Apple under pressure as lawyers pledge action over ‘Error 53’ codes – The Guardian

‘Apple has come under pressure to scrap its controversial policy of permanently disabling repaired iPhone 6s when software is upgraded, following a global consumer backlash and claims the company could be acting illegally.’

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The Guardian, 8th February 2016

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Investigatory powers bill: snooper’s charter lacks clarity, MPs warn – The Guardian

‘The government’s investigatory powers bill lacks clarity and is sowing confusion among tech firms about the extent to which “internet connection records” will be collected, a parliamentary select committee has warned.’

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The Guardian, 1st February 2016

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Fines for driving while on phone fall four fold in three years – Daily Telegraph

‘Sharp drop in penalties for motorists on mobiles fuels fears police are turning a blind eye.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd January 2016

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Phone hacking: Fresh News of the World claims to be heard – BBC News

Posted January 19th, 2016 in class actions, interception, media, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Fresh claims of phone hacking by the now defunct News of the World newspaper can be heard in court, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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BBC News, 18th January 2016

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BT takeover of EE gets final Competition and Markets Authority clearance – BBC News

Posted January 15th, 2016 in competition, mergers, news, telecommunications by sally

‘BT Group’s takeover of mobile phone network EE has been given final clearance by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).’

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BBC News, 15th January 2016

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Licence stripped from company that made 40 million nuisance calls – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 13th, 2016 in claims management, licensing, news, telecommunications by sally

‘A company that made almost 40 million nuisance calls in just 3 months has today had its licence revoked by the Claims Management Regulator (CMR).’

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Ministry of Justice, 12th 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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Councils call for online judicial approval of access to communications data – Local Government Lawyer

‘Councils should be able to apply for and be granted magistrates’ approval electronically for access to communications data, the Local Government Association and trading standards organisations have said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th 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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Snooper’s charter would be out of date in five years, says defence industry – The Guardian

Posted January 8th, 2016 in bills, internet, investigatory powers, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘The accelerating pace of technology means the government’s landmark snooper’s charter bill will only have a limited shelf life and will need to be revisited within five years, Britain’s defence and security industry has told MPs and peers.
They have warned that there are serious questions over whether fundamental parts of the new law that will overhaul of surveillance powers will be relevant in the near future as the technological landscape changes.’

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The Guardian, 7th January 2016

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Organisations should learn lessons on outsourcing from BT Cornwall case, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

‘Both customers and suppliers can learn lessons on outsourcing from a recent dispute ruled on by the High Court in London.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th January 2016

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Drivers caught using mobile phones face £150 fines – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 21st, 2015 in careless driving, fines, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin plans to hit drivers who flout the law with higher fines, rising from £100 to £150, and more penalty points on their licences’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th December 2015

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Police illegally accessed journalist’s phone records during Plebgate investigation – Daily Telegraph

‘The Metropolitan Police illegally accessed the phone records of a journalist while desperately trying to find the source of a leek during the Plebgate scandal, a tribunal has ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 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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CPS ends phone hacking investigations – BBC News

‘No more prosecutions will be brought over alleged phone hacking at newspapers owned by the Mirror Group or News Group Newspapers, prosecutors say.’

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BBC News, 11th December 2015

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Gang guilty over £600,000 phone scam against pensioners – BBC News

Posted December 11th, 2015 in conspiracy, elderly, fraud, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘Four men have been convicted over a phone scam carried out across the south of England that defrauded 18 pensioners out of a total of £600,000.’

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BBC News, 10th December 2015

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Explicit sex ads were ‘irresponsibly placed’ in children’s smartphone app – The Guardian

Posted December 9th, 2015 in advertising, children, complaints, computer programs, news, telecommunications by sally

‘A company promoting sexual liaisons using pictures of a naked woman has been reprimanded for running ads in a children’s smartphone game.’

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The Guardian, 9th December 2015

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“Sexting” damages case: the legal issues – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘The award of damages to a victim of ‘sexting’ grabbed the attention of the media on at the beginning of December 2015. Given that the judgment appears to have been delivered in September 2015, it isn’t clear why it had not made it in to the news until this week, but such is the way of the media sometimes.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 3rd 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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National Advice Clinic fined for six million cold calls – BBC News

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in complaints, fines, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘A company which made almost six million nuisance calls in the space of six months has been fined £850,000.’

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BBC News, 2nd December 2015

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