UK withdrawal bill ‘rips the heart out of environmental law’, say campaigners – The Guardian

Posted October 18th, 2017 in bills, EC law, environmental protection, news by sally

‘The cornerstones of wildlife and habitat protection have been quietly left out of the withdrawal bill ripping the heart out of environmental law, campaigners say.’

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The Guardian, 17th October 2017

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UK proposals for child data consent could be illegal, says peer – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 12th, 2017 in bills, children, consent, data protection, internet, news by sally

‘Plans to make 13 the age at which children in the UK can consent to the processing of their data on social media websites and other online platforms “would almost certainly be illegal”, a UK peer has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th October 2017

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High-powered group of legal and constitutional experts to consider rule of law implications of Brexit Bill – Legal Futures

Posted October 9th, 2017 in bills, constitutional law, news, rule of law by sally

‘The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law has put together a high-powered group of 26 legal, constitutional and other experts under the chairmanship of former Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC MP to consider the implications of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill for the rule of law.’

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Legal Futures, 9th October 2017

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Merris Amos: Red Herrings and Reductions: Human Rights and the EU (Withdrawal) Bill – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted October 4th, 2017 in bills, EC law, human rights, news by sally

‘When Parliament resumes next week, the EU (Withdrawal) Bill will be entering its Committee stage in the House of Commons. Whilst a variety of issues were raised during the Second Reading debates, the treatment of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights caused particular concern. The purpose of this post is to clarify the status granted by the Bill to the human rights protected by the Charter after exit day, and to consider how the human rights protected by the Charter might continue to enjoy effective protection when retained EU law is converted into domestic law.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 4th October 2017

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IP ‘threats’ law enters into force – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in bills, intellectual property, news, trade marks by sally

‘A law that could help intellectual property owners assert their rights more freely came into force yesterday. The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017 curtails a legal remedy available to a party threatened with IP infringement.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 2nd October 2017

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Home Office visa delays ‘inhumane’ – BBC News

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in bills, delay, immigration, news by sally

‘Economic migrants are living in administrative limbo without passports for up to two years because of Home Office delays, figures show.’

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BBC News, 3rd October 2017

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Data law: don’t expect a soft start, lawyers warned – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Any hope that a tough new data protection regime will be enforced lightly at first were dashed this week by a senior figure at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May next year, regardless of domestic legislation currently before parliament.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 29th September 2017

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Plans for domestic violence register could save women’s lives – Daily Telegraph

‘An MP is to try to introduce a law to create a register of those convicted of domestic violence and make police warn new partners of a repeated offender’s violent past.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st October 2017

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Oliver Butler: The Data Protection Bill and Public Authority Powers to Process Personal Data: Resurrecting Clause 152 of the Coroners and Justice Bill 2009? – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted September 28th, 2017 in bills, data protection, EC law, local government, news, public interest by sally

‘The Data Protection Bill currently before Parliament substantially resurrects the controversial clause 152 of the Coroners and Justice Bill 2009. Careful scrutiny of this provision is needed and it must not be lost in the legislative morass as the UK grapples with data protection reform.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 28th September 2017

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“All to play for” on Civil Liability Bill, personal injury leaders say – Legal Futures

Posted September 20th, 2017 in bills, damages, news, personal injuries, small claims by sally

‘Leading personal injury lawyers told yesterday’s PI Futures conference that there is “all to play for” on the Civil Liability Bill as a “nervous” governments seeks to avoid a damaging parliamentary defeat.’

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Legal Futures, 20th September 2017

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The Data Protection Bill: some initial observations – Panopticon

Posted September 18th, 2017 in bills, consent, data protection, EC law, internet, legal language, news, penalties by tracey

‘Parliament on Thursday 14 September. But to digest it in full, one needs time, commitment, and coffee. It is not a straightforward read. It seeks to implement the GDPR in full and in Brexit-proof fashion, to plug the gaps that the GDPR requires member states to fill, and also to apply a GDPR-like regime to areas of data processing that are not covered by the GDPR itself. The Bill is of course liable to change in the coming months, but here are some observations and highlights in the meantime.’

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Panopitcon, 18th September 2017

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Data Protection Bill introduced before UK parliament – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 15th, 2017 in bills, data protection, news by tracey

‘The Data Protection Bill (218-page / 852KB PDF) is primarily designed to complement the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will have direct application in the UK from 25 May 2018, and implement another EU directive on the processing of personal data by law enforcement agencies.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th September 2017

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UK citizens set for “second class status” – EU (Withdrawal) Bill – The Bar Council

Posted September 8th, 2017 in bills, devolution, EC law, environmental protection, jurisdiction, news, treaties by tracey

‘”This Bill will leave UK citizens and businesses with less protection against the power of the state. Rights are not being brought home, they are being abolished.”
Andrew Langdon QC, Chair of the Bar.’

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The Bar Council, 7th September 2017

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Your employment rights could be put at risk through Brexit. Here’s why – The Guardian

Posted September 4th, 2017 in bills, EC law, employment, holiday pay, news by sally

‘Part-time and agency workers and those facing redundancy are already targeted by bosses – and the EU withdrawal bill could make them more vulnerable.’

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The Guardian, 3rd September 2017

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World-leading package of corporate governance reforms announced to increase boardroom accountability and enhance trust in business – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Posted August 29th, 2017 in bills, company directors, company law, press releases, remuneration by tracey

‘Business Secretary Greg Clark has set out the government’s corporate governance reforms to enhance the public’s trust in business.’

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Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

The “Great Repeal Bill” and environmental law – Six Pump Court

Posted August 21st, 2017 in bills, EC law, environmental protection, news by sally

‘The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 13 July. Its substantive provisions occupy 13 pages, with a further 47 pages of schedules (much of the latter being devoted to devolution issues). The accompanying Explanatory Notes, despite describing themselves as “not, and not intended to be, a comprehensive description of the Bill”, are nevertheless of roughly equal total length.’

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Six Pump Court, 24th July 2017

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Pension cold-calling ban to include texts and emails – BBC News

Posted August 21st, 2017 in bills, electronic mail, fraud, news, pensions, telecommunications by sally

‘A forthcoming ban on cold-callers who try to scam people out of their pension savings will include emails and texts, the government has announced.’

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BBC News, 20th August 2017

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New law could criminalise uncovering personal data abuses, advocate warns – The Guardian

Posted August 14th, 2017 in anonymity, bills, data protection, fines, identification, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘A new law proposed to protect the privacy of British internet users could end up criminalising the only people working to uncover abuses of personal data, a leading privacy researcher has warned.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2017

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What Does the New Data Protection Bill Mean for Human Rights? A Q&A of Everything You Need to Know – Rightsinfo

Posted August 11th, 2017 in bills, data protection, human rights, news by tracey

‘The UK government recently released their proposals for a new UK Data Protection Bill. However, since much of the Bill will simply copy EU law into UK law, how important are the Data Protection Bill proposals to human rights?’

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Rightsinfo, 9th August 2017

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Plans for a new Data Protection Bill – Technology Law Update

Posted August 9th, 2017 in bills, data protection, news by sally

‘The collection and use of private information by business is a hot topic, with the tech giants frequently in the news accused of going too far. Cold-calling companies contacting us out of the blue with unwanted products or services, and indiscriminate collection and retention of information about suspects are other by-products of the information age. It is high time for individuals’ rights to be improved.’

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Technology Law Update, 8th August 2017

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