Court to hear challenge to GCHQ bulk hacking of phones and computers – The Guardian

‘A challenge to GCHQ’s use of non-specific warrants to authorise the bulk hacking of smartphones, computers and networks in the UK is starting at the court of appeal.
The case, brought by the campaign group Privacy International (PI), is the latest twist in a protracted battle about both the legality of bulk surveillance and the primacy of civil courts over an intelligence tribunal that operates partly in secret.’

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The Guardian, 5th October 2017

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Law tightened to target terrorists’ use of the internet –

Posted October 4th, 2017 in internet, news, sentencing, terrorism by sally

‘Counter-terrorism laws are to be updated to make sure those who repeatedly view terrorist content online face up to 15 years in jail.’

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Home Office, 3rd October 2017

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Woman who stole baby photos from Instagram is banned from social media – Daily Telegraph

‘A woman who copied photos of babies from other people’s Instagram accounts, posted them as her own and claimed they were sick or dead in a bid to get money has been banned from using social media for two years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd October 2017

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Longer jail terms for viewing terror content online – BBC News

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in internet, news, sentencing, terrorism by sally

‘People who repeatedly view terrorist content online will face up to 15 years in prison, the home secretary is to tell the Conservative Party conference.’

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BBC News, 3rd October 2017

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Flasher conviction quashed because Facebook village gossip undermined fair trial – Daily Telegraph

‘A loner accused of chasing two women through a village while exposing himself has had his conviction quashed because residents had shared his image and gossiped about him on Facebook.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th September 2017

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British courts may unlock secrets of how Trump campaign profiled US voters – The Guardian

Posted October 2nd, 2017 in data protection, foreign jurisdictions, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘Legal mechanism may help academic expose how Big Data firms like Cambridge Analytica and Facebook get their information.’

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The Guardian, 1st October 2017

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Press watchdog’s future in doubt after chief’s anti-Mail tweets – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2017 in internet, judicial review, media, news, professional conduct, publishing, reports, standards by sally

‘The future of the only government-approved press watchdog, Impress, is in doubt after an internal report concluded that its chief executive had brought the organisation into disrepute and that his position would be untenable if the Daily Mail and the Sun had applied to join.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2017

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Bar Council launches Wellbeing at the Bar: Phase Two – The Bar Council

Posted September 27th, 2017 in barristers, internet, mental health, press releases by tracey

‘To mark the first anniversary of the Wellbeing at the Bar website, the Bar Council will introduce a Certificate of Recognition to recognise efforts made to promote wellbeing across the Bar. In line with the theme of One Bar at this year’s Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference, everyone – including chambers, Specialist Bar Associations, Circuits, Inns and organisations that employ barristers – will be able to apply. The Certificate will act as a beacon of good wellbeing practice at the Bar for those who receive it.’

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Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Charity commission and fundraising websites plan crackdown on fraudulent donation pages – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 27th, 2017 in charities, Charity Commission, fraud, internet, news by tracey

‘Charity regulators are cracking down on fundrasing scammers after concerns that fraudsters had used tragedies such as Grenfell Tower and terror attacks to dupe donors.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th September 2017

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Uber appeals over tribunal ruling giving drivers benefits – BBC News

Posted September 27th, 2017 in appeals, employment, holiday pay, internet, news, self-employment, statutory sick pay, taxis by tracey

‘An appeal by Uber against a ruling that its drivers are entitled to benefits such as holiday pay is due to be heard at an Employment Appeals Tribunal.’

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BBC News, 27th September 2017

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Drug dealer using dark web to sell fentanyl jailed for over 13 years – The Guardian

Posted September 26th, 2017 in conspiracy, drug trafficking, internet, news, sentencing by sally

‘A drug dealer who sold substances including the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl on the dark web has been jailed for more than 13 years.’

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The Guardian, 25th September 2017

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Killer Aidan McAteer’s sentence increased over social media use – BBC News

Posted September 22nd, 2017 in appeals, dangerous driving, homicide, internet, news, sentencing, telecommunications by sally

‘A hit-and-run killer has had his jail term increased after he put posts on social media from inside prison.’

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BBC News, 21st September 2017

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Slough man jailed for spreading Isis propaganda – The Guardian

‘A friend of the ringleader of the London Bridge terror attack has been jailed for four and a half years after making Isis propaganda videos outside Windsor Castle.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2017

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Facebook and Twitter trolls could be banned from voting to stop them abusing politicians – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 20th, 2017 in elections, harassment, internet, news by sally

‘Social media trolls could be banned from voting under tough new measures outlined by the elections watchdog to crackdown on the abuse of politicians.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th September 2017

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I should not have posted photos of dead Grenfell victim on Facebook, jailed man admits – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 19th, 2017 in internet, news, photography, psychiatric damage, sentencing by tracey

‘A man who posted pictures of the body a victim of the Grenfell fire on Facebook has said he was “traumatised” at the time and regrets his actions. Omega Mwaikambo, 43, was jailed for three months for sharing the images and expressed his shock at receiving such a long sentence.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th September 2017

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The Data Protection Bill: some initial observations – Panopticon

Posted September 18th, 2017 in bills, consent, data protection, EC law, internet, legal language, news, penalties by tracey

‘Parliament on Thursday 14 September. But to digest it in full, one needs time, commitment, and coffee. It is not a straightforward read. It seeks to implement the GDPR in full and in Brexit-proof fashion, to plug the gaps that the GDPR requires member states to fill, and also to apply a GDPR-like regime to areas of data processing that are not covered by the GDPR itself. The Bill is of course liable to change in the coming months, but here are some observations and highlights in the meantime.’

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Panopitcon, 18th September 2017

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Police ‘may work with paedophile hunters’ – BBC News

‘Police have admitted they may have to work with “paedophile hunters” after research revealed a rise in their evidence being used in court. Figures obtained by the BBC show 11% of court cases in 2014 for the crime of meeting a child following sexual grooming used vigilante evidence, rising to 44% in 2016.’

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BBC News, 18th September 2017

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‘Trial by social media’ to be examined as Attorney General says justice must join the ‘modern world’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 15th, 2017 in contempt of court, internet, juries, news by tracey

‘The justice system must “catch up with the modern world”, the Attorney General has said, as he signalled that contempt of court laws could change to cope with the social media age.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th September 2017

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The Impact of Social Media on the Administration of Justice – Official Publications

Posted September 15th, 2017 in contempt of court, internet, press releases by tracey

‘This call for evidence is aimed at those most closely involved in the investigative and trial process to inform an assessment of whether the use of social media is having an adverse impact on the administration of justice in relation to the fairness of criminal trials, the right to anonymity and the integrity of judicial orders in criminal proceedings.’

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Official Publications, 15th September 2017

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Predatory paedophile has his sentence increased by 3 years – Attorney General’s Office

‘Abingdon man who used fake online profiles to abuse children has his sentence increased by the Court of Appeal.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 12th September 2017

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