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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Police alerted two years ago over Essex teacher who had indecent images – The Guardian

‘Police have been accused of a series of failings that left a deputy headmaster free for two years to secretly film pupils undressing using cameras hidden in an Essex school’s changing rooms. Scores of indecent images of boys aged nine to 12 were found at the home of Martin Goldberg, 46, a maths teacher at Thorpe Hall school in Southend, who took his own life this month after being visited by detectives.’

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The Guardian, 30th September 2014

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Peter Nunn jailed for abusive tweets to MP Stella Creasy – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2014 in harassment, internet, malicious communications, news, sentencing by tracey

‘Court sentences man to 18 weeks’ jail for bombarding politician with abuse on Twitter over Jane Austen £10 note campaign’

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The Guardian, 29th September 2014

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Competition watchdog bans deals between motor insurance and price comparison websites – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 29th, 2014 in competition, consumer protection, electronic commerce, insurance, internet, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘Exclusive pricing deals between car insurance providers and price comparison websites (PCWs) will be banned, the UK’s competition watchdog has confirmed, as part of its plans to increase competition and reduce the cost of insurance premiums for drivers.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th September 2014

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Law firm wins injunction against former client over online harassment – Legal Futures

Posted September 29th, 2014 in defamation, freedom of expression, harassment, injunctions, internet, law firms, news by tracey

‘A law firm has won an injunction against a former client who set up websites about the firm with its name in the URL, after the High Court deemed his actions to be harassment.’

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Legal Futures, 29th September 2014

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‘Cannibal’ nurse jailed for nine years – The Guardian

‘An NHS nurse who was convicted of sexual grooming after plotting to behead and eat a girl has been jailed for nine years.’

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The Guardian, 25th September 2014

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Cartier launches legal attempt to block websites selling counterfeit goods – The Guardian

Posted September 26th, 2014 in counterfeiting, electronic commerce, injunctions, internet, news, trade marks by tracey

‘Cartier International, the luxury watch and jewellery company, is attempting to block websites allegedly selling counterfeit goods in a test case that could have far-reaching consequences for the internet. Lawyers for the Paris-based company launched their claim at the high court in London on Thursday. It is believed to be the first time online service providers have been asked to close down websites on the grounds that they feature pirated trademark logos.’

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The Guardian, 25th September 2014

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More than 25,000 people caught viewing child porn online – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 23rd, 2014 in complaints, internet, news, police, pornography by sally

‘Operation Notarise, which started this year, has led to 660 arrests. However, the National Crime Agency says that it will never be able to pursue all of those caught up in the inquiry.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd September 2014

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Expenses scandal journalist Ben Leapman jailed for rape – BBC News

‘A former deputy news editor of the Sunday Telegraph has been jailed for seven years for raping a woman.’

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BBC News, 16th September 2014

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Advertising watchdog bans three ‘copycats’ of government websites – The Guardian

Posted September 17th, 2014 in advertising, birth certificates, documents, internet, news, passports, visas by tracey

‘The advertising watchdog has banned three “copycat” websites masquerading as government channels for health insurance cards, passports and birth certificates, leaving consumers thousands of pounds out of pocket.’

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The Guardian, 17th September 2014

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