UK courts did not breach man’s right to reputation when dismissing his defamation claims, rules human rights court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 17th, 2017 in defamation, human rights, internet, news, publishing by tracey

‘Courts in the UK did not breach their obligation to protect a budding politician’s right to respect for his reputation when it dismissed his claim for allegedly defamatory comments published about him online, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th October 2017

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High Court judge grants malicious falsehood and data protection injunctions over video content – OUT-LAW.com

‘A UK businessman has been barred from repeating false statements he made about a rival company and one of its senior employees, and ordered not to process the personal data of that employee again.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th October 2017

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UK proposals for child data consent could be illegal, says peer – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 12th, 2017 in bills, children, consent, data protection, internet, news by sally

‘Plans to make 13 the age at which children in the UK can consent to the processing of their data on social media websites and other online platforms “would almost certainly be illegal”, a UK peer has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th October 2017

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UK government considers classifying Google and Facebook as publishers – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2017 in freedom of expression, intellectual property, internet, media, news, publishing by sally

‘Karen Bradley, the culture secretary, has said the government is considering changing the legal status of Google, Facebook and other internet companies amid growing concerns about copyright infringement and the spread of extremist material online.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Making Britain the safest place in the world to be online – Ministry of Justice

‘Britain is to become the safest place in the world to be online thanks to new proposals announced today by Culture Secretary Karen Bradley.’

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Ministry of Justice, 11th October 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Facebook and Twitter could be hit by new tax as part of Government crackdown – The Independent

Posted October 11th, 2017 in codes of practice, internet, news, taxation by tracey

‘Internet giants Facebook and Twitter would be hit by a new tax under Government plans to clamp down on dangers like cyber-bullying, online abuse and underage-access to porn.
Ministers want money raised from the proposed levy to pay for schemes to raise people’s awareness of the dangers of the internet and to tackle their worst effects.’

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The Independent, 11th October 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Section 10 DPA and Youtube videos: Court grants wide perpetual injunction – Panopticon

Posted October 10th, 2017 in data protection, injunctions, internet, news by sally

‘Al-Ko Kober Ltd and Paul Jones v Balvinder Sambhi [2017] EWHC 2474 (QB) is, rather improbably, a DPA case about caravan tow-bars and braking systems. A commercial operator used Youtube videos to malign a competitor business and its marketing manager, until the High Court (Mrs Justice Whipple) granted injunctions last week.’

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Panopticon, 9th October 2017

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Privacy controls should be developed for users of connected and autonomous vehicles, say data watchdogs – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 9th, 2017 in computer programs, data protection, internet, news, privacy, road traffic by sally

‘Users of connected and autonomous vehicles should be able to control who is given access to the data generated by those vehicles, data protection watchdogs from across the globe have said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th October 2017

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New court complex planned to bolster City of London after Brexit – The Guardian

Posted October 9th, 2017 in courts, fraud, HM Courts Service, internet, London, news by sally

‘A major court complex specialising in cybercrime and fraud cases is to be built in the City of London to promote the UK’s financial and legal services post-Brexit.’

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The Guardian, 9th October 2017

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Number of child-on-child sexual assaults almost doubles – Daily Telegraph

‘Reports of children sexually assaulting each other have almost doubled in the last four years, figures show as experts blame the rise in the availability of online pornography.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th October 2017

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Court to hear challenge to GCHQ bulk hacking of phones and computers – The Guardian

‘A challenge to GCHQ’s use of non-specific warrants to authorise the bulk hacking of smartphones, computers and networks in the UK is starting at the court of appeal.
The case, brought by the campaign group Privacy International (PI), is the latest twist in a protracted battle about both the legality of bulk surveillance and the primacy of civil courts over an intelligence tribunal that operates partly in secret.’

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The Guardian, 5th October 2017

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Law tightened to target terrorists’ use of the internet –

Posted October 4th, 2017 in internet, news, sentencing, terrorism by sally

‘Counter-terrorism laws are to be updated to make sure those who repeatedly view terrorist content online face up to 15 years in jail.’

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Home Office, 3rd October 2017

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Woman who stole baby photos from Instagram is banned from social media – Daily Telegraph

‘A woman who copied photos of babies from other people’s Instagram accounts, posted them as her own and claimed they were sick or dead in a bid to get money has been banned from using social media for two years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd October 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Longer jail terms for viewing terror content online – BBC News

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in internet, news, sentencing, terrorism by sally

‘People who repeatedly view terrorist content online will face up to 15 years in prison, the home secretary is to tell the Conservative Party conference.’

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BBC News, 3rd October 2017

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Flasher conviction quashed because Facebook village gossip undermined fair trial – Daily Telegraph

‘A loner accused of chasing two women through a village while exposing himself has had his conviction quashed because residents had shared his image and gossiped about him on Facebook.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th September 2017

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British courts may unlock secrets of how Trump campaign profiled US voters – The Guardian

Posted October 2nd, 2017 in data protection, foreign jurisdictions, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘Legal mechanism may help academic expose how Big Data firms like Cambridge Analytica and Facebook get their information.’

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The Guardian, 1st October 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Press watchdog’s future in doubt after chief’s anti-Mail tweets – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2017 in internet, judicial review, media, news, professional conduct, publishing, reports, standards by sally

‘The future of the only government-approved press watchdog, Impress, is in doubt after an internal report concluded that its chief executive had brought the organisation into disrepute and that his position would be untenable if the Daily Mail and the Sun had applied to join.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2017

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Bar Council launches Wellbeing at the Bar: Phase Two – The Bar Council

Posted September 27th, 2017 in barristers, internet, mental health, press releases by tracey

‘To mark the first anniversary of the Wellbeing at the Bar website, the Bar Council will introduce a Certificate of Recognition to recognise efforts made to promote wellbeing across the Bar. In line with the theme of One Bar at this year’s Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference, everyone – including chambers, Specialist Bar Associations, Circuits, Inns and organisations that employ barristers – will be able to apply. The Certificate will act as a beacon of good wellbeing practice at the Bar for those who receive it.’

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Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Charity commission and fundraising websites plan crackdown on fraudulent donation pages – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 27th, 2017 in charities, Charity Commission, fraud, internet, news by tracey

‘Charity regulators are cracking down on fundrasing scammers after concerns that fraudsters had used tragedies such as Grenfell Tower and terror attacks to dupe donors.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th September 2017

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Uber appeals over tribunal ruling giving drivers benefits – BBC News

Posted September 27th, 2017 in appeals, employment, holiday pay, internet, news, self-employment, statutory sick pay, taxis by tracey

‘An appeal by Uber against a ruling that its drivers are entitled to benefits such as holiday pay is due to be heard at an Employment Appeals Tribunal.’

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BBC News, 27th September 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk