UK minister attempts to clarify data protection plans after watchdog’s concerns – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 19th, 2018 in bills, data protection, EC law, news by tracey

‘Concerns that proposed new UK data protection laws threaten the independence of the country’s data protection watchdog are “misplaced”, a government minister has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 18th January 2018

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The EU Withdrawal Bill and Judicial Review: Are we ready? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 16th, 2018 in bills, constitutional reform, EC law, human rights, judicial review, news by sally

‘A battle cry of the Brexiteers during the referendum campaign was a rousing appeal to restore the supremacy of Parliament: to free our great nation from its subservience to EU law. There is therefore a dispiriting irony that the process of withdrawal that is proposed in the EU Withdrawal Bill will lead to a hollowing out of the authority of Parliament[1]. On an unprecedented scale, it is proposed that Parliament will divest itself of powers in its traditional sphere of authority – that of legislating pursuant to the mandate granted by the electorate – and transfer such powers to the Executive. At the same time, there will be a sapping of Parliamentary power to the Judiciary, who will be required to adjudicate on issues of policy that would be expected to have been determined by the sovereign Parliament, unless some clear interpretative guidance is provided in the approach to be adopted to policy issues that will inevitably arise.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th January 2018

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Researchers to be free to test anonymisation measures under UK data protection reforms – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 11th, 2018 in anonymity, bills, data protection, EC law, news by tracey

‘Planned changes to UK data protection laws will not put security researchers at risk of breaking the law when they test the effectiveness of data anonymization measures, as had been feared.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th January 2018

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Lords vote for second Leveson probe into press conduct – BBC News

‘Peers have backed a proposal that would require Theresa May to proceed with the second stage of the Leveson inquiry.’

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BBC News, 10th January 2018

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Data protection bill amended to protect security researchers – The Guardian

Posted January 10th, 2018 in anonymity, bills, data protection, internet, news by sally

‘The government is to amend the data protection bill to protect security researchers who work to uncover abuses of personal data, quelling fears that the bill could accidentally criminalise legitimate research.’

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The Guardian, 9th January 2018

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Brexit bill may have broken international environment law, says UN – The Guardian

Posted January 10th, 2018 in bills, consultations, EC law, environmental protection, international law, news by sally

‘The British government may have breached a major “environmental democracy” law by failing to consult the public when drawing up Brexit legislation.’

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The Guardian, 9th January 2018

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Changes to domestic violence evidence requirements come into effect – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 9th, 2018 in bills, domestic violence, evidence, news, time limits by sally

‘From today (8 January 2018), victims of domestic violence will get more support in taking abusive former partners to court.’

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Ministry of Justice, 8th January 2018

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Brexit Custom Laws Could ‘Slash Human Rights’ – Rights Info

‘New trade laws, which could allow ministers to water down or repeal equality laws altogether, are being debated in the House of Commons today.’

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Rights Info, 8th January 2018

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Women should be told if new partner has abusive past, say victims’ groups – The Guardian

Posted January 8th, 2018 in bills, disclosure, domestic violence, news, police by sally

‘Victim support groups are calling on MPs to back a new law allowing police to take proactive measures to establish whether a serious offender has a new partner, and if so to inform them of his previous convictions. The call comes after the jailing of serial killer Theodore Johnson, 64, who strangled and battered his ex-girlfriend, Angela Best, 51. He was sentenced to life with a minimum of 26 years on Friday.’

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The Guardian, 6th January 2018

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Government urged to ban nuisance calls and texts from claims firms – The Guardian

‘British consumers were bombarded with 2.2bn nuisance phone calls and texts from pensions, PPI and cash-for-crash claims firms last year, according to an analysis of Ofcom data.’

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The Guardian, 8th 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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Laser pen offenders now face five years and unlimited fines – The Guardian

Posted December 20th, 2017 in bills, endangering safety of aircraft, news, prosecutions, transport by sally

‘People who shine lasers at air, ground or sea vehicles could be jailed for up to five years or face unlimited fines as part of Department for Transport measures to boost safety.’

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The Guardian, 20th December 2017

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MPs call for urgent ban on pensions cold calling – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 13th, 2017 in bills, financial advice, news, select committees, telecommunications by sally

‘The House of Commons Work & Pensions committee has urged the government to accelerate plans to ban pensions cold calling and provide better guidance to pensioners on their options.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th December 2017

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Watchdog concerned that government plans for the Data Protection Bill threaten its independence – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 12th, 2017 in bills, data protection, news by sally

‘The UK’s data protection watchdog has raised concerns that proposed new UK laws threaten its ability to operate independently of the government.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th December 2017

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Brexit: solicitors welcome ‘breathing space’ deal – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Lawyers have welcomed with relief the declaration on ‘legal certainty and clarity’ – including mutual recognition and enforcement of judgments – in the Brexit phase 1 agreement reached on Friday. However the Law Society cautioned that the ‘real complexity’ of the deal lies ahead.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 10th December 2017

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Improving UK Competitiveness, Strengthening the Rule of Law – Ministry of Justice

‘Dominic Raab addressed guests at the Policy Exchange in London for the launch of the Linklaters report ‘The Rule of Law: everyone has a part to play’.’

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Ministry of Justice, 7th December 2017

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Tough code of practice for websites will aim to protect children online – The Guardian

Posted December 11th, 2017 in amendments, bills, children, codes of practice, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘Websites and apps will be subject to a tough new code of practice to protect children’s privacy online following a cross-party campaign in the House of Lords to prevent young people’s internet activity being monitored.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2017

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Brexit through the Gift Shop? Are we about to give away our competition law claims? – Blackstone Chambers

Posted December 8th, 2017 in bills, competition, EC law, news, treaties by sally

‘Recent press reports have suggested that competition lawyers in other Member States have been confidently predicting the death of cartel claims in the UK following Brexit. But reports of the demise of this species of litigation are premature. The European Communities Act 1972 (the ECA 1972) will be repealed following the entry into force of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (the Bill). But this is unlikely to have any significant impact on the ability of claimants to bring claims before UK courts for damages caused by infringement of Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) – at least for quite some time. The reason for this is the provisions of the Bill that protect rights that have accrued prior to “exit day”.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 4th December 2017

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The Trade Bill – renegotiation and renewal of EU trade agreements after Brexit – in this new constitutional territory more Parliamentary scrutiny is urgently needed – Brexit Law

Posted December 7th, 2017 in agreements, bills, EC law, news, parliament, select committees, treaties by sally

‘The lack of adequate Parliamentary scrutiny when the UK negotiates trade agreements (something it has not done in its own right for many years) has come to the attention of the House of Commons International Trade Committee. This is timely given the prospect of the UK negotiating the single most important trade agreement it is likely to negotiate for a long time – its future trade agreement with the EU. The context for the Committee’s concern is its inquiry into the Trade Bill. One of the issues which the Bill addresses is the domestic implementation in the UK of those EU trade agreements which are adapted for continued application by the UK after Brexit. The Committee has asked whether Parliamentary scrutiny of ministerial rules implementing these agreements is adequate, and, more broadly, whether scrutiny of the UK signing up to these and other trade agreements, is adequate.’

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Brexit Law, 6th December 2017

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The data protection bill is yet another legal threat to UK press freedom – The Guardian

‘Proposals to allow the information commissioner to assess journalists’ use of private information before publication could let the powerful off the hook.’

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The Guardian, 3rd December 2017

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