EU court of justice overturns law that would enable ‘snoopers’ charter’ – The Guardian

Posted April 9th, 2014 in data protection, EC law, internet, privacy, telecommunications, Uncategorized by sally

‘The European court of justice has declared the data retention directive illegal, torpedoing UK government schemes for the so-called “snooper’s charter” of wide-ranging collection of phone and internet data.’

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The Guardian, 8th April 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Cyber-bullies could be given tougher sentences – The Independent

‘The Government today backed tougher laws that could see cyber stalkers imprisoned for up for two years.’

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The Independent, 25th March 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Two-month deadline over in-app charges – BBC News

Posted January 30th, 2014 in computer programs, consumer protection, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Creators of mobile apps that promote in-app purchases are being given two months to comply with Office of Fair Trading guidelines’

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BBC News, 30th January 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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The Google/Safari users case: a potential revolution in DPA litigation? – Panopticon

‘I posted earlier on Tugendhat J’s judgment this morning in Vidal-Hall and Others v Google Inc [2014] EWHC 13 (QB). The judgment is now available here – thanks as ever to Bailii.’

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Panopticon, 16th January 2014

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

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Google must face UK courts over claims of privacy breach of iPhone users – The Guardian

Posted January 17th, 2014 in data protection, internet, news, privacy, telecommunications by sally

‘Google has lost its high court bid to block a breach of privacy legal action launched against it in the UK by a group of British internet users.’

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The Guardian, 16th January 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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ICO fines payday loans company £175,000 over spam messaging – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 19th, 2013 in advertising, consumer credit, data protection, fines, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘A payday loans company has been fined £175,000 by the Information Commissioner’s
Office (ICO) after the watchdog found it to be in serious breach of UK privacy
laws.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th December 2013

Source: www.out-law.com

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Google will not answer to British court over UK privacy claim – The Guardian

‘Google has been called “arrogant and immoral” for arguing that a privacy claim brought by internet users in the UK should not be heard by the British legal system.’

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The Guardian, 15th December 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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TalkTalk v Ofcom – the Court of Appeal stresses that market definition is a tool not an end – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted December 9th, 2013 in appeals, competition, news, telecommunications by sally

‘The Court of Appeal, in TalkTalk v Ofcom [2013] EWCA Civ 1318, recently gave an important reminder to all competition practitioners that market definitions are a tool rather than an end: what matters is substance not form.’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 9th December 2013

Source: www.competitionbulletin.com

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HTC Corpn v Nokia Corpn – WLR Daily

Posted December 6th, 2013 in injunctions, intellectual property, law reports, patents, telecommunications by tracey

HTC Corpn v Nokia Corpn: [2013] EWHC 3778 (Pat);   [2013] WLR (D)  468

‘The criteria to be applied in deciding whether or not to grant an injunction for infringement of intellectual property rights were those of efficacy, proportionality, dissuasiveness, the avoidance of creating barriers to legitimate trade and the provision of safeguards against abuse as set out in article 3(2) of Parliament and Council Directive 2004/48/EC.’

WLR Daily, 3rd December 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Judge orders UK ban of one HTC device but stays decision on ban of another – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 5th, 2013 in intellectual property, news, patents, stay of proceedings, telecommunications by sally

‘An HTC mobile device will be banned from sale in the UK after Friday afternoon unless the company wins the right to appeal against the imposition of that ban on that timescale.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th December 2013

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Court of Appeal backs parallel UK and EPO patent proceedings but alters guidelines for future cases – OUT-LAW.com

‘A dispute over the alleged infringement of a standard-essential mobile technology European patent will be ruled on by the High Court despite there being ongoing proceedings before the European Patent Office (EPO) about whether the patent is valid.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st November 2013

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Watchdog demands GCHQ report on NSA’s UK data storage – The Guardian

‘The watchdog tasked with scrutinising the work of Britain’s intelligence agencies is to demand an urgent report from GCHQ about revelations that the phone, internet and email records of British citizens have been analysed and stored by America’s National Security Agency.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Hacking trial: The story so far – BBC News

Posted November 18th, 2013 in conspiracy, electronic mail, interception, media, news, telecommunications by sally

The trial of former News of the World journalists accused of a conspiracy to hack mobile phones is now well under way at the Old Bailey.

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BBC News, 16th November 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Damian Green’s digital pathfinders – speech by Damian Green

Posted November 12th, 2013 in crime prevention, internet, police, speeches, telecommunications by tracey

“Speech given by Policing Minister Damian Green on Monday 11 November 2013 to the College of Policing’s digital pathfinders conference.”

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Ministry of Justice, 11th November 2013

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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Four admit to phone-hacking plots in Coulson and Brooks eras – The Guardian

Posted October 31st, 2013 in conspiracy, corruption, interception, media, news, telecommunications by michael

“Three former news editors from the News of the World have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to hack mobile phones during a six-year period when Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson were editing the Sunday title, it was disclosed in court.”

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The Guardian, 31st October 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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SFO could snoop on communications to uncover evidence of corruption, says director – OUT-LAW.com

“The director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has warned that the agency may use powers of surveillance to uncover evidence of corruption within corporates.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th October 2013

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Phone-hacking: trial of Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks to begin – The Guardian

“The trial of former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and others linked with alleged phone-hacking at the now-defunct News of the World will begin on Monday at the Old Bailey, kicking off what is likely to be one of the longest criminal trials in recent memory.”

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The Guardian, 28th October 2013

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Sender of unlawful spam messages successfully appeals against ICO’s £300,000 fine – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 28th, 2013 in advertising, appeals, fines, news, ombudsmen, privacy, telecommunications by sally

“A sender of unlawful spam text messages has successfully appealed against a watchdog’s decision to fine him £300,000 over the activity after an Information Rights Tribunal ruled that insufficient damage or distress had been caused to recipients to merit the penalty being imposed.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th October 2013

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Ofcom to launch unprecedented review of mobile phone speeds as shock figures reveal 3G “non-spots” – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 25th, 2013 in news, ombudsmen, reports, telecommunications by sally

Britain’s mobile phone operators could be forced by Government to invest more in next generation services after ‘shocking’ figures showed thousands of miles of roads have no 3G coverage at all.

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Daily Telegraph, 24th October 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Advances in open justice in England and Wales – Speech by the Master of the Rolls

“Master of the Rolls speech: Hong Kong lecture – 18 October 2013.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 22nd October 2013

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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