Mosley v Google: RIP – Panopticon

Posted May 19th, 2015 in data protection, EC law, human rights, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘So Max Mosley has done a deal with Google in respect of his claim that Google had breached his rights under the DPA 1998 by refusing to block certain images and videos accessible via the Google search engine (see this FT article which suggests that the settlement also applies to claims brought by Mr Mosley in Germany and France). The settlement of the claim, which follows on from Google’s failed strike out application (discussed further below), leaves unanswered a number of really important questions concerning the application of data protection rights in the online world. Not least, the settlement leaves open the question of the extent to which the so-called ‘right to be forgotten’ can operate so as to force internet search engines, not only to de-index individual URLs on request, but also to block access to the offending data globally (i.e. as ISEs already do, for example, where images of child pornography are identified).’

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Panopticon, 18th May 2015

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Codes of practice for the acquisition, disclosure and retention of communications data – Home Office

‘Guidance on the procedures that should be followed when the communications data is accessed or disclosed under RIPA, or retained under DRIPA or the ATCSA.’

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Home Office, 15th May 2015

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Using photographs from social media—rights of privacy – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted May 13th, 2015 in complaints, consent, internet, media, news, photography, privacy by tracey

‘The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) recently upheld a complaint against a newspaper after it published an image taken from social media without consent.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 13th May 2015

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Snoopers’ Charter: Theresa May’s plan to push ahead with Communications Data Bill sparks online campaign for internet freedom – The Independent

‘Online campaigners have already begun fighting Conservative plans to push ahead with the introduction of sweeping new surveillance powers in what has been dubbed the “Snoopers’ Charter”.’

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The Independent, 10th May 2015

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New guidance developed to help local authorities communicate via social media – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 7th, 2015 in internet, local government, media, news by sally

‘A new information platform has been set up to help local authorities improve the way they communicate on social media.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th May 2015

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Supreme court puts archive of recordings of past cases online – The Guardian

Posted May 5th, 2015 in appeals, internet, law reports, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The supreme court is to make recordings of past cases available online as a free video archive.’

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The Guardian, 5th May 2015

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Ched Evans website will not face legal action – BBC News

Posted May 1st, 2015 in identification, internet, news, rape, victims by tracey

‘No action will be taken against a website supporting rapist Ched Evans following an inquiry into whether his victim was identified.’

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BBC News, 30th April 2015

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Senior judge says the UK needs a new Copyright Act – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 30th, 2015 in copyright, EC law, intellectual property, internet, judges, legislation, news, speeches by sally

‘The UK government should create a new Copyright Act to address changes in technology, developments internationally and in the EU and a range of problems and issues that have arisen with existing UK copyright laws since they were introduced in 1988, a senior judge has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th April 2015

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Administration of rights associated with digital information as part of the deceased’s estate – New Square Chambers

Posted April 29th, 2015 in administrators, internet, news by sally

‘Under English law, information does not pass as property to a personal representative after the death of the deceased, (See Oxford v Moss [1979] 68 Cr App R 183; per Lord Upjohn in Boardman v Phipps [1967] 2 AC 46, at 127; and per Floyd LJ in Your Response Limited v Datateam Business Media Ltd [2015] QB 41, at paragraph [42]) but rights associated with the information can vest in the representative. Where the information is digital, it exists as electrical signals rather than as an integral part of a physical form such as the words printed on the paper of a book. Digital information can exist both locally, on computing devices that were owned and used by the deceased, and in a cloud, on computing devices that are connected to the internet and to which the deceased had been connected for the provision of digital and other services. It is no longer sufficient to deliver a computing device to the relevant beneficiary without investigating what digital information is stored on that device and whether the deceased stored any digital information in a cloud. In some cases, information stored on a local device can provide the only clue to the existence of cloudstored information.’

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New Square Chambers, March 2015

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Paedophile gang committed some of most ‘vile and depraved’ offences police had seen – The Independent

Posted April 23rd, 2015 in children, conspiracy, gangs, internet, news, sexual grooming, sexual offences by sally

‘A gang of paedophiles who raped and abused babies, toddlers and children under five in attacks that were streamed over the internet have been described by police as committing some of the most “vile and depraved” offences they had ever seen.’

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The Independent, 22nd April 2015

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Teenager walks free from court after trying to order lethal toxin over internet – The Guardian

Posted April 21st, 2015 in attempts, internet, news, poisoning, suicide, young persons by sally

‘A “troubled” 16-year-old boy from Greater Manchester who ordered a deadly toxin from the dark web has walked free from court after claiming he tried to buy the poison to kill himself.’

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The Guardian, 20th April 2015

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News focus: law and justice pledges – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The general election manifestos are in – here’s our quick-fire summary of their headline pledges on law and justice.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th April 2015

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Law firms exploiting EU ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling to help individuals remove awkward newspaper articles from Google – The Independent

Posted April 20th, 2015 in EC law, freedom of information, internet, law firms, media, news, public interest by sally

‘Ambulance-chasing law firms are using the European Court’s ruling on the “right to be forgotten” to drum up business, leading to a rise in the number of newspaper articles being deleted from Google search results.’

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The Independent, 17th April 2015

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Penelope Mellor given restraining order after stalking campaigner Shy Keenan – BBC News

Posted April 17th, 2015 in harassment, internet, news, restraining orders by sally

‘A woman who stalked an anti-child abuse campaigner by “bombarding” her with Twitter messages has been given a restraining order for five years.’

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BBC News, 18th April 2015

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Copyright rules do not provide freedom to retransmit TV programmes online, says UK government – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 15th, 2015 in copyright, internet, news, video recordings by sally

‘UK copyright laws do not provide online content providers with freedom to retransmit TV programmes shown by UK public service broadcasters (PSBs) to fixed-line internet users who could otherwise watch the programmes on TV, the UK government has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th April 2015

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Lawyers to be offered new .law domain names – Legal Futures

Posted April 15th, 2015 in internet, legal profession, news by sally

‘Law firms, legal publishers, law societies and bar associations will be able to reserve web addresses using the new generic domain name .law for $200 (£135) a year, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 15th April 2015

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Child pornography cases double as paedophiles pursue vile profit from abuse – Daily Telegraph

‘Internet Watch Foundation report warns of increasing commercialisation of online child abuse images, with some even being traded for the digital ‘bitcoin’ currency ‘

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Daily Telegraph, 14th April 2015

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Revenge porn: New offence comes into force – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 13th, 2015 in consent, internet, news, photography, pornography, prosecutions by sally

‘Sharing indecent images to embarrass former partners will carry up to two years’ imprisonment, as new law also cracks down on internet ‘trolls’.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th April 2015

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Facebook boast Tesco robber Andrew Hennells jailed – BBC News

Posted April 13th, 2015 in internet, news, robbery, sentencing, weapons by sally

‘An armed robber who boasted on Facebook about his plans to raid a supermarket has been jailed for four years.’

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BBC News, 10th April 2015,

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Abolition of paper car tax disc: Why are drivers being fined and having vehicles towed away? – The Independent

Posted April 13th, 2015 in fines, internet, news, statistics, vehicle excise duty by sally

‘Thousands more new car owners are being hit with fines and having their cars clamped and towed away since major changes were made to the tax disc system.’

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The Independent, 13th April 2015

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