‘Very dangerous’ Plymouth man jailed for grooming girls on Snapchat – BBC News

Posted February 25th, 2021 in child abuse, internet, news, sentencing, sexual grooming, telecommunications by sally

‘A “very dangerous” man in his thirties who pretended to be 15-years-old to groom three young girls on social media, has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 24th February 2021

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New UK laws needed to stop hate speech and extremism, says report – The Guardian

‘Massive gaps in the law allow terrorism to be glorified and hatred to be spread, and a major crackdown is needed to stop more violence being triggered, an official report has said.’

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The Guardian, 24th February 2021

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Man who sent antisemitic tweets on holiday avoids UK prosecution – The Guardian

Posted February 24th, 2021 in bills, foreign jurisdictions, internet, Judaism, malicious communications, news, racism by sally

‘A trainee teacher has avoided a criminal record for sending antisemitic tweets to a Jewish journalist because he was on holiday abroad at the time, with the judge declaring that “the law prohibits me from punishing you”.’

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The Guardian, 23rd February 2021

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Suspended sentence for woman who live streamed video of boyfriend’s trial – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A woman who live streamed her partner’s Crown court trial on Facebook after videoing from the public gallery has received a four-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 18th February 2021

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Litigants baffled as civil procedure rules move to new site – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Lawyers and litigants awoke this morning to the wholesale move of procedure rules to a government website described by one as “unusable”.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 17th February 2021

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UK’s first football hate crime officer turns focus on social media – The Guardian

Posted February 16th, 2021 in hate crime, internet, news, police, prosecutions, racism by sally

‘Since starting his role as the UK’s first football hate crime officer earlier this month, PC Stuart Ward has been busier than expected, considering football fans are banned from stadiums as part of the coronavirus lockdown.’

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The Guardian, 15th February 2021

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David Wilson: Sex offender who posed as girls online jailed for 25 years – BBC News

‘A man who posed as teenage girls online and blackmailed 51 boys into sending him indecent images of themselves has been jailed for 25 years.’

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BBC News, 10th February 2021

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Man to pay £25,000 damages over negative TrustPilot review – BBC News

Posted February 10th, 2021 in complaints, damages, defamation, internet, law firms, news by sally

‘A man who left a negative review of a legal firm on the TrustPilot website has been ordered to pay £25,000 ($34,000) in libel damages.’

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BBC News, 9th February 2021

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The woman who live-tweets inquests – BBC News

Posted February 10th, 2021 in autism, coroners, disabled persons, inquests, internet, news by sally

‘George Julian is crowdfunding to attend coroners’ courts and live-tweet the inquests of people with learning disabilities and autism.’

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BBC News, 10th February 2021

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Romance fraud on rise in coronavirus lockdown – BBC News

Posted February 10th, 2021 in coronavirus, fraud, identity fraud, internet, money laundering, news, statistics by sally

‘Romance fraud – scamming someone out of money by pretending to want a relationship – has been on the rise during lockdown.’

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BBC News, 10th February 2021

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Rise in child abuse online threatens to overwhelm UK police, officers warn – The Guardian

‘The vast, and growing, volume of child abuse material being created and shared online is threatening to overwhelm police efforts to tackle it, senior officers have told the Guardian. And the situation is likely to worsen, National Crime Agency (NCA) child abuse lead Rob Jones warned, if social media sites such as Facebook press ahead with further encryption of messaging services.’

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The Guardian, 9th February 2021

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FCA warning over ‘risky’ TikTok trading tips – BBC News

Posted February 8th, 2021 in financial services ombudsman, internet, news, shareholders by tracey

‘TikTok creators have been offering “risky” trading tips in the wake of the GameStop shares frenzy, a UK regulator has warned. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said people should be wary of users “promising high-return investments”.’

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BBC News, 7th February 2021

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Influencers told not to use ‘misleading’ beauty filters – BBC News

‘Filters should not be applied to social media adverts if they exaggerate the effect of the product, the Advertising Standards Authority has ruled.’

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BBC News, 3rd February 2021

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UK gambling firms ordered to slow down online slot machines – The Guardian

Posted February 2nd, 2021 in consumer protection, gambling, internet, news by sally

‘Online casinos will be forced to overhaul slot machine games to slow them down and remove features that cause players to lose track of how much they are spending.’

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The Guardian, 2nd February 2021

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UK opens formal investigation of Facebook’s Giphy takeover – The Independent

Posted January 29th, 2021 in artistic works, competition, internet, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘The U.K. s competition watchdog launched a formal investigation on Thursday into Facebook s purchase of Giphy over concerns it will stifle competition for animated images.’

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The Independent, 28th January 2021

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UK regulator to write to WhatsApp over Facebook data sharing – The Guardian

Posted January 27th, 2021 in data protection, internet, news, privacy, select committees by sally

‘The UK’s data regulator is writing to WhatsApp to demand that the chat app does not hand user data to Facebook, as millions worldwide continue to sign up for alternatives such as Signal and Telegram to avoid forthcoming changes to its terms of service.’

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The Guardian, 26th January 2021

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The Court of Appeal considers Domestic Abuse – Part 2 – Transparency Project

Posted January 26th, 2021 in appeals, domestic violence, family courts, internet, news, remote hearings by sally

‘This post summarises the individual issues in the four appeals. Part 3 will cover the wider issues of principle and some of the themes that emerged in the course of the hearing, and will provide some materials for further reading.’

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Transparency Project, 24th January 2021

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The Court of Appeal considers Domestic Abuse – Part 1 – Transparency Project

Posted January 26th, 2021 in appeals, domestic violence, family courts, internet, news, remote hearings by sally

‘This week three judges in the Court of Appeal held a 3 day long appeal hearing all about domestic abuse cases. This series of posts provide a summary of what the hearing was about and how it went. The decision is expected in a few weeks’ time.’

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Transparency Project, 23rd January 2021

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Priti Patel publishes new strategy to protect children from sexual abuse – Home Office

‘The Home Secretary has today published a first-of-its-kind national strategy to protect children from all forms of child sexual abuse. The Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Strategy sets out how the Government will use new legislation and enhanced technology to stop offenders in their tracks.’

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Home Office, 22nd January 2021

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High Court grants girl anonymity in TikTok representative action – Litigation Futures

Posted January 8th, 2021 in anonymity, children, damages, data protection, internet, news, privacy by tracey

‘A High Court judge has granted anonymity to a 12-year-old girl, allowing the Children’s Commissioner, as her litigation friend, to bring a breach of privacy action against social media platform TikTok.’

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Litigation Futures, 7th January 2021

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