Ombudsman report into Joshua Titcombe death finds pain was inflicted by ‘inappropriate emails’ – The Independent

Posted February 28th, 2014 in birth, complaints, electronic mail, hospitals, midwives, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘“Inappropriate” emails sent by staff at an NHS trust caused offence and distress to a family who had already lost their baby because of avoidable lapses in his care, the health service ombudsman has said.’

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The Independent, 27th February 2014

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Man jailed for phishing scam that targeted UK students to steal £1.5m – The Guardian

Posted December 16th, 2013 in conspiracy, electronic mail, fraud, internet, loans, money laundering, news, sentencing, theft by sally

‘A man has been jailed for nearly four years for his part in a phishing scam that targeted UK students to steal in excess of £1.5m.’

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The Guardian, 14th December 2013

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Mass Surveillance and Freedom of the Press: A Conversation with Glenn Greenwald – UCL

‘Last June, Glenn Greenwald broke the story of the mass surveillance government programs disclosed in the leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. In August Mr. Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda, was detained by police at Heathrow Airport for 9 hours under schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000. Mr. Greenwald has continued to release and comment on similar leaks since then and recently announced his departure from the Guardian to launch a new journalism venture with eBay co-founder Pierre Omidyar.

Our moderator led a conversation with Mr. Greenwald via Skype on the range of legal and political questions raised by his recent efforts. These include the lack of safeguards on government surveillance programs, the individual’s right to privacy, the freedom of the press to publish such information and any alleged threats these exposures pose to national security.’

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UCL, November 2013

Source: www.ucl.ac.uk

Suspension ordered for ‘win at all costs’ Times solicitor – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Times newspaper’s former legal director is to be suspended from practising for six months from 16 December after a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal hearing ruled that he had knowingly allowed a court to be misled through his “win at all costs” approach.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th December 2013

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Ex-Times lawyer to face tribunal over claims he allowed court to be misled – The Guardian

‘The former legal manager of the Times newspaper is to appear before a tribunal this week over an allegation that he allowed a court to be misled over the unmasking of a detective writing the anonymous Nightjack blog.’

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2013

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Watchdog demands GCHQ report on NSA’s UK data storage – The Guardian

‘The watchdog tasked with scrutinising the work of Britain’s intelligence agencies is to demand an urgent report from GCHQ about revelations that the phone, internet and email records of British citizens have been analysed and stored by America’s National Security Agency.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2013

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Hacking trial: The story so far – BBC News

Posted November 18th, 2013 in conspiracy, electronic mail, interception, media, news, telecommunications by sally

The trial of former News of the World journalists accused of a conspiracy to hack mobile phones is now well under way at the Old Bailey.

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BBC News, 16th November 2013

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UK objects to attempt by Council of Europe to examine online spying – The Guardian

“Britain is delaying the publication of a declaration on internet freedom by the 47 members of Europe’s human rights watchdog after objecting to a probe into the gathering of ‘vast amounts of electronic data’ by intelligence agencies.”

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The Guardian, 8th November 2013

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SFO could snoop on communications to uncover evidence of corruption, says director – OUT-LAW.com

“The director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has warned that the agency may use powers of surveillance to uncover evidence of corruption within corporates.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th October 2013

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KNN Colburn LLP v GD City Holdings Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted October 8th, 2013 in electronic mail, law reports, time limits by sally

KNN Colburn LLP v GD City Holdings Ltd [2013] EWHC 2879 (QB); [2013] WLR (D) 369

“A referral notice that was not accompanied by copies of relevant extracts from the contract and other such documents on which the referring party intended to rely was sufficient to start time running for the purposes of the time limit set out in paragraph 19(1) of the Scheme for Construction Contracts set out in the Schedule to the Scheme for Construction Contracts (England and Wales) Regulations 1998.”

WLR Daily, 2nd October 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

UK’s surveillance laws need overhaul, says former defence secretary – The Guardian

“Laws used by Britain’s spy agencies to justify mass surveillance and interception techniques must be reviewed to ensure they have kept pace with ‘incredible changes’ in communications, one of the country’s foremost intelligence experts has said.”

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The Guardian, 26th September 2013

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Notification of PECR security breaches – Information Commissioner’s Office

Posted September 27th, 2013 in advertising, data protection, EC law, electronic mail, privacy, reports by tracey

“Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations – guide”

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Information Commissioner’s Office, 26th September 2013

Source: www.ico.org.uk

Doctoral students: when does supervision become harassment? – Education Law Blog

Posted September 18th, 2013 in complaints, electronic mail, harassment, news, universities by sally

“The case of Saha v Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine [2013] EWHC 2438 (QB) concerned a £1.5m claim for harassment by a doctoral student against her supervisor Following a hearing that lasted 7 days, with the claimant acting in person, Hamblen J dismissed the claim in its entirety, summarising his conclusions at [160] as follows:

‘I find that a number of the alleged incidents are not proven, and those that are proved do not involve harassment. At most they involve treating Miss Saha in an abrupt, peremptory and at times vexed manner. They do not involve aggressive, bullying or threatening behaviour.'”

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Education Law Blog, 18th September 2013

Source: www.education11kbw.com

Direct marketing via email to consumers requires ‘extremely clear and specific’ consent, says ICO – OUT-LAW.com

“Organisations need to obtain ‘extremely clear and specific’ consent from individuals in order to conduct direct marketing via email to them or through any other form of electronic marketing message, according to new guidelines.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th September 2013

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Thousands of abusive electronic message cases reach court – BBC News

“More than 1,700 cases involving abusive messages sent online or via text message reached English and Welsh courts in 2012, the BBC has learned after a Freedom of Information request.”

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BBC News, 30th July 2013

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May we have our emails back? – Panopticon

Posted July 29th, 2013 in agency, appeals, company law, disclosure, electronic mail, news by sally

“In Fairstar Heavy Transport NV v (1) Philip Jeffrey Adkins (2) Claranet Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 886 the Court of Appeal has considered what right a company has to obtain work-related emails held by its former CEO on his personal computer.”

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Panopticon, 26th July 2013

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

‘Canoe man’ email hack was a warranted invasion of privacy, rules Ofcom – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 3rd, 2013 in electronic mail, interception, media, news, privacy, public interest by sally

“Sky has avoided regulatory action over its admission that it hacked into emails belonging to a man who faked his own death and those belonging to his wife.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd July 2013

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EIR: when is information ‘held’? – Panopticon

“One of the issues which commonly arises for information law practitioners is the question, which arises under both FOIA and the EIR, of whether a public authority actually holds the information which has been requested. The leading case on section 1(1) FOIA is University of Newcastle v IC & British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection [2011] UKUT 185 (AAC), [2011] 2 Info LR 54 and substantially the same approach has been adopted in, for example, Keiller v IC and University of East Anglia [2012] 1 Info LR 128 and Clyne v IC & London Borough of Lambeth [2012] 2 Info LR 24 in relation to regulation 3(2) EIR. What is required is a common-sense and non-technical approach. That, of course, is easier stated than applied.”

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Panopticon, 7th May 2013

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

Sky News reporter cleared over canoe man email hacking – The Guardian

Posted March 19th, 2013 in electronic mail, interception, media, news, public interest by tracey

“Sky News correspondent Gerard Tubb will not face prosecution for hacking the email account of ‘canoe man’ John Darwin, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced.”

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The Guardian, 18th March 2013

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Exclusive: Chilcot Inquiry to challenge official line on Iraq – The Independent

Posted March 6th, 2013 in disclosure, electronic mail, evidence, inquiries, Iraq, news, war by sally

“The inquiry into how Tony Blair committed Britain to war in Iraq is set to challenge the official version of events when it reports later this year, The Independent understands. The team led by Sir John Chilcot, which is examining Britain’s part in the US-led invasion, will ‘challenge previous accounts of what happened’, according to senior sources in the inquiry.”

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The Independent, 6th March 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk