Most organisations are unclear about data storage and transfer arrangements, say privacy watchdogs – OUT-LAW.com

‘Most privacy notices displayed on websites and mobile apps do not explain to consumers the country in which collected personal data is stored, according to a study carried out by data protection authorities based around the world.’

Full Story

OUT-LAW.com, 26th October 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

British couple given lengthy jail terms for child sexual abuse – The Guardian

‘A British couple who abused a child and streamed the assaults live are beginning lengthy jail terms after a fellow paedophile who watched online from the US gave evidence against them.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 27th October 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

New terror laws ‘would criminalise thought’, watchdog warns – BBC News

Posted October 30th, 2017 in criminal justice, human rights, internet, legislation, news, sentencing, terrorism by sally

‘Ministers should not “criminalise thought” with plans to prosecute people who view extremist content online, the UK’s terror watchdog has said.’

Full Story

BBC News, 25th October 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Judge backs University of Sheffield in homosexuality comments row – BBC News

‘A university’s decision to expel a student for posting a comment online saying homosexuality was a sin was lawful, a court has ruled.’

Full Story

BBC News, 27th October 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Competition watchdog probes high-pressure tactics of hotel booking sites – The Guardian

Posted October 27th, 2017 in competition, consumer protection, hotels, internet, news by sally

‘Britain’s competition watchdog is to investigate hotel booking sites over concerns that consumers are being misled, pressured, and prevented from finding the best deals.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 27th October 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Young offenders ‘should have social media monitored’ – BBC News

Posted October 26th, 2017 in crime prevention, internet, news, probation, young persons by sally

‘Young people at risk of being involved in crime should have their social media profiles monitored by youth workers, a probation watchdog report has said.’

Full Story

BBC News, 26th October 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Websites allowing illegal activity ‘complicit in crime’ – BBC News

‘Websites that do not prevent the sale of illegal goods are complicit in cyber-crime, a crime chief has said.’

Full Story

BBC News, 23rd October 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Videolinks in court trials undermine justice system, says report – The Guardian

Posted October 23rd, 2017 in courts, criminal justice, internet, news, reports, video recordings by sally

‘Video-conferencing threatens defendants’ rights and undermines trust in the justice system, according to a report on the government’s drive towards so-called “trial by Skype”.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 23rd October 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Child gambling: remove ‘unacceptable’ online ads, regulators demand – The Guardian

Posted October 23rd, 2017 in advertising, children, gambling, internet, news by sally

‘Regulators have launched a crackdown on child gambling by demanding online gambling sites remove “unacceptable” adverts featuring cartoon characters likely to appeal to children.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 22nd October 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Can Social Media Damage Your Right to a Fair Trial? – RightsInfo

Posted October 18th, 2017 in anonymity, contempt of court, human rights, internet, juries, news by sally

‘An impartial jury is an essential part of our right to a fair trial, and the people may only consider evidence which has been lawfully presented in the courtroom.’

Full Story

RightsInfo, 18th October 2017

Source: rightsinfo.org

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.’

Full Story

OUT-LAW.com, 17th October 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

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.’

Full Story

OUT-LAW.com, 13th October 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

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.’

Full Story

OUT-LAW.com, 12th October 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

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.’

Full Story

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.’

Full press release

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.’

Full Story

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.’

Full Story

Panopticon, 9th October 2017

Source: panopticonblog.com

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.’

Full Story

OUT-LAW.com, 6th October 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

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.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 9th October 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

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.’

Full Story

Daily Telegraph, 9th October 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk