PM: Staff and members to face criminal offence of ‘wilful neglect’ over CSE – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Government is to consult on extending the new criminal offence of ‘wilful neglect’ of patients to children’s social care, education and elected members in a bid to eradicate “the culture of denial”, the Prime Minister has announced.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd March 2015

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A Day in the Life of a Magistrate – BBC Law in Action

Posted March 3rd, 2015 in codes of practice, internet, judiciary, magistrates, news, police by sally

‘As magistrate numbers continue to fall Joshua Rozenberg goes to Bradford to meet one of 300 who sit on the bench there. Would the system of lay magistrates – with no legal qualifications – be invented today? The answer is an intriguing one.’

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BBC Law in Action, 24th February 2015

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“Keep our kids safe from predators” FB page on the rampage again – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 26th, 2015 in damages, human rights, internet, news, privacy, release on licence by sally

‘The plaintiff was a former sex offender who had been identified on a Facebook page run by the second defendant called “Keep Our Kids Safe From Predators 2″. He had been released on licence and he was apprehensive about his safety upon his return to the community.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th February 2015

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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

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

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Lawyers using libel threats to “intimidate” clients who post negative reviews online – Legal Futures

‘Lawyers are increasingly using threats of libel action to intimidate clients into taking down negative reviews from comparison websites, it was claimed yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 20th February 2015

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Online courts: type “J” for “Judge” – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted February 19th, 2015 in courts, dispute resolution, internet, news, reports, small claims by sally

‘Whenever I read stories about IT and the courts system I often get a funny sense of déjà vu (or perhaps copy and paste) but this week I read something that was more genuinely radical.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 18th February 2015

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Teacher fined for posting pro-Hitler image on Facebook aimed at Jews – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 19th, 2015 in costs, fines, internet, news, racism, teachers by sally

‘Mahmudul Choudhury faces losing job after admiting racially-aggravated offence aimed at Jews after sharing photo of former Nazi leader on Facebook.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th February 2015

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Twitter joke trial law is being used to win easy convictions and must be scrapped, report claims – The Independent

‘The law used to prosecute a man for joking on Twitter about blowing up a snowbound airport should be scrapped since it is used to get easy convictions, according to a report out today.’

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The Independent, 19th February 2015

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Legal experts call for English ‘online court’ to handle low-value civil court cases – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 18th, 2015 in civil justice, electronic filing, internet, litigants in person, news by sally

‘An online mechanism should be set up to handle low-value civil court cases, with judges removed entirely from the process for the simplest cases, according to a new report.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th February 2015

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Revenge porn: will the new laws make any difference? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted February 18th, 2015 in bills, internet, news, pornography by sally

‘Amidst much fanfare, “revenge porn”: the posting online of sexually explicit photographs of videos of someone without their consent (usually by an ex partner), was stated by the media as being made illegal on 12th February 2015.

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 17th February 2015

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‘Revenge porn’ criminalised: What is it and what are the consequences? – The Independent

Posted February 18th, 2015 in bills, consent, internet, news, pornography by sally

‘Revenge porn, which has been used to cause a person harm, to blackmail people into sex, and which has been used against children as young as 11, has been criminalised.’

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The Independent, 12th February 2015

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Baby P’s mother back in jail ‘for naked pictures’ – The Independent

Posted February 16th, 2015 in bail, internet, news, photography, pornography by sally

‘Baby P’s mother is back in prison after allegedly selling pornographic photographs of herself online.’

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The Independent, 15th February 2015

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Online court proposed to resolve claims of up to £25,000 – The Guardian

Posted February 16th, 2015 in dispute resolution, internet, legal aid, news, small claims, telephone hearings by sally

‘The UK justice system should receive a radical overhaul for the digital age with the creation of an online court to expand access to justice and resolve claims of up to £25,000, the official body that oversees civil courts has recommended.’

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The Guardian, 16th February 2015

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‘Revenge porn’ illegal under new law in England and Wales – BBC News

Posted February 12th, 2015 in bills, crime, harassment, internet, news, pornography, telecommunications by sally

‘Posting “revenge porn” images and videos on the internet is becoming a criminal offence in England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 12th February 2015

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Prolific internet troll who branded victims paedophiles spared jail – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 11th, 2015 in bullying, internet, malicious communications, news, sentencing by sally

‘A prolific internet troll and former Conservative council candidate has escaped prison despite branding fellow users paedophiles.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th February 2015

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Internet ASBOs for hate crimes: what are the challenges? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted February 10th, 2015 in ASBOs, crime, harassment, internet, news by sally

‘In the struggle against internet trolls, cyber bullying and the general way in which the advent of the internet has caused problems for the criminal law, over the weekend the latest idea to combat the evils of the internet appeared: Internet ASBOs.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 9th February 2015

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New guidance aimed at distinguishing digital advertising from editorial content – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 10th, 2015 in advertising, codes of practice, internet, news by sally

‘Businesses should ensure that ‘native advertising’ developed on their behalf has prominent “visible visual cues” that allow consumers to immediately identify it as marketing material, under new industry guidance.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 9th February 2015

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Punish hate crime on social media with internet asbos, say MPs – The Guardian

‘Social media users who persistently spread racial hatred online should be given “internet asbos” blocking them from sites such as Facebook and Twitter, according to an MPs’ report that examines the rising levels of antisemitism in Britain.’

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The Guardian, 9th 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

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

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Is linking to illegally uploaded content allowed? – Technology Law Update

Posted February 2nd, 2015 in copyright, EC law, internet, news by sally

‘We all becoming experts in the manipulation and sharing of electronic text and images. Sharing, linking and embedding material is ever easier using a range of different devices. So what does copyright law have to say about this?’

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Technology Law Update, 30th January 2015

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

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