Prisons and Courts Bill to improve access to justice and better protect the vulnerable – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 21st, 2017 in bills, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, internet, news, prisons by tracey

‘Plans to revolutionise the courts to make them more straightforward and efficient, and deliver swifter justice for victims.’

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Ministry of Justice, 20th March 2017

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

Quality must trump convenience in online justice reforms – The Bar Council

Posted March 21st, 2017 in barristers, bills, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, internet, press releases by tracey

‘As the Government presses ahead with plans for online and virtual hearings, the Bar Council has warned that the quality and the reputation of our system of justice must not suffer.’

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The Bar Council, 20th March 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Local authority alert sees family barrister fined over data security failings – Local Government Lawyer

‘A senior family law and Court of Protection barrister has been fined £1,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office for failing to keep clients’ sensitive personal information secure.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th March 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

News focus: ‘Virtual justice’ and the IT panacea – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Just over six years ago, a taxpayer funded independent study of a pilot “virtual court” concluded that: “A rollout based on the pilot’s performance and parameters is likely to cost more money than it saves. A break-even scenario may be achieved, but this is still likely to be a challenge.” ‘

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th March 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Litigant in person network goes live to co-ordinate support for access to justice – Litigation Futures

Posted March 17th, 2017 in internet, litigants in person, news by tracey

‘The Litigant in Person Network – an online platform which aims to connect a wide range of people with a common goal of improving access to justice – has gone live this week.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th March 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Justice reformer condemns digital criminal courts plan – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Government plans for virtual court hearings and online guilty pleas for criminal offences are poorly costed, based on weak evidence and have not been subjected to proper consultation, a national justice charity says today.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 15th March 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Social media firms accused of ‘commercial prostitution’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 15th, 2017 in hate crime, internet, news, select committees by tracey

‘Social media companies have been accused of “commercial prostitution” and having “no shame” after being grilled by MPs over their failure to take down abusive content.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th March 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

UK medicines regulator says it is ‘completely impossible’ to control illegal online pharmacies – The Independent

Posted March 13th, 2017 in health, internet, licensing, medicines, news, pharmacists by sally

‘It is “completely impossible” to control the vast numbers of unlicensed pharmacies illegally selling drugs online, the British medical regulatory agency has warned.’

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The Independent, 12th March 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Magistrate disciplined after Facebook comments on case he oversaw – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 13th, 2017 in internet, magistrates, news, professional conduct by sally

‘A magistrate has been reprimanded after posting a Facebook message about a court case he had overseen.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th March 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Ticket touts face unlimited fines for using ‘bots’ to buy in bulk – The Guardian

‘Touts who use computer software to harvest concert tickets in bulk and resell them at vast mark-ups face unlimited fines as part of a crackdown on highly profitable resale sites such as Viagogo, StubHub and GetMeIn.’

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The Guardian, 10th March 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Jack Monroe wins Twitter libel case against Katie Hopkins – The Guardian

Posted March 13th, 2017 in costs, damages, defamation, internet, news by sally

‘The writer and food blogger Jack Monroe has won a libel action against the Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins and been awarded £24,000 damages, in a row over tweets suggesting Monroe approved of defacing a war memorial during an anti-austerity demonstration in Whitehall.’

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The Guardian, 10th March 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

We need to rethink adoption in the social media age, says senior judge – The Guardian

Posted March 10th, 2017 in adoption, domestic violence, internet, news by sally

‘Too many children are being forcibly adopted against the wishes of their families and prevented from having any contact with their natural parents, a senior judge has suggested.’

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The Guardian, 9th March 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Black Friday’ promotion breached advertising rules, says watchdog – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 9th, 2017 in advertising, consumer protection, internet, news, sale of goods by sally

‘A short-term promotion for the sale of Apple Watch devices at a discounted price breached UK advertising rules because the promotion was not fair and resulted in “unnecessary disappointment” for consumers, the UK’s advertising watchdog has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th March 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Fake news inquiry to review social networks’ complaints procedures – The Guardian

‘A parliamentary inquiry into fake news is to consider legislation forcing social networks to improve the way they handle complaints after Facebook’s failure to remove sexualised images of children.’

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The Guardian, 8th March 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Facebook ‘failed to remove sexualised images of children’ – BBC News

Posted March 7th, 2017 in BBC, complaints, indecent photographs of children, internet, news by tracey

‘Facebook has been criticised for its handling of reports about sexualised images of children on its platform. The chairman of the Commons media committee, Damian Collins, said he had “grave doubts” about the effectiveness of its content moderation systems.’

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BBC News, 7th March 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

RAF serviceman who said joining military meant ‘killing blacks’ is jailed after colleague reports Facebook post – Daily Telegraph

‘A serviceman who urged people to join the military as “you get to kill” black people “without going to prison” has been jailed after a colleague refused to work with him.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th March 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

New guidance on incident reporting under EU cybersecurity laws issued for digital service providers – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 6th, 2017 in confidentiality, data protection, EC law, internet, news, notification by sally

‘Digital service providers (DSPs) will not be obliged to report certain data breaches they experience under new EU cybersecurity laws, according to new guidance issued by the EU’s main cybersecurity body.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd March 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

UK Digital Strategy – will it fill the skills gap? – Technology Law Update

‘The UK’s newly released Digital Strategy builds on the wider Industrial Strategy Green Paper published in January. While it outlines a promising series of initiatives to support digital industries, it fails to offer much positive news for those faced with a post-Brexit hiring crisis.’

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Technology Law Update, 2nd March 2017

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

The Front Page in the Digital Age: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies publishes report on protecting journalists’ sources – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 3rd, 2017 in confidentiality, internet, media, reports, whistleblowers by tracey

‘A study raising concerns about journalists’ ability to protect sources and whistleblowers was launched in the House of Lords last Wednesday.’

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Uk Human Rights Blog, 3rd March 2017

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

CQC warns online doctor services may pose risk to public – The Guardian

Posted March 3rd, 2017 in consumer protection, doctors, internet, news by tracey

‘Patients could be at risk from online companies offering doctors’ services, the Care Quality Commission has said.’

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk