UK data privacy regulator to monitor WhatsApp’s data sharing with Facebook – The Guardian

Posted August 30th, 2016 in data protection, internet, news, privacy, telecommunications by sally

‘The UK’s data privacy regulator said on Friday it would monitor how popular messaging service WhatsApp shares data with parent Facebook under a new privacy policy.’

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The Guardian, 26th August 2016

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Breck Bednar murder: Insufficient evidence in killer ‘contact’ probe – BBC News

Posted August 30th, 2016 in children, evidence, internet, murder, news, sexual grooming by sally

‘Police say they cannot take further action over claims from the mother of a murder victim that she is being taunted online by the killer.’

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BBC News, 30th August 2016

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Mortgage Express V. Lambert – Radcliffe Chambers

Posted August 23rd, 2016 in debts, housing, internet, misrepresentation, mortgages, news, setting aside by sally

‘In the autumn of 2007 Laura Lambert was in desperate financial straits. She had a flat worth £120,000, but could not manage the mortgage repayments. Through the internet she made contact with S and C who duly visited her. They told her, to her surprise, that the flat was worth only £30,000 and offered to buy it from her for that sum. They told her that she would be able to continue living there indefinitely. She agreed to their proposal.’

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Radcliffe Chambers, 27th July 2016

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Airbnb – a quick buck or a catastrophic mistake? – Tanfield Chambers

Posted August 23rd, 2016 in covenants, holidays, housing, internet, landlord & tenant, leases, news by sally

‘The last few years have seen short term property letting sites such as Airbnb become the go-to way of booking holiday accommodation in Europe’s most popular cities. Millennial tourists are rejecting stuffy, expensive hotels, preferring instead the flexibility of their own apartment right in the middle of town where, in the words of Airbnb, they can “feel at home anywhere in the world”. In response, those who are lucky enough to own or occupy a city apartment have been quick to meet the demand, with new “hosts” joining the site every day. There are Airbnb kiosks on London’s high streets where tourists can book a property like they used to book a cab.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 5th August 2016

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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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Gambling regulator looks to clamp down on unlicensed e-sports betting and gambling of ‘in-game’ items – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 22nd, 2016 in class actions, gambling, internet, interpretation, licensing, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘The British gambling regulator has warned online platforms that facilitate bets on e-sports or which allow gamers to gamble virtual items they have obtained when gaming that they might require a gambling licence to continue with their operations.’

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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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Case dropped in Facebook ‘gun threat’ to Craig Mackinlay MP – BBC News

Posted August 19th, 2016 in internet, malicious communications, news, prosecutions, threatening behaviour by tracey

‘A man accused of posting a threatening message on an MP’s Facebook page days after the killing of politician Jo Cox has had the case against him dropped.’

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BBC News, 18th August 2016

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UK regulator clamps down on undisclosed paid-for social media advertising – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 15th, 2016 in advertising, competition, internet, news by sally

‘A social media marketing company has committed to improving its online practices after a UK regulator took issue with its paid-for advertising.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th August 2016

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Met to launch £1.7m troll-hunter squad after steep rise in online threats and abuse – Daily Telegraph

‘Scotland Yard has created a new unit to police Facebook and Twitter by investigating offensive comments.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th August 2016

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Does the BBC really have a digital licence to snoop? – The Guardian

Posted August 15th, 2016 in BBC, internet, investigatory powers, licensing, media, news, privacy, spying by sally

‘Reports of the corporation’s mass surveillance of iPlayer viewers evading their annual fee may be exaggerated.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2016

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Police to hire law firms to tackle cyber criminals in radical pilot project – The Guardian

‘Private law firms will be hired by police to pursue criminal suspects for profit, under a radical new scheme to target cyber criminals and fraudsters.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2016

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Brexit prompts public & businesses to seek legal advice from barristers – The Bar Council

Posted August 10th, 2016 in barristers, EC law, internet, press releases, referendums, solicitors, statistics by tracey

‘New figures from the Bar Council’s Direct Access Portal , the free to use “find a barrister” website, show that the public and businesses are turning to barristers to help them with a wide range of legal issues.’

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The Bar Council, 5th August 2016

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Rugby star accused of raping girl he met on Tinder cleared of all charges – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 10th, 2016 in anonymity, internet, news, rape, sexual offences, sport by tracey

‘A rising English rugby star, who was accused of raping a girl he met on the Tinder dating app, has been cleared by a jury in just over an hour.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th August 2016

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Mumsnet cyber hacker ordered to do 200 hours’ unpaid work – BBC News

Posted August 3rd, 2016 in community service, computer crime, internet, news, sentencing, young offenders by tracey

‘A teenager who launched a cyber attack against parenting site Mumsnet – forcing it to reset millions of passwords – has been sentenced.’

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BBC News, 2nd August 2016

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Rise in child sexual abuse cases threatens other policing, warns chair of commissioners – The Guardian

‘Police struggling to cope with a huge escalation in the number of child sexual exploitation cases fear it “may grow to threaten other aspects of effective policing”, the new chair of police commissioners has warned.’

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The Guardian, 1st August 2016

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Briggs presses ahead with Online Court and challenges profession to get to grips with unbundling – Legal Futures

Posted July 28th, 2016 in civil justice, costs, courts, internet, news, reports by tracey

‘Lord Justice Briggs published his final report on the structure of the civil courts and retained his strong support for the creation of an online court for claims worth up to £25,000 – which he said should be called the Online Solutions Court – although he has shifted position to say that parties should be able to recover a limited amount of legal costs.’

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Legal futures, 27th July 2016

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Bar Council response to Lord Justice Briggs’ review – The Bar Council

Posted July 28th, 2016 in barristers, civil justice, courts, internet, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Council has responded to Lord Justice Briggs’ Civil Courts Structure Review. Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, said: “Efforts to modernise the courts and improve efficiencies in our justice system are essential. It is surely time to make a proper investment in our civil justice system for the future, to provide justice for all.” ‘

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The Bar Council, 27th July 2016

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Breaking: ‘minimal assistance’ from lawyers in online court – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A long-awaited report on the future of civil courts has recommended a new online court for dealing with all monetary claims up to £25,000.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th July 2016

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UK government tests whether ‘online activity history’ can serve to verify identity – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 27th, 2016 in data protection, internet, news, parliament, privacy, statistics by sally

‘The UK government has tested whether internet users’ “online activity history”, including data from social networks, can be used to verify their identity when they use online public services.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th July 2016

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