Lighting company fined for breaching competition law through online price restrictions – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 23rd, 2017 in competition, fines, internet, news, price fixing by tracey

‘A lighting supplier has been fined £2.7 million for requiring retailers to use a minimum price when selling its products online.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st June 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Watchdog targets online gambling firms that ‘load the dice’ against players – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 23rd, 2017 in consumer protection, gambling, internet, news by tracey

‘Online gambling companies will have to change their “unfair” sign-up deals or face a legal challenge after the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it was launching enforcement action against operators that it believes to be breaking consumer law.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd June 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Council appeals £150k fine imposed over publication of sensitive data – Local Government Lawyer

‘Basildon Council has confirmed it is to appeal the imposition by the Information Commissioner of a £150,000 monetary penalty for publishing sensitive personal information about a family in planning application documents that were made publicly available online.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th June 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

The Lord Slynn Memorial Lecture by Sir Terence Etherton, Master of the Rolls: The Civil Court of the Future – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted June 15th, 2017 in civil justice, courts, internet, judges, speeches by sally

The Lord Slynn Memorial Lecture by Sir Terence Etherton, Master of the Rolls: The Civil Court of the Future

Judiciary of England and Wales, 15th June 2017

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Nick Barber: The Legal Academic In the Internet Age – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted June 15th, 2017 in internet, legal education, news, publishing, universities by sally

‘I was contemplating my lectures for the coming academic year and I started to feel annoyed – I think the two were connected. Lecturing has started to seem a rather odd and inefficient way of communicating information about constitutional law to students. Though lectures can be fun to deliver, they are also a pain. For the lecturer, they consume a significant amount of time and energy, raising a sense of déjà vu, as last year’s insights and jokes are dusted off for a new audience. But things are worse for those who have to listen to the thing: dragged into a lecture that can last for an hour or more, a moment’s lack of concentration can mean important points are missed – and few in the audience will only suffer a moment’s inattention. It is becoming obvious that the opportunities presented by the Internet will change this over the coming few years; I would bet that the old-style lecture will only last little while longer (though there are strong forces of creaking institutional inertia protecting it). Putting to one side next year’s teaching, I began to speculate on the ways in which the Internet might change the ways in which we, as legal scholars, communicate our subject to students and to people more generally in the medium term. In this post, I will reflect on how I see legal academia developing over the next five or so years – I think we are on the cusp of a very exciting and largely positive shift in the way in which we operate.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 14th June 2017

Source: ukconstitutionallaw.org

Free speech and e-media – Counsel

‘Google, Facebook, Twitter and other intermediaries increasingly face a broadly united front of protest. Is it time to regulate? asks Richard Spearman QC.’

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Counsel, June 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Rules on the portability of online content finalised – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 9th, 2017 in EC law, internet, markets, news by sally

‘Online content service providers will be obliged to ensure that consumers in the EU can access the material they subscribe to when they are “temporarily present” in another EU country, under new rules approved by EU law makers.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 9th June 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Digital legacies need legal protection say lawyers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 8th, 2017 in executors, internet, news, wills by sally

‘Solicitors and legal academics have called for new powers enabling people to decide what happens to their digital legacy when they die, including by making a provision for online data to be included in wills.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 7th June 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Cyber child sex offences increase by nearly half, NSPCC finds – The Independent

Posted June 1st, 2017 in child abuse, internet, news, reports, sexual offences by sally

‘”Figures give us an insight into how crimes are changing and how access to children is changing through the use of the internet,” charity expert tells The Independent’

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The Independent, 1st June 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Council fined £150k for publishing sensitive data in online planning documents – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 1st, 2017 in data protection, fines, gipsies, internet, local government, news, planning, privacy by sally

‘Basildon Borough Council has been fined £150,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for publishing sensitive personal information about a family in planning application documents that were made publicly available online.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st May 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Defamation cases slump to nine-year low – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 30th, 2017 in defamation, internet, legislation, news, statistics by sally

‘The number of reported defamation cases in the UK is at the lowest level since 2008/9, partly due to the Defamation Act 2013, according to research published today.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 30th May 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Publishers call for rethink of proposed changes to online privacy laws – The Guardian

Posted May 30th, 2017 in advertising, internet, news, privacy, publishing by sally

‘An alliance of news publishers has called on European regulators to rethink proposed changes to online privacy laws, arguing that they will potentially kill their digital businesses and give Google, Apple and Facebook too much control of advertising and personal data.’

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The Guardian, 29th May 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Paedophiles can be banned from using Snapchat, judge rules – Daily Telegraph

‘Paedophiles can be banned from using Snapchat because the app deletes images, a judge has ruled in a landmark case.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th May 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

New payday loan regulations come into force – BBC News

Posted May 26th, 2017 in advertising, internet, loans, news by tracey

‘New payday loan regulations come into force on Friday, requiring all online lenders to advertise on at least one price comparison website.’

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BBC News, 26th May 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Former Solihull nursery worker jailed for sex offences against 18 boys – The Guardian

‘A former nursery worker who blackmailed and raped a teenage boy has been jailed for 16 years for what a judge called “a disturbing catalogue of sexual corruption and deviancy”.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Paedophile Ivor Gifford, 92, guilty of grooming girls – BBC News

Posted May 19th, 2017 in internet, news, sexual grooming by tracey

‘A 92-year-old man has been found guilty of using a chatroom to incite what he believed were 11 and 12-year-old girls to engage in sexual activity.’

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BBC News, 18th June 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Inquiry launched into targeting of UK voters through social media – The Guardian

Posted May 18th, 2017 in advertising, elections, inquiries, internet, news, political parties by tracey

‘The information commissioner has launched an investigation into the way UK political parties target voters through social media with a warning that if they send political messages to people based on their individual data, they could be breaking the law.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th May 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

BT faces new fine over Openreach delays – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 18th, 2017 in delay, fines, internet, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘BT faces another fine for service failures in its Openreach business, after customers for high speed ethernet lines suffered delays of more than six months.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th May 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

How outdated election rules let parties ‘buy’ marginal seats using Facebook – The Independent

Posted May 16th, 2017 in advertising, elections, expenses, internet, news by sally

‘Election rules are failing to keep pace with rapid changes in technology, allowing political parties to spend millions of pounds on locally targeted Facebook adverts with national campaign funds, experts have warned.’

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The Independent, 15th May 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

How in-flight Wi-Fi works – 4 KBW

Posted May 15th, 2017 in aircraft, internet, news, satellites, telecommunications by sally

‘We’ve all had the same problem: you walk too far away from your Wi-Fi router and, all of a sudden, your Wi-Fi stops working. We all know that it’s simply because the router’s signal isn’t strong enough to reach you that extra few feet away. There is sadly a limit on the strength of Wi-Fi connectivity. But, if Wi-Fi is so dependent upon your proximity to a router, doesn’t it seem strange that Wi-Fi can work in an aeroplane, 35,000 feet above the ground?’

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4 KBW, 28th May 2017

Source: www.4kbw.net