Bar offers free app to report bullying and harassment – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 10th, 2019 in artificial intelligence, barristers, bullying, computer programs, harassment, news by tracey

‘The Bar Council has turned to artificial intelligence to help barristers report bullying and harassment quickly and anonymously.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 9th September 2019

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Electronic signatures are valid, confirms Law Commission – Law Commission

‘Electronic signatures can be used to execute documents, including where there is a statutory requirement for a signature, the Law Commission has today confirmed. This means that, in most cases, electronic signatures can be used as a viable alternative to handwritten ones.’

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Law Commission, 4th September 2019

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Epic jail: inside the UK’s optimised ‘super-prison’ warehouses – The Guardian

Posted September 2nd, 2019 in computer programs, imprisonment, news, prisons, statistics, violence by sally

‘Inmate deaths are up by 20% in the UK, the most incarcerated nation in western Europe. Can prisons designed using virtual reality modelling undo the harm?’

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The Guardian, 2nd September 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Manchester police have ‘massive backlog’ of uncharged suspects due to IT issue – The Guardian

Posted August 16th, 2019 in computer programs, criminal records, news, police by tracey

‘Police in Greater Manchester have been unable to charge many suspects since the introduction of a new £27m computer system, leading to a massive backlog, lawyers have claimed.’

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The Guardian, 15th August 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Legal charities urge government to delay whiplash reforms – Legal Futures

‘Four leading legal charities have urged the government to delay next year’s whiplash reforms over fears that litigants in person and the organisations supporting them will be overwhelmed by the new regime.’

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Legal Futures, 13th August 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Flawed Home Office app stops EU citizen getting settled status – The Guardian

Posted July 15th, 2019 in brexit, citizenship, computer programs, government departments, news by tracey

‘EU citizens who have been in the UK for fewer than five years and apply to remain in the UK after Brexit face further uncertainty because of a flaw in the Home Office phone app, it has emerged.’

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The Guardian, 15th July 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Gauke: no more court closures – for now – Legal Futures

‘There will not be another round of court closures for the time being, but this may change as technology takes hold, justice secretary David Gauke said yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 11th July 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

LSB report: Buy-in vital for legal technology regulation – Legal Futures

‘Achieving buy-in for technology regulation from everyone involved in lawtech – from developers to users – is crucial to it working well, a new analysis has suggested.’

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Legal Futures, 8th July 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Robots Over Rationality? The Use of Algorithms to Assess Visa Applications – Drystone Chambers

‘Traffic light coding has been used to determine green ‘low risk’ applications with ‘positive attributes and evidence of compliance’, amber ‘medium risk’ ‘with limited evidence or equally balanced evidence of negative and positive attributes so potential for refusal’ and red ‘high risk applications, appearing to have a greater likelihood of refusal because of the individual’s circumstances’. The coding is based on responses to a set of yes or no questions.’

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Drystone Chambers, 24th June 2019

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Revealed: Children to be exempt from whiplash portal – for now – Legal Futures

‘Children and protected parties are to be exempt from the increase in the small claims limit and the new whiplash portal – at least for now – Legal Futures can reveal.’

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Legal Futures, 8th July 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Chancellor of the High Court talks about the future on visit to Germany – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘On a two-day visit to Germany, the Chancellor of the High Court, Sir Geoffrey Vos, met with judges, lawyers and officials in Bavaria and Berlin to discuss Lawtech and the work of the Business and Property Courts. He spoke at the Palace of Justice in Munich on the position of English law and UK jurisdiction after Brexit to an audience of 120 judges, lawyers and business people, all members of the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany and the Munich Juridical Society.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 21st May 2019

Court modernisation “undermining access to justice”, lawyers tell MPs – Legal Futures

‘Criminal and civil lawyers have spelt out to MPs on the justice select committee a catalogue of ways in which court modernisation is undermining access to justice.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd May 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

The Data Protection Act v Machine Learning Algorithms – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 13th, 2019 in artificial intelligence, computer programs, data protection, news by sally

‘Machine learning algorithms increasingly regulate our lives making decisions about us in finance, education, employment and justice. Ultimately, it will become pervasive in most, if not all aspects of decision making in the foreseeable future. But what is a machine learning algorithm? How does it decide? What rights do data subjects have? This article aims to answer all three of these questions.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th May 2019

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Promoting cyber security for Internet of Things devices – Technology Law Update

‘The roll-out of 5G networks is ramping up with limited services available in parts of the US and South Korea. 2019 will see the launch of 5G in selected cities across the UK. This new, much faster, mobile connectivity will support a proliferation of internet-enabled devices. With expected benefits in terms of reduced latency and much greater capacity, many expect to see a proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices as 5G becomes a reality.’

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Technology Law Update, 10th May 2019

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

Facial recognition wrongly identifies public as potential criminals 96% of time, figures reveal – The Independent

‘Facial recognition technology has misidentified members of the public as potential criminals in 96 per cent of scans so far in London, new figures reveal.’

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The Independent, 7th May 2019

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Speech by Sir Geoffrey Vos, Chancellor of the High Court: cryptoassets as property – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted May 3rd, 2019 in computer programs, contracts, judges, judiciary, legal profession, speeches by tracey

‘Sir Geoffrey Vos, Chancellor of the High Court, gave a speech to the Joint Northern Chancery Bar Association and University of Liverpool Lecture, entitled: “Cryptoassets as property: how can English law boost the confidence of would-be parties to smart legal contracts?” ‘

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 3rd May 2019

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Police failed stalking victim who killed herself, watchdog finds – The Guardian

‘Police repeatedly failed a stalking victim who went on to kill herself, crushed by the weight of harassment she was suffering, a report has found.’

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The Guardian, 29th April 2019

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Land Registry successfully transfers house using blockchain – Legal Futures

Posted April 12th, 2019 in computer programs, conveyancing, internet, land registration, news by sally

‘A trial of blockchain involving the digital transfer of property ownership has been completed by HM Land Registry, but the agency has no plans to adopt the emerging technology itself any time soon.’

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Legal Futures, 12th April 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Before facial recognition tech can be used, it needs to be limited – The Independent

‘New research on facial recognition technology trials by police calls for tighter regulation to protect human rights.’

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The Independent, 21st February 2019

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UK police use of computer programs to predict crime sparks discrimination warning – The Guardian

‘The rapid growth in the use of computer programs to predict crime hotspots and people who are likely to reoffend risks locking discrimination into the criminal justice system, a report has warned.’

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The Guardian, 3rd February 2019

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