A ‘Law Check’ of Conservative Party HQ’s Fake Twitter ‘Fact Check’ – Church Court Chambers

Posted November 28th, 2019 in elections, fraud, internet, misrepresentation, news, political parties by sally

‘For even the most dyed in the wool Conservative voter, Conservative Central Headquarters’ decision to rename their twitter account as factcheckUK during Monday night’s leadership debates would have appeared unedifying. This conduct, which has the clear potential to mislead the public, goes beyond party lines and drifts into tactics that no one would properly describe as fair or opaque. Indeed, it is tactic one would expect to be utilised by one of the worlds autocratic regimes rather than by a major party in a democracy like the United Kingdom.’

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Church Court Chambers, November 2019

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Just for Kids Law launches online resource for challenges to school exclusions – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 28th, 2019 in internet, news, school exclusions by sally

‘A children’s legal rights charity has launched an information hub to help professionals and community organisations challenge unfair school exclusions in England.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th November 2019

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FCA to ban promotion of mini-bonds to small investors – The Guardian

Posted November 26th, 2019 in advertising, financial regulation, internet, news by tracey

‘The City watchdog is to ban the promotion of speculative mini-bonds to small investors after facing severe criticism over its handling of the collapse of London Capital & Finance.’

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The Guardian, 26th November 2019

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Northamptonshire PC dismissed for Auschwitz eBay sales – BBC News

Posted November 26th, 2019 in disciplinary procedures, dismissal, internet, news, police, racism by tracey

‘A police officer who sold items from Auschwitz on eBay has been dismissed without notice.’

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BBC News, 26th November 2019

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Crypto statement a ‘watershed’ for English law – Law Society’s Gazette

‘In its first substantive output since being announced a year ago, the LawTech Delivery Panel last week posted good news for anyone developing, or working with, products based on blockchain encryption technology.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 25th November 2019

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Holocaust denial, hyperlinks and YouTube: Chabloz again – Law & Religion UK

‘Alison Chabloz was convicted in 2018 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court of three offences contrary to s.127(1) of the Communications Act 2003.

On appeal, in R v Alison Chabloz [2019] Southwark Crown Court 13 February, the issue was whether or not the three songs were “grossly offensive” [2]. She lost.

She then sought to appeal by way of case stated; however, following a hearing in May concerned with how the matter should proceed, the judge refused to state a case and indicated that the proper course was for her to seek permission for judicial review of the written ruling. No such application was ever formally made, although written grounds for judicial review were produced in September 2019. In Chabloz v Crown Prosecution Service [2019] EWHC 3094 (Admin), Coulson LJ sets out the rather confusing procedural history of the case at [2]-[5].

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Law & Religion UK, 20th November 2019

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Transphobia guidelines ‘contrary to freedom of expression’, court hears – BBC News

‘The way police record “non-crime hate incidents” against transgender people has “a chilling effect” on freedom of expression, the High Court has heard.he way police record “non-crime hate incidents” against transgender people has “a chilling effect” on freedom of expression, the High Court has heard.’

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BBC News, 20th November 2019

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Social media posts referred to police could show up on DBS background checks despite not being a crime – Daily Telegraph

‘Social media posts referred to police but deemed as non-criminal could still show up on DBS background checks.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th November2019

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Barrister posted “misogynistic” comments on Facebook – Legal Futures

Posted November 19th, 2019 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, internet, news by sally

‘A barrister suspended last month for offensive messages on Facebook posted one that was effectively a threat to kill a member of the public, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 19th November 2019

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Free Internet Access ‘Should Be A Human Right’ – Professor – Rights Info

Posted November 18th, 2019 in equality, human rights, internet, news, statistics by sally

‘Many of us take for granted our ability to tap in to Twitter or spend longer than we would care to admit tumbling down a YouTube rabbit hole. But this luxury is not afforded to an estimated 1.94 million UK households lacking internet access in 2019.’

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Rights Info, 15th November 2019

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Child abuse victims should have right to sue paedophiles caught with images of them, children charities say – Daily Telegraph

‘Child abuse victims should be given new rights to sue paedophiles caught viewing or sharing indecent images of them, children charities have said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th November 2019

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Childline reports 16% increase in victims of sexual exploitation – The Guardian

‘The number of child sexual exploitation victims counselled by Childline has risen by 16% in a year, with perpetrators believed to be increasingly preying on targets online.’

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The Guardian, 15th November 2019

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Tommy Robinson appears in High Court over ‘very serious allegations’ about Syrian child bullied in viral video – The Independent

‘Tommy Robinson has appeared at the High Court over his comments about a Syrian refugee boy who was filmed being attacked at his school in Huddersfield.’

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The Independent, 15th November 2019

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Law firms’ “shocking” vulnerability to cyber criminals – Legal Futures

Posted November 13th, 2019 in computer crime, internet, law firms, news, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘The vast majority of major law firms still have significant unaddressed cyber-risk, despite repeated urging by regulators, insurers and others to shore up their defences, according to new research.’

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Legal Futures, 12th November 2019

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Social media ads encouraging children to get ‘likes and followers’ banned by watchdog – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 13th, 2019 in advertising, children, complaints, internet, mental health, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘TV adverts which encourage children to get ‘likes’ and ‘followers’ on social media have been banned as they could be damaging to their ‘mental health and self-esteem’, a watchdog has ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th November 2019

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MPs call for reform of online gambling laws – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 8th, 2019 in electronic commerce, gambling, internet, news by tracey

‘The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Gambling Related Harm (GRH APPG) said current legislation has its limitations and that new laws should be introduced and “focus on prevention of harm and retrospective concerns” and further “assess the kind of industry we would like to have in the future”.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th November 2019

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Law on hyperlinking clarified by High Court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 7th, 2019 in copyright, EC law, intellectual property, internet, news by tracey

‘The application of copyright law to hyperlinking has been clarified by the High Court in London in a judgment that will be welcomed by rights holders, an intellectual property law expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th November 2019

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Paedophile hunters responsible for more than half of grooming prosecutions – Daily Telegraph

‘Police chiefs have accused vigilante paedophile hunters of exceeding the law, despite using their evidence to prosecute suspects in more than half of all cases.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th November 2019

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‘Completely Inappropriate’: Raise Age Of Digital Consent To 16, MPs Say – Rights Info

Posted November 6th, 2019 in age of consent, children, consent, data protection, internet, news by sally

‘The age at which children can legally consent to having their personal data processed by tech companies should be raised from 13 to 16, MPs have urged.’

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Rights Info, 5th November 2019

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Exclusive: CMA ramps up pressure on Bar Standards Board – Legal Futures

Posted November 6th, 2019 in barristers, competition, internet, legal services, news by sally

‘The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has ramped up the pressure on the Bar Standards Board (BSB) over its decision to stop funding the cross-regulator Legal Choices website.’

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Legal Futures, 6th November 2019

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