The ‘snooper’s charter’ is a threat to academic freedom – The Guardian

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in intelligence services, internet, investigatory powers, news, universities by sally

‘Increasing online surveillance has serious implications for researchers and study participants. Academics need to be more careful than ever.’

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The Guardian, 1st December 2016

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UK surveillance laws reformed in new Investigatory Powers Act – OUT-LAW.com

‘UK surveillance laws have been updated with the enactment of the new Investigatory Powers Act.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th November 2016

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Investigatory Powers Bill receives Royal Assent – Home Office

Posted November 30th, 2016 in bills, intelligence services, internet, investigatory powers, press releases, privacy by tracey

‘A landmark bill which sets out and governs the powers available to the police, security and intelligence agencies to gather and access electronic communications has received Royal Assent.’

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Home Office, 29th November 2016

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Investigatory Powers Bill officially passes into law, giving Britain the ‘most extreme spying powers ever se en’ – The Independent

Posted November 30th, 2016 in bills, intelligence services, internet, investigatory powers, news, privacy by tracey

‘Britain’s intelligence services have officially been given the “most extreme spying powers ever seen”. The Investigatory Powers Act has now been given royal assent, meaning that those surveillance rules will pass into law. The bill was officially unveiled a year ago and passed through the House of Lords earlier this month, but the act of being signed off means that those powers now go into effect.’

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The Independent, 29th November 2016

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Sextortion: Rise in blackmail-related suicides over sexual images shared online – The Independent

Posted November 30th, 2016 in blackmail, internet, news, suicide by tracey

‘Four men killed themselves in the last year after being blackmailed as part of an increasing cyber “sextortion” racket.
International gangs of organised criminals are targeting more and more young men by luring them into potentially compromising positions, the National Crime Agency said.’

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The Independent, 30th November 2016

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Digital Economy Bill passed by MPs, forcing people to ask if they want to watch porn – The Independent

Posted November 29th, 2016 in bills, freedom of expression, internet, news, pornography by sally

‘The law has been criticised both by free speech advocates as well as those who want it to cover more websites.’

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The Independent, 29th November 2016

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Ofcom pushes ahead with legal separation of BT from Openreach – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 29th, 2016 in competition, EC law, internet, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Ofcom will order BT to legally separate from its Openreach network after the company failed to address “competition concerns” voluntarily.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th November 2016

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Rivals’ keyword marketing activity censured by High Court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 25th, 2016 in advertising, internet, news, trade marks by tracey

‘Online marketing activity carried out separately by two rival bathroom retailers respectively infringed trade mark and passing off rights, the High Court in London has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th November 2016

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Porn sites that refuse to check ages will be forcibly blocked by regulator – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 21st, 2016 in children, internet, news, pornography by sally

‘Pornography websites that refuse to check ages before allowing people to watch explicit videos will be forcibly blocked, it has been announced.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th November 2016

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EU ruling should help clarify legitimacy of online platform bans, says UK competition regulator – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 18th, 2016 in competition, EC law, electronic commerce, internet, news by sally

‘A case before the EU’s highest court should help clarify whether online platform bans should automatically be considered as breaching competition laws, a UK competition regulator has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th November 2016

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UK broadband advertising rules to be updated – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 18th, 2016 in advertising, internet, news by sally

‘UK rules on broadband advertising are to be updated, the bodies that write and enforce the rules have said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th November 2016

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Investigatory Powers Bill: ‘Snoopers Charter 2’ to pass into law, giving Government sweeping spying powers – The Independent

Posted November 18th, 2016 in bills, internet, investigatory powers, news, telecommunications by sally

‘The bill will force internet companies to store their users’ browsing data for a year, and will allow the government to force phone makers to hack into people’s handsets.’

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The Independent, 18th November 2016

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Lauri Love extradition: British hacker who breached US government computers to be handed to US by Amber Rudd – The Independent

Posted November 15th, 2016 in appeals, autism, computer crime, extradition, interception, internet, news by tracey

‘Home Secretary Amber Rudd has authorised an order extraditing Lauri Love to the US, where he is accused of hacking into government computers.’

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The Independent, 14th November 2016

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Digital courts’ success will win over sceptics, says senior judge – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 8th, 2016 in courts, internet, judges, news, witnesses by sally

‘The judge leading efforts to drag the courts system into the 21st century has reassured sceptical lawyers they will be won over by technological advances.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th November 2016

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British campaigners warn of emergency over online child sexual abuse – The Guardian

Posted November 8th, 2016 in child abuse, internet, news, reports, sexual offences by sally

‘Child exploitation campaigners have warned of a looming “social emergency” after a report by the NSPCC suggested more than half a million men in the UK may have viewed child sexual abuse images on the internet.’

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The Guardian, 8th November 2016

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Advertisers and ‘vloggers’ both ‘responsible for accurately labelling ads’, says CAP – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 7th, 2016 in advertising, internet, news by sally

‘Advertisers and video bloggers (vloggers) have been issued with a reminder that they are both “responsible for accurately labelling” adverts contained in video blogs (vlogs).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th November 2016

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Crimes following Tinder and Grindr hook-ups rocket in last four years – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 7th, 2016 in crime, internet, news, statistics by sally

‘The number of crimes reported in which victims met their attackers on dating apps Tinder or Grindr has rocketed by 2,000 per cent in the past five years, new data reveals.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th November 2016

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Lawyer rebuked for gloating at ‘win’ over parents seeking special needs support – The Guardian

‘he lawyer who sent a series of tweets gloating at a tribunal victory over parents who were trying to get specialist support for an autistic child has been given an official rebuke by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2016

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Police forces ‘overwhelmed’ by digital evidence, watchdog finds – BBC News

Posted November 3rd, 2016 in documents, electronic mail, evidence, internet, news, police, telecommunications by tracey

‘Some police forces in England and Wales risk being “overwhelmed” by the volume of digital evidence being collected, the police watchdog has warned.’

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BBC News, 3rd November 2016

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Barrister disbarred over antisemitic and racist tweets – Legal Futures

Posted October 31st, 2016 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, internet, news, racism by sally

‘A barrister who sent out a series of anti-semitic and racist tweets has been disbarred by a Bar disciplinary tribunal.’

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Legal Futures, 28th October 2016

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