Surveillance of MPs’ data challenged – BBC News

‘Three politicians will challenge the lawfulness of the intelligence services’ bulk interception of electronic data at a hearing later.’

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BBC News, 23rd July 2015

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Divisional Court strikes down DRIPA communications data law – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 21st, 2015 in conflict of laws, EC law, electronic mail, human rights, legislation, news by tracey

‘R (ota Davis et al) v. Secretary of State for Home Department [2015] EWHC 2092 – 17 July 2015. When a domestic Act of Parliament is in conflict with EU law, EU law wins. And when a bit of the EU Charter (given effect by the Lisbon Treaty) conflicts with an EU Directive, the EU Charter wins. Which is why the Divisional Court found itself quashing an Act of Parliament on Friday – at the behest of four claimants, including two MPs, the Tories’ David Davis and Labour’s Tom Watson.’

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UK Human Rights blog, 19th july 2015

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Suspended chief constable found guilty of eight misconduct charges – The Guardian

‘A chief constable suspended for a more than a year after being accused of “inappropriate advances” to women has been found guilty of eight charges of misconduct but is to be allowed to return to work.’

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The Guardian, 9th July 2015

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FCA to consult on issue of unsolicited marketing in consumer credit market this summer – OUT-LAW.com

‘The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is to consult on the issue of unsolicited marketing by consumer credit firms this summer, according to an answer given in the UK parliament.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st July 2015

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Ex-government insiders reveal email FOI regime – BBC News

‘Ministers can easily protect themselves from embarrassment by deleting from their email inbox anything that might be subject to a future FOI request, ex-insiders have told BBC News.’

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BBC News, 18th June 2015

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What to look out for in Britain’s new surveillance bill – The Guardian

‘The government intends wholesale reform, but will it perpetuate a dark history of invasion of privacy or follow the US example, and end invasive surveillance?’

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The Guardian, 5th June 2015

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Emergency surveillance law faces legal challenge by MPs – BBC News

‘The High Court is to hear a legal challenge to the government’s emergency surveillance law brought by two MPs.’

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BBC News, 4th June 2015

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UK police requests to access phone calls or emails are granted 93% of the time – The Guardian

‘Ministers are facing calls to curb the scale of police access to private phone and email records, after a report by privacy campaigners found officers were making a request every two minutes and getting access in 93% of cases.’

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The Guardian, 1st June 2015

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Internet troll conviction rates soar in a decade, figures reveal – The Independent

Posted May 26th, 2015 in crime, electronic mail, internet, malicious communications, news, statistics by sally

‘Convictions for crimes under a law used to prosecute internet trolls have increased nearly eight-fold in a decade, official figures reveal. Last year, 1,209 people were found guilty of offences under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 compared with 143 in 2004.’

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The Independent, 24th May 2015

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Codes of practice for the acquisition, disclosure and retention of communications data – Home Office

‘Guidance on the procedures that should be followed when the communications data is accessed or disclosed under RIPA, or retained under DRIPA or the ATCSA.’

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Home Office, 15th May 2015

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Snoopers’ Charter: Theresa May’s plan to push ahead with Communications Data Bill sparks online campaign for internet freedom – The Independent

‘Online campaigners have already begun fighting Conservative plans to push ahead with the introduction of sweeping new surveillance powers in what has been dubbed the “Snoopers’ Charter”.’

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The Independent, 10th May 2015

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Tribunal increases ICO fine over unsolicited marketing by 50% – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 17th, 2015 in electronic mail, fines, news, privacy, telecommunications, tribunals by sally

‘A UK court has increased the level of fine imposed on a business which made unsolicited marketing calls to people signed up to the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) by 50%.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th April 2015

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Man jailed for trying to set up child sex abuse from south pole – The Guardian

‘A man has been jailed for three years for trying to arrange the sexual abuse of a child while working at the south pole.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2015

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Access all areas? – New Law Journal

‘Overriding lawyer-client & confidential communications is incompatible with the rule of law, as Nicholas Griffin QC, Robert O’Sullivan QC & Gordon Nardell QC explain.’

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New Law Journal, 27th February 2015

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Sun journalists retrial row after judge removed from case – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2015 in complaints, electronic mail, judges, media, news, trials by sally

‘A decision to remove a judge lined up for a retrial of four Sun journalists has led to a legal row at the Old Bailey involving some of the most senior judges in the country.’

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The Guardian, 6th February 2015

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Above and below the waterline: IPT finds that Prism and Tempora are lawful – Panopticon

‘The now famous revelations by US whistleblower Edward Snowden focused on US government programmes under which vast amounts of data about individuals’ internet usage and communications were said to have been gathered. The allegations extended beyond the US: the UK government and security agencies, for example, were also said to be involved in such activity.’

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Panopticon, 5th December 2014

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UK mass surveillance laws do not breach human rights, tribunal rules – The Guardian

‘Britain’s legal regime governing mass surveillance of the internet by intelligence agencies does not violate human rights, a tribunal has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 5th December 2014

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The Judiciary, the Executive and Parliament: Relationships and the Rule of Law – Speech by Lord Chief Justice

The Judiciary, the Executive and Parliament: Relationships and the Rule of Law (PDF)

Speech by Lord Chief Justice

Institute for Government, 1st December 2014

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NSPCC’s call for law change over sex messages – BBC News

Posted October 24th, 2014 in child abuse, electronic mail, internet, news, sexual offences, telecommunications by sally

‘Campaigners want it to be made illegal for adults to send sexual messages to children.’

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BBC News, 24th October 2014

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Police ‘use loophole’ to access phone and email records – Daily Telegraph

‘Police forces have used a loophole to access phone and email records, it has been claimed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th October 2014

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