Ministers have not made ‘conclusive case’ for new web snooping powers – The Guardian

‘The home secretary has yet to make a conclusive case for giving spying agencies new snooping powers to track the web browsing histories of all British citizens, a key committee of peers and MPs has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 11th February 2016

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Internet monitoring bill ‘must do more to protect privacy’ – BBC News

‘Plans to authorise mass data collection and hacking by Britain’s spies do not do enough to protect privacy, a watchdog has warned.’

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BBC News, 9th February 2016

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Investigatory powers bill: snooper’s charter lacks clarity, MPs warn – The Guardian

‘The government’s investigatory powers bill lacks clarity and is sowing confusion among tech firms about the extent to which “internet connection records” will be collected, a parliamentary select committee has warned.’

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The Guardian, 1st February 2016

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Landmark law to tackle psychoactive substances passed – Home Office

Posted January 29th, 2016 in bills, drug abuse, drug offences, press releases by tracey

‘The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 receives Royal Assent.’

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Home Office, 28th January 2016

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Legal highs law could hinder police, says commissioner – The Guardian

Posted January 29th, 2016 in bills, drug abuse, drug offences, news, police, prosecutions by tracey

‘Police could face extra expense and confusion as a result of discrepancies in the laws banning the possession of drugs that will emerge once the psychoactive substances bill comes into force, a police and crime commissioner has warned.’

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The Guardian, 29th January 2016

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Lords defeat for ministers over disability benefit cuts – BBC News

Posted January 28th, 2016 in benefits, bills, disabled persons, news, parliament, social security by sally

‘The government has been defeated in the Lords over plans to cut the benefits of people with illness and disabilities.’

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BBC News, 27th January 2016

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Victims are ill-served by the justice system: this bill will change that – The Guardian

‘The case of Poppi Worthington is the latest in a lamentable catalogue of misses by police or prosecutors. It demonstrates why the law needs to change.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2016

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Poppers users beware: a draconian and discriminatory law is on its way – The Guardian

Posted January 22nd, 2016 in bills, drug offences, news by sally

‘You rarely get a new law that criminalises the lifestyle choices of gay men, but the legal highs bill is coming to the statute book.’

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The Guardian, 21st January 2016

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Vulnerable victims of violence ‘at risk’ over funding uncertainty – The Guardian

Posted January 22nd, 2016 in bills, budgets, news, refugees, victims, violence, women by sally

‘The most vulnerable victims of violent crimes, including abused women and refugees, are being put at a greater risk over uncertainty in funding to frontline services, officials have warned in a letter to the government. Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) from across England have called on the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to provide urgent clarification of the grants available to victims’ services.’

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The Guardian, 21st January 2016

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Finding proportionality in surveillance laws – OUP Blog

Posted January 19th, 2016 in bills, investigatory powers, news, proportionality by sally

‘The United Kingdom Parliament is currently in the pre-legislative scrutiny phase of a new Investigatory Powers Bill, which aims to “consolidate existing legislation and ensure the powers in the Bill are fit for the digital age.” It is fair to say this Bill is controversial with strong views being expressed by both critics and supporters of the Bill. Against this backdrop it is important to cut through the rhetoric and get to the heart of the Bill and to examine what it will do and what it will mean in terms of the legal framework for British citizens, and indeed for those overseas.’

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OUP Blog, 17th January 2016

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Couple to begin court fight against ban on heterosexual civil partnerships – The Guardian

Posted January 19th, 2016 in bills, civil partnerships, human rights, marriage, news by sally

‘The legal ban on heterosexual couples entering into civil partnerships is to be challenged in the high court.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2015

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Legal Professional Privilege for Prisoners – The Bar Council

‘Justice Minister Andrew Selous MP has explained the authorisation process for listening in to communications between lawyers and clients in prisons. The parliamentary written answer, published yesterday, suggests that the prison service effectively self-authorises breaches of legal professional privilege (LPP).’

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The Bar Council, 13th January 2016

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Snooper’s charter: cafes and libraries face having to store Wi-Fi users’ data – The Guardian

Posted January 14th, 2016 in bills, costs, internet, investigatory powers, news, select committees by sally

‘Coffee shops running Wi-Fi networks may have to store internet data under new snooping laws, Theresa May has said.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2016

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‘English votes’ rules used for first time in House of Commons – BBC News

Posted January 13th, 2016 in bills, devolution, news, parliament by sally

‘New “English votes for English laws” rules have been implemented in the House of Commons for the first time.’

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BBC News, 12th January 2016

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Theresa May faces scrutiny over snooper’s charter implications – The Guardian

Posted January 13th, 2016 in bills, internet, investigatory powers, news, parliament, privacy, telecommunications by sally

‘MPs and peers are to challenge the home secretary, Theresa May, on the privacy implications and detailed operation of her snooper’s charter legislation when she appears before the bill’s parliamentary scrutiny committee.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2016

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Privacy watchdog attacks snooper’s charter over encryption – The Guardian

‘The information commissioner’s office has heavily criticised the draft Investigatory Powers bill for attacking individuals’ privacy, particularly in relation to the apparent requirement on communication providers to weaken or break their data encryption at the government’s request.’

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The Guardian, 12th January 2016

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Councils call for online judicial approval of access to communications data – Local Government Lawyer

‘Councils should be able to apply for and be granted magistrates’ approval electronically for access to communications data, the Local Government Association and trading standards organisations have said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th January 2016

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Decision on proposal for new October bill of costs is postponed – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 12th, 2016 in bills, civil procedure rules, computer programs, costs, expenses, law firms, news by sally

‘The committee set up to decide the future of legal costs in civil litigation has recommended that a new of bill of costs based on electronic assessment should be in place from October.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 11th January 2016

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Use and value of ‘internet connection records’ will indicate whether their retention is justified, says watchdog – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 12th, 2016 in bills, internet, news, privacy, telecommunications by sally

‘The use and value of ‘internet connection records’ (ICRs) in helping detect, prevent and investigate serious crime and terrorism should be assessed to help decide whether providers should be forced to collect the data, the UK’s information commissioner has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th January 2016

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Snooper’s charter would be out of date in five years, says defence industry – The Guardian

Posted January 8th, 2016 in bills, internet, investigatory powers, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘The accelerating pace of technology means the government’s landmark snooper’s charter bill will only have a limited shelf life and will need to be revisited within five years, Britain’s defence and security industry has told MPs and peers.
They have warned that there are serious questions over whether fundamental parts of the new law that will overhaul of surveillance powers will be relevant in the near future as the technological landscape changes.’

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The Guardian, 7th January 2016

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