Lawyers accuse BA of ‘swerving responsibility’ for data breach after time limit is imposed for compensation claims – Daily Telegraph

‘British Airways has been accused of “swerving responsibility” for a massive data breach by trying to limit compensation payouts for victims, lawyers claim.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th September 2019

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Monitoring of mobile phones – rights groups challenge police – The Guardian

‘The refusal by police forces to disclose whether they are exploiting covert surveillance technology to track mobile phones is to be challenged at a tribunal next week.’

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The Guardian, 20th August 2019

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Brexiteer jailed for threatening to kill MPs – The Independent

‘A Brexiteer has been jailed for threatening to kill MPs because he felt they were trying to “delay or stop the UK’s exit from the European Union”.’

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The Independent, 3rd August 2019

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Liberty loses high court challenge to snooper’s charter – The Guardian

‘The human rights group Liberty has lost its latest high court challenge against the government’s mass surveillance powers.’

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The Guardian, 29th July 2019

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MI5 engaged in ‘extraordinary and persistent illegality’ whilst handling personal data, High Court hears – Daily Telegraph

‘MI5 has been unlawfully holding people’s data collected through surveillance or hacking programmes, the high court has been told.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th June 2019

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UK government security decisions can be challenged in court, judges rule – The Guardian

‘Government security decisions will in future be open to challenge in the courts after judges ruled that a secretive intelligence tribunal could not be exempt from legal action.’

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The Guardian, 15th May 2019

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Winstone v MGN- 39 Essex Chambers

‘In this article Richard Spearman QC discusses the issues raised in Winstone and Others v MGN Ltd [2019] EWHC (Ch) 265 in which he represented the defendant. The application arose in the Mirror Newspapers Hacking Litigation, and concerned the extent to which materials subject to legal professional privilege remained susceptible to protection after they had been pleaded by claimants.’

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39 Essex Chambers, 28th February 2019

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Sir Elton John, Liz Hurley and Heather Mills settle phone hacking claims – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 4th, 2019 in compensation, interception, media, news, privacy by sally

‘Sir Elton John, Elizabeth Hurley and Heather Mills have settled their phone hacking claims against News Group Newspapers (NGN), their lawyers have confirmed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd February 2019

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Law firms “will stop using email within five years” – Legal Futures

‘Email will be replaced within five years by a more secure means of communication for law firms, an expert predicted this week.’

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Legal Futures, 13th December 2018

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Coronation Street stars and Frank Bruno settle hacking claims – BBC News

Posted September 28th, 2018 in damages, interception, media, news, privacy, telecommunications by tracey

‘Six Coronation Street stars and ex-boxer Frank Bruno are among the latest celebrities to settle phone-hacking claims with News Group Newspapers.’

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BBC News, 27th September 2018

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Costs can be proportionate even if they exceed damages, Senior Costs Judge says – Litigation Futures

Posted June 18th, 2018 in costs, damages, interception, news, privacy, proportionality by sally

‘The proportionality test does not prevent the recovery of costs that are higher than the sums at issue in litigation, the Senior Costs Judge has said in allowing such a recovery by a host of celebrities awarded damages in the Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) phone hacking litigation.’

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Litigation Futures, 14th June 2018

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Master takes axe to phone-hacking claimants’ partner-heavy costs budgets – Litigation Futures

Posted June 1st, 2018 in budgets, costs, interception, news, proportionality, solicitors by sally

‘The High Court has criticised a law firm’s “very heavy reliance on partner time”, and the “astonishing” amount of time junior counsel was planning to spend in preparing for trial, as it slashed by more than half many of their budgeted costs for representing two claimants in the phone hacking litigation against Mirror Group Newspapers.’

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Litigation Futures, 30th May 2018

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Mirror Group forced to pay phone hacking damages to Danielle Lloyd, Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole – The Independent

Posted May 4th, 2018 in damages, interception, media, news, privacy, telecommunications by tracey

‘Mirror Group Newspapers has been forced to pay damages to a model, an actress and two former footballers over the phone hacking scandal.’

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The Independent, 3rd May 2018

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The Leveson Inquiry Wrapped up Early, So What Does This Mean for Free Speech and Privacy? – RightsInfo

‘The public inquiry into media ethics following the phone-hacking scandal of 2011 will not be concluded in full. Why is this happening, and what does it mean for freedom of speech and our right to privacy?’

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RightsInfo, 4th April 2018

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Leveson inquiry: government confirms second stage axed – The Guardian

Posted March 2nd, 2018 in inquiries, interception, media, news, police, privacy by tracey

‘The culture secretary, Matt Hancock, confirmed on Thursday that the government would drop plans for the second phase of the Leveson inquiry into press standards launched in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2018

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Mirror Group pays damages to Hugh Grant after admitting a ‘decade of unlawful intrusion’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 6th, 2018 in damages, interception, media, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘Senior figures at Mirror Group newspapers “condoned, encouraged or turned a blind eye” to a decade of widespread phone hacking and unlawful intrusion by its journalists, it has been admitted.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th February 2018

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Court to hear challenge to GCHQ bulk hacking of phones and computers – The Guardian

‘A challenge to GCHQ’s use of non-specific warrants to authorise the bulk hacking of smartphones, computers and networks in the UK is starting at the court of appeal.
The case, brought by the campaign group Privacy International (PI), is the latest twist in a protracted battle about both the legality of bulk surveillance and the primacy of civil courts over an intelligence tribunal that operates partly in secret.’

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The Guardian, 5th October 2017

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News Group settles 17 cases related to allegations of criminality at the Sun – The Guardian

Posted September 8th, 2017 in compensation, interception, media, news, privacy, telecommunications by tracey

‘The publisher of the Sun and the defunct News of the World has settled 17 cases of phone hacking and illegally obtaining personal information, avoiding a high-profile court case.’

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The Guardian, 7th September 2017

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EU judges may be asked to rule on legality of UK surveillance powers – The Guardian

‘EU judges may be asked to decide whether the intelligence services’ bulk collection of email data in order to prevent terrorist attacks is legal.’

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The Guardian, 5th June 2017

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Actress Elizabeth Hurley awarded phone-hacking damages – BBC News

Posted May 18th, 2017 in damages, interception, media, news, privacy, telecommunications by tracey

‘Elizabeth Hurley has received “substantial” damages and an apology from Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) over phone-hacking.’

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BBC News, 17th May 2017

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