New law banning cyberflashing to be included in online safety bill – The Guardian

Posted March 14th, 2022 in bills, criminal justice, internet, news, sexual offences, voyeurism by tracey

‘Cyberflashing is to become a criminal offence, with perpetrators facing up to two years in jail under government plans to strengthen the upcoming online safety bill.’

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The Guardian, 13th March 2022

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TikTok: lawyers ‘unwisely’ waited until last minute – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The High Court has dealt a blow to the claimant in a high-profile privacy claim against social media platform TikTok after refusing an extension of time for service.
In SMO (A Child) v Tiktok Inc & Ors Mr Justice Nicklin said that the “inescapable reality” of why the claimant needed an extension was that she had waited until the last minute to meet key deadlines.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 9th March 2022

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Just over half of judicial review judgments are available to the public on Bailii: report – Local Government Lawyer

‘Of the 5,408 unique judgments given by the Administrative Court from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2020, only 55% (3,001) are available to the public on BAILII, research has suggested.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th March 2022

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Internet scams to be included in UK online safety bill – The Guardian

‘Measures to protect people from internet scams will now be included in proposed online safety laws, the government has said.’

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The Guardian, 8th March 2022

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Daniel Hoadley, Joe Tomlinson, Editha Nemsic and Cassandra Somers-Joce: How public is public law? Approximately 55% – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted February 28th, 2022 in constitutional law, internet, judgments, judicial review, news, statistics by sally

‘Judicial review judgments possess multi-layered value. For the parties to a case, they are an authoritative record of the outcome of a legal dispute, providing reasons for that outcome. For lawyers and judges, they support the provision of advice about the law and become legal authorities that can be used to argue and resolve future disputes. As a part of the wider constitutional system, they bring a degree of transparency to the judicial process. For researchers, they form part of the primary materials that can be subjected to different methodologies that seek to advance the understanding and analysis of public law in the courts.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 25th February 2022

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TikTok Has Banned Misgendering And Deadnaming – Each Other

Posted February 23rd, 2022 in equality, gender, human rights, internet, names, news, transgender persons by sally

‘TikTok has announced that it has updated its community guidelines to protect human rights by banning misgendering and deadnaming – referring to someone by a previous name.’

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Each Other, 22nd February 2022

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‘Sex for rent’ ads to be banned in Online Safety Bill – BBC News

Posted February 21st, 2022 in advertising, bills, housing, internet, landlord & tenant, news, sexual offences by sally

‘Social media firms who allow “sex for rent” adverts will face prosecution under planned new laws.’

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BBC News, 18th February 2022

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Government accepts Law Commission’s recommendations to reform the communications offences – Law Commission

‘The Government has accepted the Law Commission’s recommendations to reform the communications offences, made in the 2021 Modernising Communications Offences report. It intends to include the offences in the Online Safety Bill.’

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Law Commission, 7th February 2022

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Competition watchdog accepts Google’s privacy changes – The Independent

‘The competition watchdog has accepted proposed changes made by Google to the way it uses customer data.’

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The Independent, 11th February 2022

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Hampshire Tinder fraudster jailed after conning woman out of £150,000 – The Guardian

Posted February 11th, 2022 in forgery, fraud, imprisonment, internet, news, perjury, sentencing by sally

‘A “charming” fraudster who conned a millionaire he met on Tinder into handing him almost £150,000 has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.’

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The Guardian, 10th February 2022

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Porn sites will be legally required to verify users’ age – BBC News

Posted February 8th, 2022 in children, consumer protection, internet, news, pornography by sally

‘Porn websites in the UK will be legally required to verify the age of their users under new internet safety laws.’

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BBC News, 8th February 2022

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Online safety law to be strengthened to stamp out illegal content – Home Office

‘Online Safety Bill strengthened with new list of criminal content for tech firms to remove as a priority.’

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Home Office, 4th February 2022

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Would Removing Social Media Anonymity Protect Or Threaten Our Rights? – Each Other

‘As online abuse and disinformation become more commonplace, the debate over whether anonymity on social media protects people from harm or restricts their rights is heating up.’

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Each Other, 3rd February 2022

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Case Comment: Lloyd v Google LLC [2021] UKSC 50 – UKSC Blog

‘In this post, Kenny Henderson and Alex Askew of CMS comment on the Supreme Court’s decision in Lloyd v Google LLC [2021] UKSC 50, which concerned whether a representative data protection action seeking damages for loss of control of personal data could be brought on behalf of large numbers of unidentifiable class members.’

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UKSC Blog, 31st January 2022

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Is “Perception-Based Recording” for hate crime compatible with freedom of speech? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In R (Harry Miller) v The College of Policing [2021] EWCA Civ 1926, the Court of Appeal ruled that current police guidance on the recording of ‘hate incidents’ unlawfully interferes with the right to freedom of expression. The decision overturns a 2020 ruling by the High Court in which Mr Miller’s challenge to the lawfulness of the Hate Crime Operational Guidance was dismissed (discussed previously on this Blog here).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th January 2022

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Research briefing: Reaction to the Draft Online Safety Bill: A reading list – House of Commons Library

Posted January 28th, 2022 in bills, children, government departments, internet, news, parliament by tracey

‘This Library Briefing provides a selection of comment on the draft Online Safety Bill.’

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House of Commons Library, 26th January 2022

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UK watchdog to study music streaming amid claims of raw deal for artists and fans – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2022 in artistic works, competition, internet, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘The UK’s competition watchdog has launched an in-depth study into the booming music streaming market, to assess whether the big record labels and services such as Spotify hold “excessive power”, and whether artists and fans are getting a fair deal.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2022

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Matthew Hardy: Stalker jailed for harassing women on Instagram – BBC News

Posted January 27th, 2022 in harassment, internet, news, sentencing, stalking by sally

‘A stalker who harassed women online by creating fake social media accounts to spread lies about them has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 26th January 2022

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Research Briefing: The Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill 2021-22 – House of Commons Library

Posted January 26th, 2022 in bills, government departments, internet, news, parliament, telecommunications by tracey

‘This briefing explains the background and main provisions of the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill 2021-22.’

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House of Commons Library, 24th January 2022

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End-to-end encryption protects children, says UK information watchdog – The Guardian

Posted January 21st, 2022 in children, data protection, delay, internet, news, ombudsmen, privacy, telecommunications by sally

‘The UK data watchdog has intervened in the debate over end-to-end encryption, warning that delaying its introduction puts “everyone at risk” including children.’

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The Guardian, 21st January 2022

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