What does the Proposal to Introduce Trial-by-Video Link Mean for Justice? – Rights Info

‘The government’s plans for court modernisation, under Her Majesty’s Courts, Tribunals Service Reform Programme (HMCTS), include the development of fully-video hearings, where all parties join via electronic links and no one is in a courtroom.’

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Rights Info, 9th October 2018

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No compensation for Google data breaches – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 11th, 2018 in compensation, data protection, human rights, internet, news by sally

‘Most of us resignedly consent to the use of cookies in order to use internet sites, vaguely aware that these collect information about our browsing habits in order to target us with advertisements. It’s annoying, but does it do us any harm? That is the question that came up before Warby J in a preliminary application for a representative claim last week.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th October 2018

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Data protection compensation claim fails to prove ‘damage’ – OUT-LAW.com

‘Businesses that breach UK data protection law or misuse personal information are not automatically obliged to pay compensation to people affected by that breach, the High Court in London has confirmed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 9th October 2018

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UK high court blocks mass privacy action against Google – The Guardian

Posted October 8th, 2018 in advertising, class actions, internet, news, privacy, telecommunications by sally

‘The high court has blocked a mass legal action against Google over claims that it collected sensitive personal data from more than 4 million iPhone users.’

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The Guardian, 8th October 2018

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Man used ‘extreme manipulation’ to trick other men into sex – BBC News

Posted October 8th, 2018 in consent, identity fraud, internet, news, sexual offences by sally

‘A man who tricked four men into having sex with him by pretending to be a woman online has been convicted.’

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BBC News, 5th October 2018

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UK watchdogs demand transparency from Facebook amid child trafficking claim – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 4th, 2018 in children, internet, news, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘UK child protection organisations have called for Facebook to improve transparency on its site, after a new lawsuit in America claimed that it is being used to lure children into the sex trade. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) said Facebook should be forced to report how many child abusers it identifies online to help measure the scale of the problem.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd Ocotber 2018

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Councillor pleads guilty to posting offensive messages on social media – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 2nd, 2018 in internet, local government, malicious communications, news, racism by sally

‘A councillor at Rutland County Council has pleaded guilty to posting malicious content on social media.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st October 2018

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Websites of Kinder chocolate banned over ads targeting children – The Guardian

Posted September 19th, 2018 in advertising, children, complaints, food, health, internet, news by sally

‘A series of websites, an app and a YouTube channel promoting Kinder chocolate and toys have been banned in the UK for aiming junk food advertising at children.’

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The Guardian, 19th September 2018

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Ofcom to push for regulation of social networks – The Guardian

Posted September 18th, 2018 in internet, media, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Tech companies such as Facebook and Google could be regulated in the same way as the mobile phone and broadband industry, the head of media regulator Ofcom was expected to say on Tuesday.’

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The Guardian, 17th September 2018

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Social media firms face £18m fines if they send children notifications at night – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 17th, 2018 in children, codes of practice, fines, internet, news by sally

‘Social media firms face fines of up to £18m if they disturb children with notifications and alerts at night or during the school day under plans being considered by the information commissioner.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th September 2018

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Paedophiles viewing child sex abuse images once every 23 minutes in England and Wales as crimes rocket – The Independent

Posted September 13th, 2018 in crime, criminal justice, indecent photographs of children, internet, news by tracey

‘The number of child sex abuse image offences being recorded by police has risen by almost a quarter, new figures have revealed as the government threatens to regulate web giants if they do not crack down on the phenomenon.’

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The Independent, 13th September 2018

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Government plans to jail Britons entering ‘designated areas’ abroad for 10 years under new terror laws – The Independent

Posted September 7th, 2018 in bills, internet, news, sentencing, terrorism by tracey

‘A new law that could see people imprisoned for up to 10 years if they enter “designated areas” abroad is being proposed by the government. Without announcing the plan, it has introduced a completely new clause to the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill, which MPs and peers have already expressed human rights concerns about.’

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The Independent, 6th September 2018

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Anonymous LiP ordered to identify himself – nine months into action – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A litigant in person who is trying to sue web giant Google in the High Court has successfully concealed his identity from court staff and the defendant – as well as the judge – for more than nine months, it has emerged.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 29th August 2018

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Contraception app advert banned by UK regulator – BBC News

Posted August 29th, 2018 in advertising, contraception, internet, news by sally

‘An advert on Facebook for an app that provides a natural alternative to contraception has been banned by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority.’

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BBC News, 29th August 2018

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Legal Bloggers – Pilot Announced – Transparency Project

Posted August 24th, 2018 in family courts, internet, media, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘After months of liaison with the Family Procedure Rules Committee our proposal to permit legal bloggers into family court hearings is going to be piloted. The pilot will launch on 1 October and run for 9 months until 30 June 2018, so it’s no change until then. The pilot will allow practising lawyers, academic lawyers and those under the umbrella of an an educational charity (like us). We’re keeners, so we’ve already submitted our details to the President of the Family Division so that we are on the ‘approved list’ of educational charities who can send lawyers to court (four weeks notice is required but this only needs to be done once).’

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Transparency Project, 22nd August 2018

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Social media celebrities under investigation by business watchdog – The Guardian

Posted August 17th, 2018 in advertising, competition, internet, news, remuneration by sally

‘Celebrities who promote products on social media are under investigation by the competition watchdog amid concerns they are not making it clear when they have been paid to do so.’

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The Guardian, 16th August 2018

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Dartford convicted killer jailed after paedophile hunter sting – BBC News

Posted August 13th, 2018 in child abuse, internet, news, sentencing, sexual grooming, sexual offences by sally

‘A convicted killer who was caught trying to meet a young girl for sex has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 10th August 2018

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Copyright ruling challenges internet practices on posting photos – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 10th, 2018 in copyright, internet, news, photography by sally

‘Website operators cannot lift copyrighted media lawfully posted elsewhere on the internet without first obtaining the rights holder’s permission to publish the image themselves, the EU’s highest court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th August 2018

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Privacy International v Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs & ors – Blackstone Chambers

‘The Investigatory Powers Tribunal has given its third judgment in this case concerning the collection and use of bulk communications data (‘BCD’) and bulk personal datasets (‘BPD’) by the Security and Intelligence Agencies (MI5, MI6 and GCHQ – the ‘SIAs’).’

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Blackstone Chambers, 21st July 2018

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Animated child-porn loophole must be closed, says Baroness Howe – Daily Telegraph

‘Adults will be able to view computer-generated child abuse images online because of a loophole in new laws barring under-18s from porn sites, the Government has been warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th August 2018

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