Free law pioneer will publish vital precedents free for the first time – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 25th, 2008 in internet, law reports, news, publishing by sally

“A free law publication charity will publish the UK’s 3,000 most important legal decisions freely for the first time by June. The project will involve publishing vital rulings, dating back to the nineteenth century, on which UK common law is based.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th March 2008

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Plea to ban employers trawling Facebook – The Times

Posted March 25th, 2008 in data protection, employment, internet, news, privacy by sally

“A powerful coalition of children’s charities is urging ministers to make it illegal for companies to trawl Facebook and other social networking websites for information on prospective recruits.”

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The Times, 25th March 2008

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Lords share work secrets via blog – BBC News

Posted March 17th, 2008 in internet, news, parliament by sally

“Nine peers are taking part in a blog aimed at publicising the work of the House of Lords.”

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BBC News, 17th March 2008

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Home Office on Phorm: it’s legal if users consent – The Guardian

Posted March 13th, 2008 in advertising, internet, news by sally

“A Home Office official has made public the contents of an internal analysis for the Home Office dealing with the question of whether Phorm’s model for targeted advertising is legal under interception of communications legislation.”

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The Guardian, 12th March 2008

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Third of online shops undermine consumer rights, says OFT – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 12th, 2008 in consumer protection, internet, news by sally

“Nearly a third of retail websites surveyed by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) are breaking laws designed to protect shoppers.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th March 2008

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Privacy watchdog investigates Phorm – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 11th, 2008 in advertising, internet, news, privacy by sally

“Privacy watchdog the Information Commissioner is investigating advertising technology company Phorm over a deal it has cut with the UK’s top internet service providers.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th March 2008

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Civil Service blogger sparks online crackdown – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 10th, 2008 in government departments, internet, news by sally

“The emergence of Civil Service blogger who used the internet to lampoon her employers and cabinet ministers has forced the Government to set out new guidance for its staff covering blogging and online social networks.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th March 2008

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Yahoo! wins sponsored links ruling in High Court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 9th, 2008 in advertising, internet, news, trade marks by sally

“Yahoo! did not infringe a businessman’s rights by displaying adverts for other companies when users entered his trade marks as search terms. The High Court dismissed a lawsuit against the web giant as being ‘totally without merit.'”

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th March 2008

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Widow, 65, humiliated by web page that painted her as a scarlet woman – The Times

Posted March 7th, 2008 in defamation, internet, news by sally

“A woman aged 65 who became the victim of an online smear campaign that she says made her ‘look like a sexual predator’ called yesterday for stricter controls on social networking websites.”

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The Times, 7th March 2008

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Phorm fires privacy row for ISPs – The Guardian

Posted March 6th, 2008 in advertising, internet, news by sally

“Web users are up in arms over what they see as an invasion of privacy by a company that will track surfing patterns to serve targeted ads.”

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The Guardian, 6th March 2008

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Man faces trial over Facebook harassment – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 5th, 2008 in computer crime, harassment, internet, news by sally

“A man will become the first person in the UK to stand trial next month accused of harassing a woman on Facebook.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th March 2008

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Man fined £11,000 for downloading Friends – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 3rd, 2008 in internet, news, telecommunications by sally

“The wife of a city executive cost her husband £11,000 after she downloaded four episodes of the sitcom Friends through his mobile phone while abroad.”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd March 2008

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Private data, public interest? – BBC News

Posted March 3rd, 2008 in data protection, internet, media, news by sally

“The use of material taken from personal profiles on social networks by newspapers is to be the subject of a major consultation undertaken by industry watchdog the Press Complaints Commission (PCC).”

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BBC News, 29th February 2008

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Officer denied promotion over gay Facebook page – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 28th, 2008 in homosexuality, internet, news, police by sally

“A senior police officer has been denied promotion to chief inspector level because he posted personal information about his gay lifestyle on the social networking website Facebook.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th February 2008

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Web tourism fraudsters swindled £12m to go on their own dream holidays – The Times

Posted February 27th, 2008 in fraud, internet, news by sally

“Members of a gang that made millions of pounds from swindling thousands of holidaymakers were convicted yesterday of setting up one of Britain’s biggest tourism scams. The three men and a woman are believed to have made up to £12 million by taking reservations for holidays from at least 8,000 people via the internet and teletext, but never booking them, Southwark Crown Court was told.”

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The Times, 27th February 2008

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MPs get web filter ‘dark ages’ warning – The Guardian

Posted February 27th, 2008 in internet, news by sally

“A Microsoft executive told MPs today that forcing software companies to install internet content filtering technology with high-security settings as standard to all computers would send the UK back to the ‘dark ages’.”

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The Guardian, 26th February 2008

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UK media companies sign up to online content guidelines – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 26th, 2008 in consumer protection, internet, news by sally

“Some of the UK’s biggest media and internet companies have agreed to warn users when they publish material that some might find offensive. A series of guidelines has been brokered which will see online material tagged for suitability.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th February 2008

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Woman cautioned after sailing under Facebook-acquired certificate – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 26th, 2008 in forgery, internet, news by sally

“A woman who hired a yacht using a certificate she downloaded from Facebook has been questioned by police and cautioned under the Fraud Act.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th February 2008

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Filesharing law ‘unworkable’ – The Guardian

Posted February 25th, 2008 in copyright, internet, news by sally

“Any move by the government to introduce legislation that forces the UK’s broadband providers to police the internet by clamping down on illegal sharing of copyrighted music and movies would be technologically unworkable and create a legal minefield, experts have warned.”

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2008

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Burnham targets illegal downloading – The Guardian

Posted February 22nd, 2008 in copyright, internet, news by sally

“The government is to consult on legislation to punish internet service providers if they fail to take action against the illegal downloading of music, films and TV programmes.”

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2008

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