‘Privacy law’ may need rewriting due to modern technology, says senior judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 26th, 2014 in courts, internet, judges, media, news, privacy, speeches by tracey

“Lord Neuberger, the president of the Supreme Court, indicates there may be a case for a rethink on privacy and communications laws thanks to the “enormous challenges” posed by the internet.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th August 2014

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Lasting powers of attorney applications to be made simpler and easier – Ministry of Justice

Posted August 22nd, 2014 in internet, powers of attorney, press releases by tracey

‘Lasting powers of attorney will be easier and simpler for people to make, Justice Minister Simon Hughes announces.’

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Ministry of Justice, 21st August 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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Charity Commission for England and Wales v Framjee and another – WLR Daily

Posted August 22nd, 2014 in charities, Charity Commission, internet, law reports, trusts by tracey

Charity Commission for England and Wales v Framjee and another; [2014] EWHC 2507 (Ch); [2014] WLR (D) 340

‘Where a charitable trust held donations intended for other charities nominated by members of the public, and there was a shortfall between the funds held by the charitable trust and the donations, it was just and appropriate to treat the unpaid charities as participants in a common misfortune brought about by the management of the donation scheme. Those charities should bear that burden equally as to the distribution of the remaining funds.’

WLR Daily, 22nd July 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Police officers investigated for social media breaches – BBC News

Posted August 19th, 2014 in codes of practice, internet, news, police, professional conduct by tracey

‘Hundreds of police officers have been investigated for breaching social media guidelines, research has revealed.
Freedom of Information requests by the Press Association found officers made racist comments online and asked crime victims to become Facebook friends.’

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BBC News, 19th August 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Judicial Speeches, Gaza Boycotts and Social Media Crimes – the Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This week, former leaders of the Khmer Rouge face life imprisonment for crimes against humanity committed in Cambodia. In other news, the on-going conflict in Gaza sparks controversy at home, while the Lords inquiry into social media offences reaches an unexpected conclusion.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th August 2014

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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Who Owns the Copyright in my Website? – Zenith Chambers

Posted August 14th, 2014 in artistic works, copyright, intellectual property, internet, news by sally

‘“I have paid a developer handsomely for my company’s website so my company owns the Copyright? Right?” Well, not exactly.

The question itself is predicated on a totally incorrect assumption of legal principle of their being a single copyright pertaining to a single site. When considered carefully, a website may consist of a large number of separate elements including music (or jingles), text, photographs, the font of the characters making up the site, colours, style, “look and feel”, language, sequence in which the web pages appear, forms, drawings and designs, and not forgetting the domain name itself. Each and every-one of those features attracts its own copyright and a website might therefore be correctly regarded as a ‘bundle’ of different rights protected separately by copyright law. How does this work? Let us begin by considering any music appearing on the website.’

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Zenith Chambers, 12th August 2014

Source: www.zenithchambers.co.uk

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Keyword advertising must not cause financial promotions to fall foul of compliance standards, warns FCA – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 14th, 2014 in advertising, financial regulation, internet, news by sally

‘Financial services companies have been warned to review their use of online keyword advertising after the City regulator said it can lead to financial promotions being deemed to be misleading.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th August 2014

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Copyright in the modern world: a load of monkey business? – Technology Law Update

‘The application of intellectual property law in our modern age is fraught with complexities. As societies and technologies develop, situations invariably arise that the drafters of legislation had perhaps not considered.’

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Technology Law Update, 8th August 2014

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

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Woman who tried to trick strangers into raping former colleague jailed – The Guardian

Posted August 11th, 2014 in assault, internet, news, rape, sentencing, sexual offences, threatening behaviour by sally

‘A woman who used sex chatrooms to try to trick strangers into raping a former work colleague has been jailed for six years.’

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The Guardian, 8th August 2014

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UK government to assess whether virtual currencies should be regulated – OUT-LAW.com

‘The UK government is to review the trade in virtual currencies to investigate whether it should regulated.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th August 2014

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Wikipedia refuses to delete photo as ‘monkey owns it’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 6th, 2014 in animals, copyright, internet, news, photography by sally

‘Wikimedia, the organisation behind Wikipedia, has refused a photographer’s repeated requests to delete his most famous shot as it is jeopardising his livelihood – because a monkey pressed the shutter button and “owns the copyright”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th August 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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DRIP – Data Retention Regulations come into force – Panopticon

‘The introduction of the controversial draft Data Retention Regulations 2014 has already been discussed by my colleague Robin Hopkins in his excellent post last month. The Regulations now have the force of law, having come into force on 31 July 2014 – see the Regulations here. In his post, Robin made the point that, following the judgment in Digital Rights Ireland, there were two methods for curtailing the infringement of privacy rights presupposed by the existing communications data retention (CDR) regime: either cut back on the data retention requirements provided for under the legislation, so as generally to limit the potential for interference with privacy rights, or introduce more robust safeguards with a view to ensuring that any interference with privacy rights is proportionate and otherwise justified. The Government, which has evidently opted for the latter approach in the new Regulations, will now need to persuade a somewhat sceptical public that the safeguards which have been adopted in the legislation strike the right balance as between the protection of privacy rights on the one hand and the imperative to support criminal law enforcement functions on the other.’

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Panopticon, 5th August 2014

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

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Wikipedia link to be hidden in Google under ‘right to be forgotten’ law – The Guardian

Posted August 4th, 2014 in freedom of expression, internet, news, privacy, statistics by sally

Google is set to restrict search terms to a link to a Wikipedia article, in the first request under Europe’s controversial new “right to be forgotten” legislation to affect the 110m-page encyclopaedia.

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The Guardian, 2nd August 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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The death of privacy – The Guardian

‘Google knows what you’re looking for. Facebook knows what you like. Sharing is the norm, and secrecy is out. But what is the psychological and cultural fallout from the end of privacy?’

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The Guardian, 3rd August 2014

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The ‘right to be forgotten’ simply doesn’t exist – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 31st, 2014 in data protection, EC law, internet, news, privacy by michael

‘Most people have moments in their past that they would prefer not to be in the spotlight. What if, when you enter your name in Google, the first thing that comes up is a link to an episode that you would like to be forgotten. Can it be forgotten? If it can, should it be? Should you have a right to have the link deleted? And based on what procedure?’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st July 2014

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Max Mosley to sue Google over sex party images – The Independent

Posted July 30th, 2014 in data protection, internet, media, news, privacy by sally

‘The ex-Formula 1 boss Max Mosley is suing Google for continuing to publish images of him with prostitutes at a sex party.’

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The Independent, 30th July 2014

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Right to be forgotten is unworkable, say peers – The Guardian

Posted July 30th, 2014 in data protection, EC law, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘A “right to be forgotten” – enforcing the removal of online material – is wrong in principle and unworkable in practice, a parliamentary committee has said.’

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The Guardian, 30th July 2014

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House of Lords inquiry into social media offences – what the report really says – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted July 29th, 2014 in crime, inquiries, internet, news, parliament, pornography by sally

‘The report is born out of a widely held belief that the law on policing what should be permitted on social media, and determining between the morally unacceptable and the criminal, is woefully inadequate in the current age

[Warning: contains strong language]

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 29th July 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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‘Revenge porn’ laws must be clearer, say Lords – The Guardian

‘Clarification is needed on the law around “revenge porn” and when it could lead to a prosecution, a committee of peers has said.’

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The Guardian, 29th July 2014

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Digital Economy Act copyright regime shelved by UK government – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 24th, 2014 in copyright, enforcement, intellectual property, internet, news by sally

‘Work on a new online copyright enforcement regime under the Digital Economy Act (DEA) has been shelved now that rights holders and internet service providers (ISPs) have voluntarily agreed a framework for educating alleged infringers about the harm of piracy, the UK government has confirmed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th July 2014

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