Facing justice: judgment against Facebook in privacy/data protection case – Panopticon

Posted February 26th, 2015 in data protection, EC law, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘The extent to which privacy and data protection rights can effectively resonate within the online environment is an acutely important issue for all information law practitioners. Moreover, it is an issue which seems to be gaining ever increasing traction in the litigation context, as is illustrated not least by the following developments.’

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Panopticon, 25th February 2015

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Britain is leading the charge against basic human rights, Amnesty claims – The Independent

‘Increased surveillance in Britain, along with the reduction of access to justice, have contributed to one of the worst assaults on human rights in Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall, according to a damning assessment by Amnesty International.’

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The Independent, 25th February 2015

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How your phone and fitness band could end up giving evidence against you – The Guardian

‘A criminal suspect can’t be forced to divulge their phone passcode, a US circuit court judge ruled in October 2014. Yet law enforcement officials can compel a suspect to provide a fingerprint – which they can then use to unlock the phone and obtain data which may prove the case against them.’

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The Guardian, 24th February 2015

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In re Law Society – WLR Daily

Posted February 18th, 2015 in data protection, documents, human rights, law reports, Law Society, privacy, solicitors by sally

In re Law Society [2015] EWHC 166 (Ch); [2015] WLR (D) 60

‘The Law Society had power under paragraph 16 of Part II of Schedule 1 to the Solicitors Act 1974 to destroy old and redundant documents seized in connection with interventions.’

WLR Daily, 9th February 2015

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The Investigatory Powers Tribunal and the rule of law – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Despite being hailed as an ‘historic victory in the age-old battle for the right to privacy and free expression’, closer examination of a recent ruling by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (‘IPT’) reveals it to have been a hollow victory.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 16th February 2015

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Privacy watchdog launches ‘Did GCHQ spy on you?’ campaign to allow citizens to find out if they were under surveillance – The Independent

Posted February 17th, 2015 in data protection, human rights, intelligence services, news, privacy, tribunals by sally

‘A new campaign by human rights watchdog Privacy International could allow millions of citizens in Britain and elsewhere to have data that was collected on them deleted.’

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The Independent, 16th February 2015

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Data protection laws broken 13 times by Companies House – BBC News

Posted February 16th, 2015 in data protection, freedom of information, news by sally

‘Confidential and personal details were sent to the wrong people by staff at Companies House in Cardiff, BBC Wales has learned.’

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BBC News, 14th February 2015

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What data protection reform will mean for obtaining ‘customer consent’ – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 4th, 2015 in consent, data protection, EC law, legislation, medical records, news, privacy by sally

‘FOCUS: If a business wants to process data that relates to a person located in the EU, it must comply with EU privacy laws. By far one of the easiest ways to lawfully process personal data is by obtaining consent from the person whose data a business would like to process.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd February 2015

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‘Innocent people’ on police photos database – BBC News

Posted February 3rd, 2015 in data protection, news, police, privacy by tracey

‘Police forces in England and Wales have uploaded up to 18 million “mugshots” to a facial recognition database – despite a court ruling it could be unlawful.’

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BBC News, 3rd February 2015

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Googling Orgies – Thrashing out the Liability of Search Engines – Panopticon

Posted February 2nd, 2015 in data protection, defamation, EC law, internet, media, news, photography, privacy by sally

‘Back in 2008, the late lamented News of the World published an article under the headline “F1 boss has sick Nazi orgy with 5 hookers”. It had obtained footage of an orgy involving Max Mosley and five ladies of dubious virtue, all of whom were undoubtedly (despite the News of the World having blocked out their faces) not Mrs Mosley. The breach of privacy proceedings before Eady J (Mosley v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2008] EWHC 687 (QB)) established that the ‘Nazi’ allegation was unfounded and unfair, that the footage was filmed by a camera secreted in “such clothing as [one of the prostitutes] was wearing” (at [5]), and also the more genteel fact that even S&M ‘prison-themed’ orgies stop for a tea break (at [4]), rather like a pleasant afternoon’s cricket, but with a rather different thwack of willow on leather.’

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Panopticon, 30th January 2015

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How to apply the DPA – Panopticon

Posted January 16th, 2015 in data protection, disclosure, freedom of information, necessity, news by sally

‘Section 40 of FOIA is where the Freedom of Information Act (mantra: disclose, please) intersects with the Data Protection Act 1998 (mantra: be careful how you process/disclose, please).’

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Panopticon, 15th January 2015

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Google launches challenge to Max Mosley’s privacy bid – BBC News

Posted January 15th, 2015 in data protection, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘Google has asked the High Court to throw out legal action being taken by ex-Formula 1 boss Max Mosley.’

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BBC News, 14th January 2015

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Information commissioner calls for protection of private data amid calls for ‘snooper’s charter’ – The Independent

Posted January 15th, 2015 in data protection, intelligence services, investigatory powers, news, privacy by sally

‘The information commissioner has called for the establishment of a US-style agency to defend the privacy of citizens amid growing calls for the reintroduction of the “snoopers’ charter”.’

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The Independent, 13th January 2015

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Jehovah’s Witnesses, and judicial review being a last resort – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 18th, 2014 in charities, data protection, human rights, judicial review, news, proportionality by sally

‘Judicial review is an excellent and flexible remedy, filling the gaps when statutory and other appeals do not provide a remedy for unlawful administrative acts or omissions.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 17th December 2014

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PC Katie Murray jailed for leaking Cregan and drugs info to sister and ex-lover – BBC News

‘A PC who passed on intelligence about police killer Dale Cregan and planned drugs raids to her sister and drug-dealing former lover has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 17th December 2014

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Foreign criminals’ data taken off police records – The Guardian

‘Biometrics commissioner warns privacy laws meant to protect innocent could also guard those committing offences abroad.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2014

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Driverless cars – the top 10 legal issues – Technology Law Update

Posted December 9th, 2014 in data protection, insurance, news, road safety, road traffic, road traffic offences by sally

‘The UK government’s announcement last week of the results of its competition for driverless car testing is an exciting development. We expect an announcement of the results of a review of the regulatory regime to follow shortly. As we wait for these results, we identify the top ten areas where we think the law will need to be updated to allow this important technology to move forward.’

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Technology Law Update, 8th December 2014

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

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John Catt Brighton ‘extremism’ case at Supreme Court – BBC News

Posted December 2nd, 2014 in data protection, news, police, privacy, Supreme Court by sally

‘A decision that a Brighton peace activist’s details can be removed from an extremism database is being challenged in the UK’s highest court.’

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BBC News, 2nd December 2014

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Careers for the 21st century law student – The Guardian

‘Even in a profession as traditional as law, technology is powerful enough to kill and create a range of roles.’

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The Guardian, 25th November 2014

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Device user data retention laws to be introduced in UK – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 25th, 2014 in bills, data protection, internet, news, terrorism by sally

‘Internet service providers will be required to retain information detailing the IP addresses of internet users under proposed new UK anti-terrorism laws.’

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OUT-LAW.com,

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