Terrorism laws watchdog issues warning over security services scrutiny – The Guardian

‘David Anderson says privacy and civil liberties board that is planned to replace his job must have unfettered access.’

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The Guardian, 17th July 2014

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Record number of data complaints made to ICO – BBC News

Posted July 16th, 2014 in appeals, complaints, data protection, disclosure, fines, news, nuisance, privacy, statistics by tracey

‘The UK’s information commissioner has called for better funding for the country’s data regulator amid a record number of cases.’

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BBC News, 15th July 2014

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Emergency surveillance bill clears Commons – The Guardian

‘Controversial emergency surveillance legislation has cleared the Commons after an extended sitting and angry exchanges alleging an abuse of parliament.’

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The Guardian, 16th July 2014

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Data sharing rules must be reformed – Law Commission

Posted July 14th, 2014 in data protection, disclosure, Law Commission, news, privacy by sally

‘The law that governs how public bodies share data must be modernised, simplified and clarified, according to the Law Commission. Law reform will help to create a principled and clear legal structure for protecting individual privacy and for the data sharing required by today’s public bodies and the people they serve.’

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Law Commission, 11th July 2014

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NSA surveillance data: UK access to information faces legal challenge – The Guardian

‘The biggest domestic legal challenge to UK intelligence agencies accessing the mass data harvested by the US National Security Agency (NSA) begins on Monday, and may be one reason behind the government’s decision to introduce emergency surveillance laws into parliament next week, campaigners have suggested.’

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The Guardian, 11th July 2014

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Tribunal to hear legal challenge to GCHQ surveillance claims – BBC News

‘A tribunal is to hear a legal challenge by civil liberty groups against the alleged use of mass surveillance programmes by UK intelligence services.’

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BBC News, 14th July 2014

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Emergency data law: What you need to know about the bill that makes ISPs store your data – The Independent

‘The Government has caused uproar this morning by introducing an emergency bill that forces telecom companies to store users’ personal data for 12 months despite the European Union ruling this April that such powers are illegal.’

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The Independent, 10th July 2014

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Surveillance law wins cross-party support but critics claim stitch-up – The Guardian

‘David Cameron and his Liberal Democrat deputy, Nick Clegg, have unveiled emergency surveillance legislation that will shore up government powers to require phone and internet companies to retain and hand over data to the security services.

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The Guardian, 10th July 2014

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Tougher penalties urged for people who name rape victims on social media – The Guardian

Posted July 10th, 2014 in anonymity, internet, news, penalties, privacy, select committees, victims by sally

‘Tougher penalties may be needed to deal with Twitter and Facebook users who are “deliberately naming and abusing” rape victims online, a legal adviser to the Crown Prosecution Service has said.’

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The Guardian, 9th July 2014

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Emergency surveillance law to be brought in with cross-party support – The Guardian

Posted July 10th, 2014 in bills, EC law, internet, news, privacy, telecommunications by sally

‘Controversial emergency laws will be introduced into the Commons next Monday to reinforce the powers of security services to require phone companies to keep records of their customers’ calls.’

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The Guardian, 10th July 2014

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Ministers push for new legislation to track phone usage – The Guardian

‘Ministers are poised to pass emergency laws to require phone companies to log records of phone calls, texts and internet usage, but Labour and Liberal Democrats are warning that they will not allow any new law to become a backdoor route to reinstating a wider “snooper’s charter”.’

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The Guardian, 6th July 2014

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UK news organisations criticise Google over implementation of new law – The Guardian

Posted July 4th, 2014 in EC law, internet, media, names, news, privacy by tracey

‘Google has come under fire for its “clumsy” approach to obeying Europe’s new “right to be forgotten” law, after it began blocking some name-based searches to articles on the websites of UK news organisations. The Guardian, Daily Mail and BBC complained about the search engine implementing a ruling made in May by Europe’s highest court, the European court of justice, by starting to remove links to some pages when searches are made against particular names.’

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The Guardian, 3rd July 2014

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Plea for no new social-media laws – BBC News

‘No new laws are needed to deal with social media – just a better understanding of the existing ones, a leading barrister has told peers.’

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BBC News, 2nd July 2014

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ISPs take legal action against GCHQ – BBC News

Posted July 2nd, 2014 in complaints, intelligence services, interception, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘Seven internet service providers have filed a legal complaint against the UK’s intelligence agency GCHQ.’

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BBC News, 2nd July 2014

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Lawyer seeks shorter Andy Coulson sentence – BBC News

Posted July 2nd, 2014 in conspiracy, interception, media, news, privacy, sentencing, telecommunications by sally

‘Andy Coulson did not know the phone hacking going on while he was News of the World editor was illegal and this fact should mitigate the sentence he faces, his lawyer has said.’

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BBC News, 1st July 2014

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Hacking trial: Legal battle set to cost taxpayers millions of pounds – The Independent

Posted July 2nd, 2014 in appeals, conspiracy, costs, fees, interception, media, news, privacy, prosecutions by sally

‘A legal battle between Rupert Murdoch’s News UK and England’s prosecuting authorities over the “astronomical” costs of the record-breaking phone hacking trial will involve “millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money”.’

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The Independent, 1st July 2014

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Facebook faces UK probe over emotion study – BBC News

Posted July 2nd, 2014 in consent, data protection, internet, news, privacy, select committees by sally

‘A UK regulator is investigating whether Facebook broke data protection laws when it conducted a psychological study on users without their consent.’

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BBC News, 2nd July 2014

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Andy Coulson and Clive Goodman face re-trial – BBC News

‘Andy Coulson and Clive Goodman are to face a re-trial on a charge that they bought royal telephone directories from police officers.’

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BBC News, 30th June 2014

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Phone hacking: it was right to charge Rebekah Brooks, says Keir Starmer – The Guardian

‘Prosecutors were right to charge Rebekah Brooks and other News of the World executives over conspiracy to hack phones as the trials have helped determine who knew about widespread malpractice at the newspaper, Sir Keir Starmer, the former director of public prosecutions, has said.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2014

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Mini-pupils in chambers: legal and ethical issues – The Bar Council

Posted June 27th, 2014 in data protection, news, privacy, professional conduct, pupillage by tracey

‘The Bar Council’s Professional Practice Committee (PPC) has published a new document covering mini-pupils.’

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The Bar Council, 26th June 2014

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