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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Doctors could be prosecuted for gender-based abortion following British lawyers appeal to European Court of Human Rights – Daily Telegraph

‘Doctors who aborted foetuses based on their gender could finally be successfully prosecuted after British lawyers launched an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights calling for a reform of abortion law.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th June

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‘Revenge porn’ threats could be made a crime in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘The threat of circulating “revenge porn” would be criminalised and the evidence threshold lowered to bring England and Wales in line with Scottish law, under changes to be proposed by a former Lib Dem cabinet minister.’

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The Guardian, 11th June 2016

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Victims of forced marriage to receive lifelong anonymity – The Guardian

Posted June 7th, 2016 in anonymity, bills, forced marriages, news, victims by tracey

‘Victims of forced marriages in England and Wales are to be given anonymity for life under amendments to the policing and crime bill.’

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The Guardian, 7th June 2016

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Independent review of the operational case for bulk powers: terms of reference – Home Office

Posted June 7th, 2016 in bills, intelligence services, investigatory powers, news by tracey

‘Terms of reference for an independent review of the operational case for bulk powers.’

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Home Office, 7th June 2016

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Government announces new laws to protect children following investigation by The Independent into illegal schools – The Independent

Posted June 6th, 2016 in bills, children, education, news, school children by sally

‘An investigation by The Independent revealed thousands of children have disappeared from the education system to be taught at illegal schools where they are at risk of abuse.’

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The Independent, 4th June 2016

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Would mandatory reporting help stop child abuse? – The Guardian

‘The proposal to introduce mandatory reporting in the victims of crime bill has divided opinion – an objective discussion is needed.’

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The Guardian, 6th June 2016

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Inside the special prison unit where rehabilitation rules the roost – The Guardian

Posted May 25th, 2016 in bills, mental health, news, prisons, rehabilitation, statistics, women by sally

‘HMP New Hall pioneers care and support for women with complex needs. The justice minister, Michael Gove, should sit up and take notice for his prison reforms.’

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The Guardian, 24th May 2016

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Expats lose Supreme Court bid for EU referendum vote – BBC News

‘Two Britons living abroad have lost their Supreme Court battle over the right to vote in June’s EU referendum.’

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BBC News, 24th May 2016

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Theresa May agrees to review of snooper’s charter powers – The Guardian

‘Labour has edged closer to supporting the “snooper’s charter” after the home secretary, Theresa May, agreed to order an independent review of proposed state surveillance powers.’

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The Guardian, 24th May 2016

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UK competition authorities to be given ‘more powers’ – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 23rd, 2016 in auditors, bills, competition, consultations, EC law, enforcement, news by sally

‘Competition authorities in the UK are to be given new powers to combat anti-competitive behaviour, according to plans set out in the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th May 2016

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UK plans full throttle on driverless cars and broadband reform – Technology Law Update

‘Amongst the political noise of the Brexit campaign, the UK’s legislative plans set out in the Queen’s speech yesterday received less attention than usual. But there were some important points to note for the technology sector.’

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Technology Law Update, 19th May 2016

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Age checks for porn sites in Queen’s Speech – BBC News

Posted May 19th, 2016 in bills, internet, news, parliament, pornography, speeches, transport by sally

‘The UK government will require pornographic sites to verify users are over 18 as part of a raft of measures announced in the Queen’s Speech.’

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BBC News, 18th May 2016

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Prison reform plan ‘will not solve overcrowding and funding problems’ – The Guardian

Posted May 19th, 2016 in bills, drug abuse, electronic monitoring, news, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

‘Prison reformers have dismissed the government’s planned shake-up of prisons as a “tragic distraction” that will not solve key problems of overcrowding and underfunding.’

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The Guardian, 18th May 2016

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Bill-by-bill summary: Queen’s Speech at-a-glance – BBC News

‘The Queen has announced the government’s legislation for the year ahead, at the state opening of Parliament. Here is a bill-by-bill guide to what is in the 2016 Queen’s Speech.’

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BBC News, 18th May 2016

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Biggest shake-up of prison system announced as part of Queen’s Speech – Ministry of Justice

‘More than 5,000 offenders will be housed in new reform prisons by end of the year as part of largest reform programme since Victorian times.’

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Ministry of Justice, 18th May 2016

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