Security bodies and legal advice: some Upper Tribunal droning – Panopticon

Posted January 19th, 2018 in aircraft, disclosure, freedom of information, news, weapons by tracey

‘The Times’ Lawyer of the Week this morning discusses an Upper Tribunal FOIA appeal brought by Rights Watch UK (for whom Daniel Carey, the Lawyer of the Week, acted pro bono), seeking disclosure of the Attorney General’s advice on drone strikes in Syria. The case was Corderoy & Ahmed v IC, AGO, Cabinet Office [2017] UKUT 495 (AAC). Whether you consider it a win, a loss or a draw (and if so for whom) will depend on which side you’re on here and, as counsel on all sides were colleagues at 11KBW, I will attempt a studied neutrality. I confess I have not found all aspects of the judgment easy to follow, but here you go.’

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Panopticon, 18th January 2018

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Tribunal rules against total secrecy over UK drone strikes – The Guardian

‘The government’s power to block requests for information on national security grounds has been significantly curtailed by a tribunal ruling over targeted killings of British jihadists abroad.’

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The Guardian, 4th January 2018

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Laser pen offenders face five years in jail and unlimited fines under new laws – The Independent

Posted December 21st, 2017 in aircraft, bills, fines, health & safety, news, road traffic, sentencing, ships, transport by tracey

‘People who shine lasers at air, ground and sea vehicles could be jailed for up to five years under new laws. Offenders also face unlimited fines as part of Department for Transport (DfT) measures to boost safety.’

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The Independent, 20th December 2017

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Man convicted of flying drones into HMP Birmingham – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted December 20th, 2017 in aircraft, drug trafficking, news, prisons by tracey

‘A man has been jailed for five years today after being convicted of flying drones carrying £35,000 worth of drugs and contraband items into prison grounds.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 19th December 2017

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Eight jailed over plot to smuggle drugs and phones into UK prisons – The Guardian

Posted December 14th, 2017 in aircraft, conspiracy, drug trafficking, news, prisons, telecommunications by sally

‘Eight people have been jailed for taking part in a plot to smuggle cannabis and mobile phones into prisons in England and Scotland using drones.’

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The Guardian, 13th December 2017

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Draft Drone Bill to hand police powers to tackle unsafe and criminal use – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 28th, 2017 in aircraft, bills, health & safety, news, police, privacy by sally

‘A draft Drone Bill, to be published in spring 2018, will hand the police new powers to prevent the unsafe or criminal use of drones, the Government has announced.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th November 2017

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Drone users will be forced to sit safety tests as number of near misses with planes increases by 60 per cent – Daily Telegraph

‘Drone users will be forced to sit safety tests under a government clampdown after near misses with planes have increased by 60 per cent in a year.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th November 2017

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Man who planned to detonate pipe bomb on a plane has had his sentence increased – Attorney General’s Office

Posted November 10th, 2017 in aircraft, appeals, explosives, news, sentencing by tracey

‘Manchester man who planned to detonate pipe bomb on a plane has had his sentence increased by 4 years.’

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Attorney General's Office, 9th November 2017

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Government to consider laser pen licence after attack rise – BBC News

Posted August 14th, 2017 in aircraft, consultations, government departments, licensing, news, weapons by sally

‘Buying powerful laser pens could require a licence in future, the government has said, amid concerns over the number of attacks on aircraft.’

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BBC News, 12th August 2017

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Helicopter sex film officer Adrian Pogmore jailed – BBC News

Posted August 9th, 2017 in aircraft, misfeasance in public office, news, police, sentencing, voyeurism by sally

‘A “sex-obsessed” police officer who used his force helicopter to film people having sex has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 8th August 2017

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Police helicopter crew cleared of using chopper to spy on couple having sex – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 7th, 2017 in aircraft, news, police, professional conduct, video recordings by sally

‘Two police officers and two pilots accused of misusing a force helicopter to film naked sunbathers and a couple having sex have been cleared of all charges.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th August 2017

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UK to require drones and their operators to be registered – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 26th, 2017 in aircraft, health & safety, news by sally

‘All drones weighing at least 250g, as well as the people operating them, will need to be registered under new regulatory proposals outlined by the UK government.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th July 2017

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UK’s refusal to reveal legal advice on drone killings faces challenge – The Guardian

‘Campaigners appeal against ruling that government can keep advice secret because it relates to security agencies.’

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The Guardian, 20th July 2017

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Crackdown on drugs, drones and mobile phones in prisons – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 13th, 2017 in aircraft, drug abuse, enforcement, news, press releases, prisons, telecommunications by tracey

‘A huge haul of drugs and mobile phones has been recovered since the introduction of detection measures to crackdown on prison contraband.’

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Ministry of Justice, 9th July 2017

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Drones law must be reviewed, vows Solicitor General, after Gatwick runway closed over safety fears – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 3rd, 2017 in aircraft, airports, health & safety, news by tracey

‘The law on drones should be reviewed, the Solicitor General has said, after the runway at Gatwick Airport was closed over safety fears. Flights were disrupted for parts of Sunday evening after a drone flew too close to the West Sussex airport.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd July 2017

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Man who started toilet fire on Sharm el-Sheikh flight has sentence more than doubled – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 26th, 2017 in aircraft, appeals, arson, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A man who started a fire in the toilet of a plane carrying more than 200 people has had his prison sentence more than doubled at the Court of Appeal.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th May 2017

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How in-flight Wi-Fi works – 4 KBW

Posted May 15th, 2017 in aircraft, internet, news, satellites, telecommunications by sally

‘We’ve all had the same problem: you walk too far away from your Wi-Fi router and, all of a sudden, your Wi-Fi stops working. We all know that it’s simply because the router’s signal isn’t strong enough to reach you that extra few feet away. There is sadly a limit on the strength of Wi-Fi connectivity. But, if Wi-Fi is so dependent upon your proximity to a router, doesn’t it seem strange that Wi-Fi can work in an aeroplane, 35,000 feet above the ground?’

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4 KBW, 28th May 2017

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Saving the Environment: The Prospect of Electric Aircraft – 4 KBW

Posted May 15th, 2017 in aircraft, airlines, electricity, energy, environmental protection, news by sally

‘The electric car, once only the domain of eccentric Sci-Fi movies, has now well and truly found its way into everyday consumer life. So, what’s next for the world of fuel innovation? Will we really be able to power commercial flights using just electric fuel, as we now can cars?’

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4 KBW, 12th May 2017

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Pilot errors led to Shoreham air crash, says AAIB – BBC News

Posted March 3rd, 2017 in accidents, aircraft, news, reports by tracey

‘Pilot errors and ineffective measures to protect the public led to the deaths of 11 men when a vintage jet crashed on to a dual carriageway during the Shoreham air show, investigators say.’

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BBC News, 3rd march 2017

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Drones – the key legal issues – Technology Law Update

Posted December 5th, 2016 in aircraft, EC law, news, photography by sally

‘Drone usage has evolved from primarily military purposes to a variety of commercial and non-commercial uses today. Some estimates put global spending on drones at almost $91 billion over the next decade, making drones one of the most dynamic components of the aerospace sector.’

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Technology Law Update, 2nd December 2016

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk