Man fined £110 for sending abusive email to Tory MP – The Guardian

“A man who abused a Tory MP in a crude email after the politician was headbutted by a rival at Westminster was fined £110 and ordered to pay £100 costs yesterday. Nicholas Scales told MP Stuart Andrew to ‘stop wasting police time and get your fucking job done’, Leeds magistrates court heard.”

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The Guardian, 22nd August 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Section 7(9) DPA is about privacy, not employment disputes – Panopticon

Posted August 22nd, 2012 in data protection, disclosure, electronic mail, employment, news, privacy by sally

“Disputes about subject access requests under section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998 only rarely make their way to the Higher Courts. The leading – and often bedevilling – case of Durant is, for example, now 9 years old. Given this scarcity of precedent from the High Court and Court of Appeal, up-to-date illustrations of the judiciary’s approach to the DPA are most usefully sought in County Court judgments – see for example Panopticon’s post on the case of Elliot v Lloyds TSB Bank from earlier this year.”

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Panopticon, 22nd August 2012

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

Security services to get more access to monitor emails and social media – The Guardian

“Britain has quietly agreed to measures that could increase the ability of the security services to intercept online communications, experts say.”

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The Guardian, 28th July 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Joint Committee on the Draft Communications Data Bill call for evidence – Joint Committee on the Draft Communications Data Bill

“The Joint Committee is a committee of both Houses appointed to conduct pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Communications Data Bill. Inquiry Status: The Committee has issued a Call for Evidence, which asks for submissions by 23 August 2012.”

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Joint Committee on the Draft Communications Data Bill, 5th July 2012

Source: www.parliament.uk

Foreign powers will be allowed to access email and phone records – Daily Telegraph

“Foreign governments could be given details of Britons’ phone calls, emails and internet usage in another ‘deeply troubling’ part of new surveillance plans.”

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Daily Telegraph, 4th July 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Opening doors for electronic communications across the UK – Law Commission

Posted June 28th, 2012 in consultations, electronic mail, news, telecommunications by sally

“In a consultation opening today, the Law Commission is seeking views on how the Electronic Communications Code is working for those who use it, and what can be done to make it more transparent and user-friendly.”

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Law Commission, 28th June 2012

Source: www.lawcommission.justice.gov.uk

E-Disclosure – Taking Your Head Out of the Sand – Cloisters

Posted June 26th, 2012 in disclosure, documents, electronic mail, news, telecommunications by sally

“E-disclosure is the disclosure of any electronic document. Documents stored electronically are often referred to as electronically stored information or ESI.”

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Cloisters, June 2012

Source: www.cloisters.com

Communications Data Bill published – Home Office

“Vital powers to help catch criminals, save lives and protect children were today outlined in the Communications Data Bill.”

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Home Office, 14th June 2012

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

How will the proposed surveillance laws work? – BBC News

“Police and intelligence services will be able to access data about people’s phone calls, emails and internet usage in order to tackle crime and terrorism under Home Office plans.”

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BBC News, 14th June 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Online privacy: Home Office to write blank cheque for ‘snoopers’ charter’ – The Guardian

“The government is to offer a blank cheque to internet and phone firms that will be required to track everyone’s email, Twitter, Facebook and other internet use under legislation to be published on Thursday.”

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The Guardian, 13th June 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Google to be investigated over data cover-up claims – The Guardian

“Google is facing increasing pressure after the information commissioner launched an investigation into claims that it orchestrated a cover-up of its capture of emails, passwords and medical records of people in the UK.”

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The Guardian, 12th June 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Louise Mensch ‘troll’ is told he could face jail – The Guardian

Posted May 9th, 2012 in electronic mail, internet, news by sally

“An internet ‘troll’ who tried to drive the Conservative MP Louise Mensch off Twitter by sending her an email threatening the lives of her children has been warned he could be jailed for six months.”

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The Guardian, 8th May 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Jeremy Hunt emails: a legal view – The Guardian

Posted April 25th, 2012 in bias, competition, electronic mail, media, news, takeovers by sally

“The emails revealed between the minister and News Corporation lobbyists suggest a risk of bias, says legal commentator.”

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The Guardian, 24th April 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ofcom to probe Sky email hacking – BBC News

Posted April 23rd, 2012 in electronic mail, interception, media, news, privacy, public interest by sally

“Ofcom has launched an investigation into the hacking of private email accounts by Sky News.”

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BBC News, 23rd April 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

NightJack blogger files claim against the Times over email hacking – The Guardian

“Detective seeks aggravated damages from paper for breach of confidence, misuse of private information and deceit.”

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The Guardian, 13th April 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Security bodies, private emails: parallels between the UK and US – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 12th, 2012 in electronic mail, freedom of information, intelligence services, news by sally

“Today was one of striking parallels between the USA and the UK in terms of litigation concerned with access to information.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 12th April 2012

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Clarification of the ‘public interest’ defence is badly needed – The Guardian

Posted April 10th, 2012 in defences, electronic mail, interception, media, news, privacy, public interest by sally

“Sky News’s decision to approve the hacking of emails belonging to John Darwin, the once-missing, presumed-dead ‘canoe man’, can be argued to be one of those finely balanced editorial decisions. The public interest argument runs fairly straightforwardly, after all. Darwin pleaded guilty to deception in March 2008 – you will recall he went out to sea in a canoe and somehow paddled his way from the north-east to the Panama canal, suggesting he was not so dead after all. But his wife, Anne, was going to trial – a life insurance policy had been cashed in by her – and it was at that point Sky’s journalist, Gerard Tubb, was given the green light to try to access John Darwin’s email communications. As he did so, he uncovered information that made it clear that Anne Darwin was in on the plot, and having shared this with Cleveland police, the broadcaster believes it helped secure her conviction and produced a very detailed post-conviction backgrounder.”

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The Guardian, 8th April 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The dangers of data snooping – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 10th, 2012 in bills, electronic mail, human rights, internet, investigatory powers, news, privacy by sally

“Civil liberties and the coalition have been happily filling the political pages this week. The damning conclusion of the Joint Committee on Human Rights that there is no evidence to justify expanding closed proceedings (expertly dissected by Rosalind English earlier in the week) vied for column inches with leaks that the Government planned to introduce ‘real time’ monitoring of how we use the internet in the interests of national security.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th April 2012

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Ken Clarke defends secret courts plans after Nick Clegg criticisms – The Guardian

“The justice secretary, Ken Clarke, has defended proposals to create a new generation of secret courts in the face of criticism from Nick Clegg and parliament’s human rights committee, saying the plans will make the system more accountable and more conducive to intelligence sharing with other countries.”

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The Guardian, 4th April 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Real time communications monitoring legislation would need privacy safeguards to comply with EU laws, expert says – OUT-LAW.com

“New legislation that would enable a UK intelligence agency to monitor data from internet communications in real time without a warrant could be challenged at EU level unless other privacy safeguards limit the scope of that monitoring, an expert has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd April 2012

Source: www.out-law.com