UK Covid-related cybercrime fuels 15-fold rise in scam takedowns – The Guardian

‘The UK’s cybersecurity agency has taken down more scams in the last year than in the previous three years combined, with coronavirus and NHS-themed cybercrime fuelling the increase.’

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The Guardian, 5th May 2021

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Dangerous eBay listings can be removed by regulators – BBC News

‘Online seller eBay says it is handing regulators the power to take down dangerous listings without consulting the company.’

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BBC News, 10th May 2021

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Dale Tyson: ‘Deplorable’ sex offender may have more victims – BBC News

‘A man who used a fake online profile to dupe children into sending him graphic images of themselves may have targeted “many more”, police have said.’

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BBC News, 28th April 2021

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Case Preview: Lloyd v Google LLC – UKSC Blog

‘In this post, Kenny Henderson and Alex Askew of CMS preview the appeal being heard over the next two days in the matter of Lloyd v Google LLC, which concerns a claim alleging that the appellant (“Google”) breached its duties as a data controller to over 4m Apple iPhone users during a period of some months in 2011- 2012, when Google was able to collect and use their browser generated information.’

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UKSC Blog, 28th April 2021

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Social media sites warned over risky investment offers – The Guardian

‘The City regulator has warned social media sites that it may take action if they continue to promote risky and sometimes fraudulent investments to often inexperienced consumers.’

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The Guardian, 20th April 2021

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TikTok sued for billions over use of children’s data – BBC News

Posted April 21st, 2021 in children, class actions, compensation, damages, data protection, internet, news, privacy by tracey

‘TikTok is facing a legal challenge from former children’s commissioner for England Anne Longfield over how it collects and uses children’s data.’

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BBC News, 21st April 2021

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NHS Covid-19 app update blocked for breaking Apple and Google’s rules – BBC News

Posted April 13th, 2021 in computer programs, coronavirus, internet, news, privacy, telecommunications by sally

‘An update to England and Wales’s contact tracing app has been blocked for breaking the terms of an agreement made with Apple and Google.’

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BBC News, 12th April 2021

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Alison Chabloz jailed for anti-Semitic radio show comments – BBC News

Posted April 8th, 2021 in internet, Judaism, news, racism, sentencing, suspended sentences by sally

‘A blogger has been jailed after making anti-Semitic comments on a radio show.’

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BBC News, 7th April 2021

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Laurence Fox sued for libel over ‘paedophile’ comments – BBC News

Posted April 8th, 2021 in defamation, internet, London, news by sally

‘London mayoral candidate Laurence Fox is being sued for libel after he called three people “paedophiles” on Twitter.’

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BBC News, 7th April 2021

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Gaming paedophile groomed victim with cryptocurrency – BBC News

‘A paedophile who groomed an 11-year-old boy through online gaming has been told by a judge he may have to serve all of his eight-year jail sentence.’

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BBC News, 6th April 2021

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Nottingham men jailed for abusing vulnerable teenage girls – BBC News

‘Two men have been jailed for grooming and sexually abusing three vulnerable teenage girls.’

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BBC News, 29th March 2021

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School abuse claims could be the ‘next national scandal’ – BBC News

‘Sexual harassment and assault claims made by school pupils on a website may be the “next child abuse scandal that engulfs the nation”, police have said.’

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BBC News, 29th March 2021

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The jurisdictional challenge of internet regulation – OUP Blog

Posted March 24th, 2021 in data protection, international law, internet, jurisdiction, news, privacy by sally

‘We live in an increasingly automated, data-driven world where choices and decisions are made for us, and sometimes, against us, and in which we are being subconsciously manipulated, based on the data trail we leave behind us. As a consequence, increasingly humanity is losing agency in favour of globally operating technology and media companies, who are building empires based on big data, data mining, and artificial intelligence. Their wealth and power stems from targeted advertising, but increasingly rests on the wealth of data and profiles of individuals which can be packaged and re-packaged to be sold to the highest bidder. The data collected is not just used for advertising, but also for surveillance, differential pricing, influencing elections, targeted misinformation, predicting sentiments in investment markets, and selling the data for managing corporate risk to the detriment of the consumer, particularly in respect of credit and insurance. Likewise, cybercrime uses techniques of profiling and exploitation of the vulnerable. The global data-driven economy is wide-ranging, has many benefits, but equally, high risks.’

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OUP Blog, 24th March 2021

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Online court may need only one procedure rule, says Briggs – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 19th, 2021 in bills, civil procedure rules, internet, judges, news, remote hearings by sally

‘Legislation this year could introduce radically simplified procedure rules for the proposed online civil court, Supreme Court justice Lord Briggs has revealed. Addressing a Cyprus conference on civil procedure rules, Lord Briggs said the online court – whether for civil, family or tribunal cases – might have only one rule: “Do what it says in the electronic form.”’

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Law Society's Gazette, 17th March 2021

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UK social media influencers warned over ad rules breaches – The Guardian

Posted March 19th, 2021 in advertising, complaints, internet, news, ombudsmen, statistics by sally

‘The UK advertising watchdog has warned social media influencers that they face being named and shamed, after a spot check of posts found widespread flouting of advertising rules.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2021

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Land Registry launches Digital Identity Standard for conveyancing process – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 17th, 2021 in conveyancing, internet, land registration, news, standards by sally

‘HM Land Registry has launched its first Digital Identity Standard, which provides a step-by-step list of requirements for conveyancers’ use of digital services to verify their client’s identity securely and conveniently online.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th March 2021

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Sarah Everard: Met Police officer involved in search operation referred to IOPC for sharing ‘inappropriate graphic’ – The Independent

Posted March 16th, 2021 in internet, London, murder, news, police, professional conduct by tracey

‘A Metropolitan Police officer involved in the investigation into Sarah Everard’s disappearance has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) for sharing an “inappropriate graphic” with colleagues.’

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The Independent, 15th March 2021

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‘Revenge porn’ is a misnomer – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Why we should replace ‘revenge porn’ with ‘image based sexual abuse’ and reform the mens rea of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th March 2021

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Government to align online and paper court fees – Litigation Futures

Posted March 10th, 2021 in consultations, courts, fees, internet, Ministry of Justice, news, statistics by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is to press ahead with increasing online court fees in money and possession claims to bring them into line with paper claims in the face of opposition from the legal and credit sectors.’

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Litigation Futures, 9th March 2021

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Bar Council chair rejects challenge from Twitter row barrister – Legal Futures

‘The chair of the Bar Council has dismissed as nonsense the suggestion that it had to publicly support the barrister at the centre of a racism row over his comments on Twitter.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd March 2021

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