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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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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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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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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Misuse of your private information – Can You Put A Value On That? – 4 KBW

Posted April 26th, 2016 in appeals, damages, human rights, interception, media, news, privacy, telecommunications by sally

‘The Supreme Court has refused MGN Limited permission to appeal the decision in Representative Claimants -v- Mirror Group Newspapers Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 1291 – the Court of Appeal’s decision regarding the appropriate level of damages in eight phone-hacking ‘test cases’. This decision itself was an unsuccessful appeal by MGN against the High Court decision in Gulatti & Ors v MGN Limited [2015] EWHC 1482.’

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4 KBW, 8th April 2016

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UK spy agencies have collected bulk personal data since 1990s, files show – The Guardian

‘Britain’s intelligence agencies have been secretly collecting bulk personal data since the late 1990s and privately admit they have gathered information on people who are “unlikely to be of intelligence or security interest”.’

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The Guardian, 21st April 2016

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Mirror Group refused permission to appeal landmark phone hacking damages awards – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 24th, 2016 in appeals, damages, interception, media, news, privacy, Supreme Court, telecommunications by tracey

‘Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) has failed in its bid to overturn a landmark ruling in which it was ordered to pay approximately £1.2 million in damages for infringing the privacy of eight individuals through phone hacking.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd March 2016

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The snooper’s charter is flying through parliament. Don’t think it’s irrelevant to you – The Guardian

‘While the Apple v FBI row makes world headlines, people in the UK are disregarding a bill that permits hacking and gagging.’

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The Guardian, 14th March 2016

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The Round-up: companies off the hook for human rights abuses? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The UK government is letting companies “off the hook” for human rights abuses, according to Amnesty International.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th February 2016

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UK spying laws: Government introduces law requiring WhatsApp and iMessage to break their own security – The Independent

‘The draft Investigatory Powers Bill, or Snoopers’ Charter, keeps a provision that weakening of security will only happen in cases where it is ‘practicable’, but that could still allow the Government to outlaw many of the most popular chat services as they currently exist.’

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The Independent, 1st March 2016

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Home Office to publish revised draft of snooper’s charter – The Guardian

‘The home secretary, Theresa May, has revised some elements of her controversial “snooper’s charter” legislation in an attempt to address criticism by MPs and peers of the surveillance powers it confers.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2016

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Operation Elveden: Met inquiry into payments to public officials closes – The Guardian

‘Scotland Yard’s investigation into payments by journalists to police and other public officials has officially closed after five years.’

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The Guardian, 26th February 2016

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The Leveson inquiry isn’t over, Cameron must keep his promise – The Guardian

‘It was clear from the start that the Leveson inquiry was to be conducted in two parts. The first section, examining the culture, practices and ethics of the media, reported back in 2012.’

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The Guardian, 15th February 2016

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GCHQ hacking does not breach human rights, security tribunal rules – The Guardian

‘Hacking of computers, networks and smartphones in the UK or abroad by GCHQ staff does not breach human rights, a security tribunal has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 12th February 2016

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Tribunal rules computer hacking by GCHQ is not illegal – BBC News

‘GCHQ is operating within the law when it hacks into computers and smart phones, a security tribunal has ruled.’

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BBC News, 12th February 2016

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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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GQ publisher fined for contempt of court over Rebekah Brooks article – The Guardian

Posted February 5th, 2016 in contempt of court, fines, interception, media, news by tracey

‘The publisher of GQ magazine has been fined £10,000 after being found in contempt of court over an article that seriously risked prejudicing the phone-hacking trial of Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson.’

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The Guardian, 4th February 2016

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Gordon-Saker: Newspaper’s rights not breached by success fees and ATE recovery – Litigation Futures

‘A newspaper’s right to free expression under article 10 of the European Convention was not breached by being ordered to pay success fees and after-the-event (ATE) insurance premiums, Master Gordon-Saker has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th January 2016

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Phone hacking: Fresh News of the World claims to be heard – BBC News

Posted January 19th, 2016 in class actions, interception, media, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Fresh claims of phone hacking by the now defunct News of the World newspaper can be heard in court, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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BBC News, 18th January 2016

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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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