Rape: consenting in a digital age – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted October 24th, 2014 in alcohol abuse, consent, internet, news, rape by sally

‘Rape, as everyone knows, is having penetrative sexual activity with someone without that person’s consent and the defendant not reasonably believing that that person is consenting.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 24th October 2014

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NSPCC’s call for law change over sex messages – BBC News

Posted October 24th, 2014 in child abuse, electronic mail, internet, news, sexual offences, telecommunications by sally

‘Campaigners want it to be made illegal for adults to send sexual messages to children.’

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BBC News, 24th October 2014

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Can the PM Go to War? – BBC Law in Action

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in internet, news, sentencing, war by sally

‘The House of Lords votes this week on a government proposal to increase the sentence for internet trolling to two years. We ask Baroness Deech QC – herself a victim of trolling – what she thinks of the idea.’

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BBC Law in Action, 21st October 2014

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Right to be forgotten: who may exercise power, over which kind of information? – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in EC law, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘The fifth and sixth public meetings of Google’s advisory council met in Berlin and London recently, inviting experts and the public to discuss the outcome of the recent “right to be forgotten ruling” made by the European court of Justice. Adviser Luciano Floridi explains the consultations.’

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The Guardian, 21st October 2014

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Man sentenced to 21 years in prison for knifepoint rape of online date – The Independent

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in harassment, internet, news, rape, sentencing by sally

‘A man who brutally raped a woman at knifepoint, whom he had met on a dating website, has been sentenced to 21 years in jail.’

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The Independent, 21st October 2014

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Internet service providers must help crack down on fake goods, high court rules – The Guardian

Posted October 21st, 2014 in costs, counterfeiting, injunctions, internet, news, trade marks by sally

‘A landmark British test case has opened the gates for brand owners to compel internet service providers (ISPs) to police trademark infringement at scale, in addition to their already controversial role in copyright enforcement.’

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The Guardian, 20th October 2014

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Who, what, why: What laws currently cover trolling? – BBC News

‘Internet trolls could face two years in jail under new laws. But how does the British legal system currently police online abuse, asks Tom de Castella.’

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BBC News, 20th October 2014

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Man jailed for antisemitic tweet to Labour MP – The Guardian

Posted October 21st, 2014 in guilty pleas, internet, malicious communications, news, racism, sentencing by sally

‘An internet troll accused of sending an antisemitic message to Labour MP Luciana Berger has been sentenced to four weeks in prison at Merseyside magistrates court.’

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The Guardian, 20th October 2014

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‘Some paedophiles will never face justice’ – National Crime Agency chief – The Guardian

‘Some of the UK’s estimated 50,000 suspected paedophiles will escape prosecution, according to Britain’s leading law-enforcement officer, who said that authorities had to rethink how to pursue suspects and how they could be prevented from perpetrating crimes.’

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The Guardian, 20th October 2014

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Internet trolls face four times longer in jail, Chris Grayling pledges – The Guardian

‘Internet trolls who spread “venom” on social media could be jailed for up to two years, the justice secretary Chris Grayling has said as he announced plans to quadruple the maximum prison sentence.’

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The Guardian, 19th October 2014

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High Court rejects legal challenge against reforms to remote gambling regime – OUT-LAW.com

‘A legal challenge against UK government plans to reform remote gambling regulation and licensing in Great Britain has failed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th October 2014

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Revenge porn to be criminal offence with threat of two years in jail – The Guardian

Posted October 13th, 2014 in bills, blackmail, consent, internet, news, obscenity, pornography, privacy, prosecutions by sally

‘Revenge pornography – sharing sexually explicit images of former partners without their consent – is to become a criminal offence punishable by up to two years in prison.’

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The Guardian, 12th October 2014

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Commission criticised for withholding information on UK internet surveillance – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 13th, 2014 in disclosure, documents, EC law, intelligence services, internet, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘The European Commission must publish documents containing information about the UK’s communications surveillance operations or “properly justify” its reasons not to do so, an EU watchdog has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th October 2014

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Drug dealer Christopher Holloway jailed for 10 years – BBC News

Posted October 10th, 2014 in drug offences, internet, money laundering, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who sold drugs running a “legal high” website made £2.5m from his illegal activity, a court was told.’

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BBC News, 9th October 2014

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Academic behind copyright law changes warns that rights holders could lose even more control of content by taking test cases to court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 8th, 2014 in copyright, EC law, internet, news by sally

‘Rights holders could lose even more control over their content if they take cases to court to test new copyright exceptions, the academic whose proposals prompted the new laws has exclusively told Out-Law.com.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th October 2014

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National Crime Agency director general: UK snooping powers are too weak – The Guardian

‘Britons must accept a greater loss of digital freedoms in return for greater safety from serious criminals and terrorists in the internet age, according to the country’s top law enforcement officer.’

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The Guardian, 7th October 2014

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Seaham rabbit torturers spared prison – BBC News

Posted October 6th, 2014 in animal cruelty, community service, compensation, internet, news, sentencing by sally

‘Two men who posed naked in the bath with a pet rabbit before torturing and killing it have been spared jail.’

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BBC News, 3rd October 2014

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Keynote speech by Lord Neuberger at 5 RB Conference on the Internet, 30 September 2014 – Supreme Court

Posted October 2nd, 2014 in freedom of expression, internet, privacy, speeches by tracey

‘”What’s in a name?” – Privacy and anonymous speech on the Internet.’

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Supreme Court, 30th September 2014

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Ian Cram: Penalising the googling juror? – Reflections on the futility of Part 3 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill (2013-14) – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted October 2nd, 2014 in bills, crime, internet, juries, news by tracey

‘The hotchpotch of measures that comprises the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill is about to reach Report Stage in the House of Lords. The Bill sets out a panoply of new and controversial measures to deal with dangerous offenders, young offenders, drugs-testing in prisons, wilful neglect or ill-treatment by care workers, reforms to criminal proceedings (including the use of cautions), the possession of extreme pornographic images, civil proceedings involving judicial review (B. Jaffey & T. Hickman), personal injury cases and challenges to planning decisions. The adequacy of this miscellaneous approach to law reform will doubtless come under the fuller scrutiny that it deserves elsewhere. This blog takes as its focus provisions in Part 3 of the Bill which seeks to put on a statutory footing offences connected with private research by jurors. I suggest that resort to the criminal law constitutes a clumsy, impractical and unnecessarily punitive attempt to regulate the extra-curial activities of the modern, online juror. It is incumbent on our lawmakers to explore more imaginative responses to the undoubted problem of jurors’ access to untested, internet materials – responses that might be more obviously premised upon an appreciation of jurors’ dutiful efforts to arrive at just verdicts.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 2nd October 2014

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Investigation into McCann internet trolls launched by police – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 2nd, 2014 in harassment, internet, news, police, prosecutions, victims by tracey

‘Internet trolls who aim abuse, including death threats, at the family of missing girl Madeleine McCann could be prosecuted as part of a new police investigation. The Metropolitan Police has been passed an 80-page dossier of hundreds of tweets, Facebook posts and messages on online forums accusing Kate and Gerry McCann of being involved in their daughter’s disappearance in Portugal in 2007, and telling them they should “burn in hell”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd October 2014

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