FCA plans to ban ‘opt-out’ sales of add-on insurance products -

Posted March 27th, 2015 in consumer protection, financial regulation, insurance, internet by sally

‘UK financial services firms will be banned from using pre-ticked boxes and other methods to sell customers additional ‘add-on’ products when they are purchasing regulated financial products under plans published by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th March 2015

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Buying web addresses best protection for brands in light of expansion of domains – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 27th, 2015 in domain names, internet, news, trade marks, trade names by sally

‘Businesses should respond to the growing number of domains by buying up the web addresses that pose a risk to their brands.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th March 2015

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How to sue in respect of abusive comments on the Internet – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 26th, 2015 in defamation, internet, law firms, news by sally

‘The facts of this case are simple. A defamatory comment was posted on the claimant’s Google maps directional page, implying that he was a “loser” as a lawyer and that his firm lost “80%” of cases brought to them. The defendant claimed that someone must have hacked in to his own Google account to put up the post.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th March 2015

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Dating site ban for ‘serial abuser’ Karl Crimmins – BBC News

‘A “serial abuser” who admitted unlawfully wounding a woman he met online has been banned from joining dating websites.’

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BBC News, 25th March 2015

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New sentencing measures to take effect next month – Ministry of Justice

‘A series of tougher sentencing measures, new criminal offences and a more balanced judicial review system will come into force when the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 takes effect on 13 April.’

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Ministry of Justice, 20th March 2015

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Finance & Divorce Update – Family Law Week

Posted March 24th, 2015 in courts, divorce, family courts, financial provision, internet, news, reports, statistics by sally

‘Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor of Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the financial remedies and divorce news and cases from February 2015.’

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Family Law Week, 22nd March 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Is privacy dead? – OUP Blog

Posted March 24th, 2015 in data protection, EC law, human rights, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘In 1980, personal computers were still in their infancy, and the internet did not exist. There were, of course, genuine concerns about threats to our privacy, but, looking back at my book of that year, they mostly revolved around telephone tapping, surveillance, and unwanted press intrusion. Data protection legislation was embryonic, and the concept of privacy as a human right was little more than a chimera.’

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OUP Blog, 20th March 2015

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No evidence of regulatory risks from online divorce, research finds – Legal Futures

‘There is no evidence of online divorce leading to regulatory risks, joint research by the Legal Services Board (LSB) and Legal Services Consumer Panel has concluded.’

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Legal Futures, 19th March 2015

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McCann ‘Twitter troll’ Brenda Leyland ‘killed herself’ – BBC News

Posted March 23rd, 2015 in inquests, internet, media, news, public interest, suicide by sally

‘A woman who “trolled” Madeleine McCann’s family on Twitter killed herself days after she was challenged by reporters, an inquest concluded.’

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BBC News, 20th March 2015

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Serial rapist Shaun Hopkins handed life sentence after victim spotted him on Facebook – The Independent

Posted March 23rd, 2015 in evidence, internet, news, rape, sentencing, victims by sally

‘A rapist has been handed a life sentence after he was identified by one of his victims when she spotted his picture on Facebook.’

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The Independent, 21st March 2015

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Paedophile cases may need to be streamlined, warns top officer – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 23rd, 2015 in child abuse, criminal justice, internet, news, prosecutions, statistics by sally

‘National Crime Agency chief hints at possible updates to the way child pornography offences are prosecuted, as it emerges more than 260 people have been charged in new investigation.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th March 2015

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Online divorce… a practical choice – Legal Services Board

Posted March 19th, 2015 in divorce, internet, Legal Services Board, news, reports by sally

‘The Legal Services Board and the Legal Services Consumer Panel today publish jointly commissioned research comparing the consumer experience of online divorce with more traditional services. This is the first time that this aspect of online legal services has been looked at.’

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Legal Services Board, 19th March 2015

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

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Can Employment Tribunals Conduct Their Own Internet Research? – No. 5 Chambers

Posted March 19th, 2015 in appeals, civil procedure rules, employment tribunals, internet, news by sally

‘A vexed question: Where is the boundary between assistance and being in the arena? And how does the internet impact on that. The latest attempt to give guidance is the curious case of East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust v Sanders UKEAT/0217/14/RN before Langstaff P and 2 lay members.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 12th January 2015

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Why the cookies law wasn’t fully baked – and how to avoid being tracked online – The Guardian

Posted March 19th, 2015 in computer programs, data protection, EC law, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘The UK uses the most tracking cookies of any EU country. How should you be protecting your privacy online?’

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The Guardian, 19th March 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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Police investigate web taunts after man falls to his death – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 17th, 2015 in crime, harassment, internet, news, suicide by sally

‘Bystanders who cruelly taunted a man before he fell from a multi-storey car park could face legal action, police have warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th March 2015

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FCA warns of potential pitfalls of ‘retweeting’ in new social media guidance – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 16th, 2015 in advertising, codes of practice, financial regulation, internet, news by sally

‘Financial services companies that ‘retweet’ comments on Twitter could find themselves in breach of rules on financial promotions, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has warned.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th March 2015

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Juncker’s Utopia: a virtual Europe without borders – RPC IP Hub

Posted March 13th, 2015 in copyright, EC law, electronic commerce, internet, news by sally

‘It is 2015 and the relentless appetite for consumption of content has never been greater. Consumers demand access to content that is immediate and available anytime anywhere in Europe without restriction. Binge viewing is the new norm. The desire for a virtual Europe without borders is palpable. But how does all this sit with Europe’s copyright laws? ‘

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RPC IP Hub, 6th March 2015

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Policing abuse in the online world – where does the law currently stand? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘The prevalence of racist and misogynistic abuse online has become firmly established as a matter that now warrants considerable political attention. As legislators pick between the differences in “real world” and online forms of abuse, as well as judicial borders of the internet, Rhory Robertson, partner at Collyer Bristow LLP, outlines the many questions that must be addressed in any new lawmaking.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 6th March 2015

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High Court awards £50,000 damages to lawyer libelled in online review – Legal Futures

Posted March 9th, 2015 in damages, defamation, internet, news by tracey

‘An American lawyer has successfully sued over an online review posted by a British man, winning £50,000 damages at the High Court.’

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Legal Futures, 9th March 2015

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