Frances Haugen to testify to MPs about Facebook and online harm – The Guardian

Posted October 25th, 2021 in bills, bullying, duty of care, fines, harassment, internet, news, whistleblowers by tracey

‘The Facebook whistleblower is to give evidence to MPs and peers scrutinising the online safety bill, amid calls for a toughening up of the landmark legislation.’

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The Guardian, 25th October 2021

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Facebook and Instagram remove ‘magician’ who incited murder – BBC News

Posted October 21st, 2021 in incitement, internet, murder, news by sally

‘A self-styled “black magician” has been removed from Facebook and Instagram after a BBC investigation exposed his influence on the killer of two sisters.’

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BBC News, 20th October 2021

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Facebook fined a record £50m by UK competition watchdog – BBC News

Posted October 21st, 2021 in competition, fines, internet, news, takeovers by sally

‘Facebook has been fined £50.5m ($70m) by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which accuses it of deliberately breaking rules.’

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BBC News, 20th October 2021

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BSB signals tougher approach to transparency rules compliance – Legal Futures

Posted October 20th, 2021 in barristers, consumer protection, fees, internet, news, statistics by sally

‘Approaching one in 10 chambers admit failing to comply with the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) service and price transparency rules, with the regulator now set to toughen up its approach to enforcement.’

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Legal Futures, 29th October 2021

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Can Online Safety Bill tackle social media abuse of MPs? – BBC News

‘Following an outpouring of sadness after the murder of Conservative MP Sir David Amess, his colleagues from across the Commons have been raising concerns for their own safety.’

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BBC News, 20th October 2021

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Facebook whistleblower claims checked for breach of UK law – BBC News

Posted October 14th, 2021 in children, internet, mental health, news, privacy, whistleblowers by sally

‘The data-privacy watchdog has written to a Facebook whistleblower, requesting her full evidence to see whether the technology company has broken UK law.’

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BBC News, 13th October 2021

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Financial Remedy Update, October 2021 – Family Law Week

‘Stephanie Hawthorn, associate, and Robert Jackson, trainee solicitor, at Mills & Reeve LLP, consider the important news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during September 2021.’

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Family Law Week, 8th October 2021

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Tinder and Instagram predator jailed for rape and sexual assault – BBC News

Posted October 12th, 2021 in assault, child abuse, internet, news, rape, sentencing, sexual grooming by sally

‘A man who raped and sexually exploited young women and teenage girls he met online has been jailed for seven years.’

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BBC News, 11th October 2021

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School’s failure to monitor internet use contributed to teenage girl’s suicide, coroner rules – The Independent

‘A school’s failure to sufficiently monitor the internet activity of an autistic teenage girl “contributed” to her suicide, a coroner has concluded.’

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The Independent, 7th October 2021

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TikTok and Twitch face fines under new Ofcom rules – BBC News

‘Ofcom has laid out the measures it will require video-sharing platforms to take to better protect users.’

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BBC News, 6th October 2021

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Programme Launched To Fight Digital Inequalities – Each Other

Posted September 28th, 2021 in education, equality, internet, news by sally

‘A new, cross-sector collective of organisations is launching a Digital Inclusion Impact Group to facilitate better access to digital technologies across the UK.’

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Each Other, 27th September 2021

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Will The Online Safety Bill Impact Your Rights? – Each Other

‘The internet is an untamed beast with sparse rules and regulations, so comprehensive moderation – whether desirable or not – seems an impossible task. Nonetheless, it is one with which the UK government is currently attempting to grapple.’

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Each Other, 23rd September 2021

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The online divorce and financial remedy service: How far have we come? And how far can we go? – Family Law

‘From 13 September 2021 it will be mandatory for any divorce petition being issued by a solicitor in England and Wales to be issued via the HMCTS online portal. Paper applications will no longer be permitted. The HMCTS online divorce and financial remedy portal has come a long way since its launch in May 2018 and this is yet another important development for the provision of digital solutions in divorce and financial remedy case.’

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Family Law, 17th September 2021

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Dating site fraud: Rhyl barber jailed for £90,000 con – BBC News

Posted September 17th, 2021 in fraud, imprisonment, internet, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A conman barber has been jailed for 18 months after conning a woman out of £90,000 through a dating website.’

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BBC News, 16th September 2021

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The Online Safety Bill Part 2: Do these proposals go too far, leading to overzealous policing? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 13th, 2021 in bills, freedom of expression, human rights, internet, news, police by tracey

‘This post is the second part of two posts on the draft Online Safety Bill. In my first post, here, I detailed the mechanics of the proposed bill in detail. This post will summarise some of the civil society responses since the publication of the draft bill, attempting an evaluation of how reasonable those responses are in light of the available information.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th September 2021

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Cheshire man sentenced for racist abuse of England players – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A Cheshire man has been sentenced for posting racist abuse about England players on the night of the Euro finals in July.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 8th September 2021

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Are children using the internet or is it using them? – the ICO’s age appropriate design code – Mills & Reeve

Posted September 9th, 2021 in children, codes of practice, data protection, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘UK data privacy regulator, the ICO, has published the final version of its age appropriate design code (the Children’s code). This will already be familiar to those providing content intended for children, with refinement of the drafting following consultation with industry and users in 2019. But it reaches further than you might imagine, and it will be important for many organisations to assess and implement compliance in the 12 month transition period allowed for compliance.’

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Mills & Reeve, 8th September 2021

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Web cookies rules could be set for shake-up – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 8th, 2021 in brexit, data protection, government departments, internet, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘Rules requiring cookie consent pop-ups on websites could be in for a shake-up following a move by the data watchdog which is likely to feature in government plans to reform data protection laws.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 7th September 2021

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Former CPS solicitor rebuked for offensive Facebook posts – Legal Futures

‘ A solicitor who shared a petition from far-right group Britain First on her Facebook page while working for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been rebuked by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).’

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Legal Futures, 7th September 2021

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British mother sexually abused her children and urinated in their drinks, court hears – The Independent

‘A British mum who sexually abused her children and even urinated in their drinks was caught by the FBI, a court heard.’

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The Independent, 6th September 2021

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