Internet monitoring bill ‘must do more to protect privacy’ – BBC News

‘Plans to authorise mass data collection and hacking by Britain’s spies do not do enough to protect privacy, a watchdog has warned.’

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BBC News, 9th February 2016

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MPs to use Human Rights Act to claim anonymity if arrested by police – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 8th, 2016 in anonymity, disclosure, human rights, inquiries, media, news, parliament, police, privacy by tracey

‘MPs will use human rights laws this week to prevent politicians being named the House of Commons after their arrest.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th February 2016

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Pervert teaching assistant Martyn Minter takes case to European Court of Human Rights – Daily Telegraph

‘The sports coach – jailed for 18 months after filming young boys in changing rooms – launches human rights case over sex offender register ruling.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd January 2016

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Gordon-Saker: Newspaper’s rights not breached by success fees and ATE recovery – Litigation Futures

‘A newspaper’s right to free expression under article 10 of the European Convention was not breached by being ordered to pay success fees and after-the-event (ATE) insurance premiums, Master Gordon-Saker has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th January 2016

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Legal Professional Privilege for Prisoners – The Bar Council

‘Justice Minister Andrew Selous MP has explained the authorisation process for listening in to communications between lawyers and clients in prisons. The parliamentary written answer, published yesterday, suggests that the prison service effectively self-authorises breaches of legal professional privilege (LPP).’

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The Bar Council, 13th January 2016

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Surveillance of Internet usage in the workplace – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 15th, 2016 in dismissal, electronic mail, employment, human rights, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘In December 2015, the European Court of Human Rights, by 6 votes to 1, dismissed a Romanian national’s appeal against his employer’s decision to terminate his contract for using a professional Yahoo Messenger account to send personal messages to his fiancé and brother.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 14th January 2015

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Private messages at work can be read by European employers – BBC News

Posted January 14th, 2016 in electronic mail, employment, human rights, interception, news, privacy by sally

‘Employers can read workers’ private messages sent via chat software and webmail accounts during working hours, judges have ruled.’

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BBC News, 13th January 2016

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Theresa May faces scrutiny over snooper’s charter implications – The Guardian

Posted January 13th, 2016 in bills, internet, investigatory powers, news, parliament, privacy, telecommunications by sally

‘MPs and peers are to challenge the home secretary, Theresa May, on the privacy implications and detailed operation of her snooper’s charter legislation when she appears before the bill’s parliamentary scrutiny committee.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2016

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Privacy watchdog attacks snooper’s charter over encryption – The Guardian

‘The information commissioner’s office has heavily criticised the draft Investigatory Powers bill for attacking individuals’ privacy, particularly in relation to the apparent requirement on communication providers to weaken or break their data encryption at the government’s request.’

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The Guardian, 12th January 2016

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Use and value of ‘internet connection records’ will indicate whether their retention is justified, says watchdog – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 12th, 2016 in bills, internet, news, privacy, telecommunications by sally

‘The use and value of ‘internet connection records’ (ICRs) in helping detect, prevent and investigate serious crime and terrorism should be assessed to help decide whether providers should be forced to collect the data, the UK’s information commissioner has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th January 2016

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Publisher of The Daily Telegraph fined £30,000 for general election email campaign – RPC Data and Privacy Law

Posted January 4th, 2016 in elections, electronic mail, fines, media, news, privacy by sally

‘On 15 December 2015 the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued Telegraph Media Group Limited (the Telegraph) with a Monetary Penalty Notice (see here) under section 55A of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA 1998) following a “serious contravention” of Regulation 22 of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (PECR 2003).’

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RPC Data and Privacy Law, 30th December 2015

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Phone Hacking and the Level of Damages – Panopticon

Posted December 21st, 2015 in damages, interception, media, news, privacy by sally

‘It is panto season, and everyone loves a good villain. This Christmas’ Wicked Stepmother is the Mirror Group who, when asking ‘Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the most liable of them all?’ has received the answer from the Court of Appeal that they are and must pay the consequences.’

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Panopticon, 17th December 2015

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‘Plebgate’ and the protection of journalistic sources – Panopticon

Posted December 18th, 2015 in damages, interception, investigatory powers, media, news, police, privacy by tracey

‘It has been a mixed day for the media’s entanglements with the judiciary. Chris Knight posted earlier today about the unhappy outcome for Mirror Group Newspapers before the Court of Appeal in the Gulati privacy damages litigation arising from phone-hacking. News Group Newspapers, however – together with Sun journalist claims Tom Newton Dunn, Anthony France and Craig Woodehouse – had a happier outcome in another case about telephone privacy, though this time with the media as victim rather than perpetrator of the interference.’

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Panopticon, 17th December 2015

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Phone hacking: 10 years of resignations, cover-ups and convictions – The Guardian

‘It began in December 2005 when the Metropolitan police started an investigation into the hacking of Prince William’s phone and has ended exactly 10 years later. In the intervening period, hundreds lost their jobs and many more reputations were both shredded and made, mainly on the legal benches.’

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The Guardian, 11th December 2015

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That’s Entertainment? The Anonymity of Arrestees and the Law – Doughty Street

‘Last week, The Mirror reported that John Leslie was being questioned by police in connection with an alleged sexual assault. The report contained photographs of the police with evidence bags outside Leslie’s house. The Mirror reminded its readers of allegations made against the former TV presenter in 2002 and 2008. This the most recent example of media reports concerning allegations of sexual offences involving public figures.’

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Doughty Street, 2nd December 2015

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David Miranda in fresh challenge over Heathrow detention – The Guardian

‘David Miranda, the partner of the former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, has launched a fresh appeal challenging the legality of his detention under counter-terrorism powers for nine hours at Heathrow airport in 2013.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2015

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High Court: no litigation privilege for recordings of meetings where witnesses “deliberately deceived” – Litigation Futures

Posted December 8th, 2015 in news, privacy, privilege, witnesses by sally

‘A Manchester-based property developer cannot claim litigation privilege for secret recordings of meetings where witnesses were “deliberately deceived”, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 8th December 2015

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Serbian Forum Shopper in Breach of his Duty of Full and Frank Disclosure has his Privacy and Libel Action Struck Out – RPC Data and Privacy Law

‘On 23 November 2015 Sir Michael Tugendhat set aside an order for service out of the jurisdiction of proceedings for the misuse of private information and libel which had been made by Master Roberts on 31 March 2015 in respect of an article in Politika, a Serbian language newspaper circulating in Serbia and neighbouring countries in hard copy and available in this country only on the internet. Sir Michael held that the Claimant was in breach of his duty of full and frank disclosure and the case is a significant reminder of the duty of candour that rests upon a claimant when seeking permission to serve outside the jurisdiction under CPR 6.36 and of the perils of over-enthusiastic attempts to squeeze foreign claims into this jurisdiction. The case is also important on the question of how section 9(2) Defamation Act 2013 requiring evidence that England and Wales is “clearly the most appropriate place in which to bring an action in respect of the statement” is to be interpreted and the burden it places on a Claimant which the judge decided had not been discharged in this case.’

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RPC Data and Privacy Law, 7th December 2015

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E-Privacy Goes Mobile – Panopticon

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in conspiracy, injunctions, internet, news, privacy, regulations, telecommunications by tracey

‘Although most readers of this blog will be familiar, to some extent, with the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (“PECR”), they are a rarely sighted beast in the reported jurisprudence. Panopticon is aware of individual damages claims brought in the County Courts for small sums, but even they are few and far between.’

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Panopticon, 2nd December 2015

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FCA launches investigation into insurance companies which ‘snoop’ on customers – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 25th, 2015 in consumer protection, inquiries, insurance, internet, news, ombudsmen, privacy by sally

‘The regulatory body said insurers are going to great lengths to harvest personal data.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th November 2015

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