Controversial snooping technology ‘used by at least seven police forces’ – The Guardian

Posted October 11th, 2016 in interception, investigatory powers, London, news, police, privacy, telecommunications by sally

‘Controversial surveillance technology that indiscriminately harvests information from mobile phones is being used by at least seven police forces across the country, a far larger number than previously known, according to police documents.’

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The Guardian, 10th October 2016

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UK court bars GMC from releasing report into doctor’s professional competence to patient on privacy grounds – OUT-LAW.com

‘A doctor has successfully prevented the General Medical Council (GMC) from disclosing a report concerning an investigation in his professional competence to one of his patients.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th October 2016

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Witness the Fitness (to Practise): Mixed Personal Data and Section 7 DPA – Panopticon

Posted October 3rd, 2016 in complaints, data protection, doctors, medical records, news, privacy by sally

‘The medical profession is only too used to the occasional outbreak of SARS. It is perhaps a little less used to an influx of SARs, as made under section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998. In the case of the General Medical Council, requests for personal data will involve very sensitive data and just as sensitive issues of balance and extraction of the data of different parties. So it was in Dr DB v General Medical Council [2016] EWHC 2331 (QB).’

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Panopticon, 28th September 2016

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Court ban over Pippa Middleton hacked iCloud photos – BBC News

Posted September 29th, 2016 in injunctions, interception, internet, news, photography, privacy by tracey

‘The High Court has banned publication of photographs allegedly stolen from Pippa Middleton’s iCloud account.’

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BBC news, 28th September 2016

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Regulatory focus on data access restrictions could impact Uber, retailers, insurers and car manufacturers, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 27th, 2016 in competition, data protection, EC law, financial regulation, insurance, news, privacy by sally

‘Retailers, insurers, car manufacturers and the fast-growing software company Uber are among the businesses that should take note of the increased regulatory scrutiny being placed on restrictions of access to data.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th September 2016

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Privacy of a doctor under GMC investigation clashes with that of his patient – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 26th, 2016 in complaints, data protection, doctors, medical records, news, privacy by sally

‘An interesting three-way privacy fight between a GP, a patient who had complained about his treatment by the GP, and the GMC who had investigated that complaint. The prize in that fight was a copy of a medical report obtained by the GMC from an independent expert, which had concluded that the GP’s care had fallen below “but not seriously below” the expected standard.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th September 2016

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Prince George photos breached privacy, watchdog rules – BBC News

Posted September 16th, 2016 in complaints, media, news, photography, privacy, royal family by tracey

‘Photographs showing Prince George sitting on a police motorbike have been ruled to be a breach of privacy by the press standards watchdog.’

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BBC News, 15th September 2016

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Drones: flightpath to the future? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted September 6th, 2016 in aircraft, data protection, insurance, news, privacy, regulations by sally

‘Drones are rapidly being seen as a feature of the near future, because of the dramatic rise in their private use in the UK.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 5th September 2016

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Drones: flightpath to the future? – Counsel

Posted September 1st, 2016 in aircraft, data protection, insurance, news, privacy, regulations by sally

‘Drones are rapidly being seen as a feature of the near future, because of the dramatic rise in their private use in the UK.’

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Counsel, September 2016

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Privacy at all costs? – New Law Journal

Posted September 1st, 2016 in appeals, costs, financial provision, media, news, privacy, public interest, Supreme Court by sally

‘Wyatt v Vince illustrates the growing trend towards openness of family proceedings, says Sarah Hughes.’

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New Law Journal, 17th August 2016

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UK data privacy regulator to monitor WhatsApp’s data sharing with Facebook – The Guardian

Posted August 30th, 2016 in data protection, internet, news, privacy, telecommunications by sally

‘The UK’s data privacy regulator said on Friday it would monitor how popular messaging service WhatsApp shares data with parent Facebook under a new privacy policy.’

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The Guardian, 26th August 2016

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Council fined £100,000 after social care files left in empty building – The Guardian

Posted August 17th, 2016 in data protection, fines, local government, news, privacy, social services by sally

‘A county council has been fined £100,000 after files containing highly sensitive personal details of more than 100 people were discovered in a disused building.’

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The Guardian, 17th August 2016

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Does the BBC really have a digital licence to snoop? – The Guardian

Posted August 15th, 2016 in BBC, internet, investigatory powers, licensing, media, news, privacy, spying by sally

‘Reports of the corporation’s mass surveillance of iPlayer viewers evading their annual fee may be exaggerated.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2016

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Domestic abuse privacy breach: Greater Manchester Police pays victim – BBC News

Posted August 11th, 2016 in compensation, domestic violence, news, police, privacy, victims by tracey

‘A domestic abuse victim has received £75,000 from a police force after it revealed details of her treatment by a former boyfriend without her consent.’

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BBC News, 11th August 2016

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Orlando Bloom naked pictures: What privacy rights does the actor have? – The Independent

‘The Independent spoke to a media lawyer about whether Bloom’s legal right to privacy has been invaded by publication of the pictures’

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The Independent, 5th August 2016

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Everything You Need To Know About Secrecy In The Family Courts – RightsInfo

‘One of the central principles of the family justice system has long been ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of the families involved. Families going through divorces, child custody proceedings or cases involving child abuse have typically had their identities and the details of their cases protected. But over recent years there has been a rising perception that the family courts are secretive and unaccountable – sparking calls for increased transparency, and raising important questions for human rights.’

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Rightsinfo, 27th July 2016

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The Human Rights Act helps us hold power to account. We must defend it – The Guardian

‘Protestors like John Catt are being monitored by the state without explanation – except that they ‘could be a victim’ of a future crime. What’s going on?’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2016

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UK government tests whether ‘online activity history’ can serve to verify identity – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 27th, 2016 in data protection, internet, news, parliament, privacy, statistics by sally

‘The UK government has tested whether internet users’ “online activity history”, including data from social networks, can be used to verify their identity when they use online public services.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th July 2016

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Restrictions on access to internet connection records agreed by UK peers – OUT-LAW.com

‘New UK surveillance laws will restrict access to people’s internet connection records (ICRs) further than was originally proposed after amendments to the Investigatory Powers Bill were approved in the UK parliament.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th July 2016

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Investigatory Powers Bill: Theresa May-led legislation could be killed by ruling from European Court, privacy campaigners claim – The Independent

‘A European Court of Justice ruling could deal a “serious blow” to Theresa May’s most prized piece of legislation, campaigners have said.’

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The Independent, 19th July 2016

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