Leicester disorder: Second man sentenced cites social media influence – BBC News

‘A man sentenced for carrying a knife at a protest in Leicester at the weekend said he was influenced by social media.’

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BBC News, 20th September 2022

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Molly Russell inquest delayed to ensure social media posts handled ‘sensitively’ – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2022 in bereavement, children, coroners, delay, families, inquests, internet, mental health, news, suicide by sally

‘The inquest into the death of 14-year-old Molly Russell was delayed by legal discussions on Tuesday as the coroner raised concerns about protecting people whose social media posts appear at the hearing.’

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The Guardian, 20th September 2022

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Online platforms face likely Digital Services Act disclosure deadline of February 2023 OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 20th, 2022 in disclosure, EC law, electronic commerce, internet, news, regulations, time limits by tracey

‘Online platform providers are set to face new legal duties to disclose details on user engagement with their services in the EU, with an initial deadline to report such information by the middle of February next year likely to apply, according to analysis undertaken by Out-Law.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th September 2022

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Molly Russell’s inquest to put focus on big tech – BBC News

Posted September 20th, 2022 in inquests, internet, mental health, news, suicide, young persons by tracey

‘Almost five years after she took her own life, the inquest into the death of teenager Molly Russell is due to begin.’

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BBC News, 20th September 2022

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Alex Belfield: Former BBC presenter jailed for stalking – BBC News

Posted September 16th, 2022 in BBC, harassment, imprisonment, internet, news, sentencing, stalking, victims by tracey

‘A former BBC radio presenter found guilty of stalking four people including broadcaster Jeremy Vine has been jailed for five and a half years.’

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BBC News, 16th September 2022

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Man pleads guilty to murder of Canadian teenager in Essex – The Guardian

Posted September 8th, 2022 in guilty pleas, internet, murder, news by sally

‘A man has admitted killing a Canadian teenager he had met on a dating app.’

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The Guardian, 7th September 2022

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Upper Tribunal requires council to secure EHCP for student who is hypersensitive to Wi-Fi signals – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Upper Tribunal has ruled that a council must secure special educational provision for a child who has electromagnetic hypersensitivity and is particularly sensitive to Wi-Fi signals.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th August 2022

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Reading man fined over racist Euro 2020 Facebook post – BBC News

Posted August 16th, 2022 in fines, internet, news, racism, suspended sentences by sally

‘A man who created a racist Facebook post about the England footballers who missed penalties at Euro 2020 has been given a suspended prison sentence.’

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BBC News, 15th August 2022

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Online Safety Bill is not fit for purpose, say IT experts – The Independent

Posted August 12th, 2022 in bills, freedom of expression, government departments, internet, news by tracey

‘A survey of industry professionals has found many are uncertain if the proposed internet safety laws are workable in their current form.’

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The Independent, 12th August 2022

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Warwickshire Police told to improve child protection services Published 2 hours ago – BBC News

Posted August 5th, 2022 in child abuse, children, internet, news, police, sexual offences, statistics by tracey

‘A police force has been told to improve its child protection services after inspectors found a third of cases were dealt with inadequately.’

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BBC News, 5th August 2022

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Vardy 0 – 1 Rooney: Wagatha Christie solved at last – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 2nd, 2022 in defamation, internet, news, public interest by tracey

‘The case was a game of two other halves – Coleen Rooney, wife of Wayne, and Rebekah Vardy, wife of Jamie. Steyn J’s judgment left Rooney and her legal team punching the air and dousing themselves in champagne whilst Vardy cradled herself at the side of the pitch, reflecting on the moment she stepped up to take the stand, a moment that will give her nightmares for years. To be clear – I am speaking metaphorically, that didn’t actually happen. If there is one thing reading this judgment has taught me, it is not to make assumptions about whether you are going to be sued for libel, as some people have a really surprising take on the wisdom of doing that.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st August 2022

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“Trial by internet” – Judges turn to Wikipedia to aid reasoning – Legal Futures

Posted July 29th, 2022 in internet, judges, news by sally

‘Judges are using Wikipedia to research legal issues and allowing it to influence their reasoning, ground-breaking research has discovered.’

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Legal Futures, 28th July 2022

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BSB launches a consultation on the regulation of non-professional conduct and on proposed new Social Media Guidance and publishes interim Social Media Guidance – Bar Standards Board

Posted July 22nd, 2022 in barristers, consultations, internet, news, professional conduct by tracey

‘The BSB is today launching a three-month public consultation on the regulator’s proposed approach to the regulation of non-professional conduct and on barristers’ use of social media. Simultaneously, interim Social Media Guidance has been published, which will be updated following the consultation. The consultation documents and interim Social Media Guidance were both developed with input from a stakeholder reference group consisting of external experts (including practising barristers) and BSB Board members.’

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Bar Standards Board, 21st July 2022

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UK cybersecurity chiefs back plan to scan phones for child abuse images – The Guardian

‘Tech companies should move ahead with controversial technology that scans for child abuse imagery on users’ phones, the technical heads of GCHQ and the UK’s National Cybersecurity Centre have said. So-called “client-side scanning” would involve service providers such as Facebook or Apple building software that monitors communications for suspicious activity without needing to share the contents of messages with a centralised server.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2022

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UK Data Protection and Digital Information Bill: in detail – OUT-LAW.com

‘New data protection laws proposed by the UK government are intended to promote data-driven innovation and reduce some of the burdens organisations have come to associate with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th July 2022

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Tech platforms face UK ban on blocking news providers before appeal – The Guardian

Posted July 8th, 2022 in appeals, bills, freedom of expression, internet, media, news by sally

‘Tech platforms will be barred from taking down news content in the UK until an appeal has been heard against the decision, ministers have said.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2022

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Online Safety Bill: first indications of Ofcom’s regulatory approach – Panopticon

Posted July 7th, 2022 in bills, consultations, consumer protection, internet, news by sally

‘Ofcom has today published its “roadmap to regulation” if and when the Online Safety Bill becomes law, together with a “call for evidence” for the first phase of online safety regulation. Both are premised on the current version of the Online Safety Bill, which is acknowledged to be subject to alteration as the legislation goes through the Parliamentary process.’

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Panopticon, 6th July 2022

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Criminal reforms target ‘deepfake’ and nonconsensual pornographic imagery – The Guardian

‘Secretly videoing or taking photographs of people under their clothes or sharing “deepfake” pornography without consent could lead to prison sentences of up to three years, under recommendations by the Law Commission of England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2022

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Warning of ‘tsunami of online child abuse’ as figures show grooming cases rise – The Independent

‘A “tsunami” of online child abuse is taking place in the UK, the NSPCC has said as it published data showing a more than 80% rise in online grooming crimes being recorded by police over the last four years.’

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The Independent, 5th July 2022

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Legislation aims to shield UK internet users from state-backed disinformation – The Guardian

‘Tech firms will be required to shield internet users from state-sponsored disinformation posing a threat to UK society and democracy, under changes to a landmark online safety bill.’

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The Guardian, 4th July 2022

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