2016 in bills, constitutional reform, elections, news, parliament by tracey

‘MPs have rejected a bill that would have changed Britain’s voting system to a form of proportional representation.’

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The Independent, 20th July 2016

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Investigatory Powers Bill: Theresa May-led legislation could be killed by ruling from European Court, privacy campaigners claim – The Independent

‘A European Court of Justice ruling could deal a “serious blow” to Theresa May’s most prized piece of legislation, campaigners have said.’

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The Independent, 19th July 2016

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Tasers have no place in mental health care – The Guardian

Posted July 19th, 2016 in bills, firearms, human rights, mental health, news by sally

‘For more than 10 years, Tasers have been used against patents in locked psychiatric settings, without monitoring or investigation. This practice must end.’

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The Guardian, 18th July 2016

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Stephen Laws: Article 50 and the political constitution – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted July 18th, 2016 in bills, constitutional law, news, parliament, referendums, treaties by sally

‘The only relevant question now left for the UK about the Art 50 notification is what needs to be done before it is given. It is politically inevitable that the referendum result will be accepted and the notification given, perhaps in January next year.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 18th July 2016

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Snooper’s charter could endanger journalists and sources, peers warn – The Guardian

‘Peers have issued a serious warning that the government’s proposed “snooper’s charter” law could endanger journalists and their sources.’

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The Guardian, 12th July 2016

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MPs introduce Bill to return ‘Elgin Marbles’ to Greece 200 years after the UK decided to buy them – The Independent

Posted July 11th, 2016 in artistic works, bills, Greece, news by sally

‘A cross-party group of MPs has launched a fresh bid to return the so-called Elgin Marbles to Greece on the 200th anniversary of the British Government’s decision to buy them — a move that campaigners said could help the UK secure a better deal during the Brexit talks with the EU.’

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The Independent, 10th July 2016

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Baby ashes scandal prompts new crematoria laws – BBC News

Posted July 7th, 2016 in bereavement, bills, burials and cremation, children, families, inquiries, news by sally

‘New crematoria rules are being drafted after families were denied their baby’s ashes, the government has said.’

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BBC News, 7th July 2016

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Porn sites will need age verification from 2017, Government announces – The Independent

Posted July 7th, 2016 in bills, internet, news, pornography, privacy by sally

‘The Government has unveiled plans for age verification on porn websites in its new Digital Economy Bill, set to come into force in 2017.’

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The Independent, 7th July 2016

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New Digital Economy Bill laid before the UK parliament – OUT-LAW.com

‘Plans for establishing a universal service obligation (USO) on broadband, governing the installation and maintenance of telecoms infrastructure, facilitating public sector data sharing and regulating direct marketing activities have been published before the UK parliament.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th July 2016

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What now for human rights in the UK post-Brexit? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted July 5th, 2016 in bills, constitutional reform, courts, EC law, human rights, news, treaties by sally

‘Theresa May, expected to shortly emerge as the “stop Boris” prime ministerial candidate in this post-referendum world, kept her head down during the Brexit campaign apart from one notable intervention.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 4th July 2016

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Licensing Act to remain “fundamental pillar” of regulation: Home Office – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 1st, 2016 in bills, licensing, news by tracey

‘The Licensing Act 2003 is to remain “a fundamental pillar in both national and local regulatory frameworks”, a Home Office paper for a House of Lords committee has stated.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st July 2016

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Lords sound legal privilege alarm over snooping bill – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 30th, 2016 in bills, electronic mail, investigatory powers, news, parliament, privilege by tracey

‘Distinguished legal figures on the red benches lined up to condemn threats to professional privilege posed by the government’s investigatory powers bill as it passed its second reading in the House of Lords this week.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 29th June 2016

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Threatening IP infringers – what you can (and can’t) say – Technology Law Update

Posted June 23rd, 2016 in bills, enforcement, intellectual property, Law Commission, news by sally

‘The UK’s unjustified threats legislation is intended to prevent IP rights-holders from abusive behaviour – threatening to sue a competitor’s customers, for example, to persuade them to take their business elsewhere. While there is still a place for these rules, they have become outdated and inconsistent between the various forms of IP. The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill aims to tidy up and modernise the threats rules.’

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Technology Law Update, 22nd June 2016

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