GCHQ’s mass data interception violated right to privacy, court rules – The Guardian

‘The UK spy agency GCHQ’s methods for bulk interception of online communications violated the right to privacy and the regime for collection of data was unlawful, the grand chamber of the European court of human rights has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 25th May 2021

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Alexandra Wilson examines the Court of Appeal ‘Encrochat’ judgment: A, B, D & C v Regina [2021] EWCA Crim 128 – 5SAH

‘The Court of Appeal (“the Court”) were asked to determine whether evidence obtained from the EncroChat application (“the EncroChat material”) can be admitted in evidence in criminal proceedings, or whether it is excluded by the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (“the 2016 Act”).’

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5SAH, 25th March 2021

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Alexandra Wilson examines the Court of Appeal ‘Encrochat’ judgment: A, B, D & C v Regina [2021] EWCA Crim 128 – 5SAH

‘Alexandra Wilson provides an update on the latest Encrochat position following the judgment in A, B, D & C v Regina [2021] EWCA Crim 128.’

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5SAH, 18th February 2021

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Implants, Interception and the Admissibility of EncroChat Data – Broadway House Chambers

‘On 05 February 2021, the Court of Appeal judgment in the case of A & Others [2021] EWCA Crim 128 was published. The judgment effectively dismissed arguments to stop the use of data obtained from the EncroChat communications network in legal proceedings. Put simply, judges ruled that the data obtained by French and Dutch law enforcement by hacking EncroChat servers did not constitute “interception” and therefore did not contravene the statutory provisions as set out in the Investigatory Powers Act 2016.’

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Broadway House Chambers, 8th February 2021

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EncroChat: UK drugs boss captured as police crack coded messages – BBC News

‘A drugs boss who ran a multi-million pound enterprise in the UK has been jailed after detectives hacked into his encrypted messaging accounts.’

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BBC News, 4th February 2021

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One day late acceptance of part 36 offer puts costs in play – Legal Futures

‘An automatic entitlement to costs under part 36 only arises if the offer is accepted within the “relevant period”, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 21st January 2021

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Reforms to UK’s antiquated spying laws published by Law Commission – Law Commission

‘Reform is needed to bring the law into the 21st century and protect the United Kingdom from espionage (spying) and unauthorised disclosures (leaks), according to a report from the Law Commission that has been laid in Parliament today [01 September 2020].’

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Law Commission, 1st September 2020

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Mirror’s in-house lawyers under phone-hacking scrutiny – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has rejected a bid to strike out the claim by various public figures that the legal department of MGN Group knew about phone hacking at the Daily Mirror.’

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Legal Futures, 11th March 2020

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UK court allows Saudi dissident to sue kingdom over alleged hacking – The Guardian

‘The high court has given a green light to a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia that has been brought by a prominent dissident living in London who has claimed he was the victim of a sophisticated hacking campaign by the kingdom.’

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2020

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Paul Burrell and James Hewitt among latest phone-hacking cases – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2019 in interception, media, news, privacy, telecommunications by tracey

‘Princess Diana’s former lover James Hewitt and her butler Paul Burrell are among dozens of individuals who have joined Prince Harry in the latest round of phone-hacking claims against tabloid newspaper publishers.’

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The Guardian, 21st October 2019

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Google ‘tracking iPhone users’ case goes ahead – BBC News

‘Legal action brought against Google for allegedly tracking the personal data of four million iPhone users can go ahead in the UK, three judges have ruled.’

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BBC News, 2nd October 2019

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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

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk