Council fined £150k for publishing sensitive data in online planning documents – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 1st, 2017 in data protection, fines, gipsies, internet, local government, news, planning, privacy by sally

‘Basildon Borough Council has been fined £150,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for publishing sensitive personal information about a family in planning application documents that were made publicly available online.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st May 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Defamation cases slump to nine-year low – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 30th, 2017 in defamation, internet, legislation, news, statistics by sally

‘The number of reported defamation cases in the UK is at the lowest level since 2008/9, partly due to the Defamation Act 2013, according to research published today.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 30th May 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Publishers call for rethink of proposed changes to online privacy laws – The Guardian

Posted May 30th, 2017 in advertising, internet, news, privacy, publishing by sally

‘An alliance of news publishers has called on European regulators to rethink proposed changes to online privacy laws, arguing that they will potentially kill their digital businesses and give Google, Apple and Facebook too much control of advertising and personal data.’

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The Guardian, 29th May 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Paedophiles can be banned from using Snapchat, judge rules – Daily Telegraph

‘Paedophiles can be banned from using Snapchat because the app deletes images, a judge has ruled in a landmark case.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th May 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

New payday loan regulations come into force – BBC News

Posted May 26th, 2017 in advertising, internet, loans, news by tracey

‘New payday loan regulations come into force on Friday, requiring all online lenders to advertise on at least one price comparison website.’

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BBC News, 26th May 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Former Solihull nursery worker jailed for sex offences against 18 boys – The Guardian

‘A former nursery worker who blackmailed and raped a teenage boy has been jailed for 16 years for what a judge called “a disturbing catalogue of sexual corruption and deviancy”.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Paedophile Ivor Gifford, 92, guilty of grooming girls – BBC News

Posted May 19th, 2017 in internet, news, sexual grooming by tracey

‘A 92-year-old man has been found guilty of using a chatroom to incite what he believed were 11 and 12-year-old girls to engage in sexual activity.’

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BBC News, 18th June 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Inquiry launched into targeting of UK voters through social media – The Guardian

Posted May 18th, 2017 in advertising, elections, inquiries, internet, news, political parties by tracey

‘The information commissioner has launched an investigation into the way UK political parties target voters through social media with a warning that if they send political messages to people based on their individual data, they could be breaking the law.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th May 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

BT faces new fine over Openreach delays – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 18th, 2017 in delay, fines, internet, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘BT faces another fine for service failures in its Openreach business, after customers for high speed ethernet lines suffered delays of more than six months.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th May 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

How outdated election rules let parties ‘buy’ marginal seats using Facebook – The Independent

Posted May 16th, 2017 in advertising, elections, expenses, internet, news by sally

‘Election rules are failing to keep pace with rapid changes in technology, allowing political parties to spend millions of pounds on locally targeted Facebook adverts with national campaign funds, experts have warned.’

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The Independent, 15th May 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

How in-flight Wi-Fi works – 4 KBW

Posted May 15th, 2017 in aircraft, internet, news, satellites, telecommunications by sally

‘We’ve all had the same problem: you walk too far away from your Wi-Fi router and, all of a sudden, your Wi-Fi stops working. We all know that it’s simply because the router’s signal isn’t strong enough to reach you that extra few feet away. There is sadly a limit on the strength of Wi-Fi connectivity. But, if Wi-Fi is so dependent upon your proximity to a router, doesn’t it seem strange that Wi-Fi can work in an aeroplane, 35,000 feet above the ground?’

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4 KBW, 28th May 2017

Source: www.4kbw.net

Facebook users will be given new legal right to delete all posts they made as teenagers, Tories announce – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 15th, 2017 in employment, fines, internet, legislation, news, young persons by sally

‘Facebook users will be given a new legal right to wipe clean all photos, messages and information that they put online before turning 18 under a new manifesto pledge announced by Theresa May.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th May 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Just Eat faces competition inquiry over Hungryhouse takeover – The Guardian

Posted May 10th, 2017 in competition, food, internet, news, takeovers by sally

‘Just Eat’s proposed takeover of Hungryhouse is facing an in-depth investigation by the competition watchdog over fears restaurants could end up with a worse deal.’

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The Guardian, 10th May 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Abuse victims ‘failed by police and courts over online harassment’ – The Guardian

‘Police and court action, including the imposition of restraining orders, is failing to prevent domestic abusers and stalkers from carrying on their campaigns of harassment and abuse against their victims online, a unique survey of victims has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 8th May 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Digital Economy Bill made law – Panopticon

Posted May 4th, 2017 in advertising, bills, internet, news, pornography, privacy by sally

‘What with all the kerfuffle over Brexit negotiations and the impending snap general election, you could perhaps be forgiven for failing to notice that the Government had rushed the Digital Economy Bill through Parliament in last week’s “wash up” before the dissolution of Parliament.’

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Panopticon, 3rd May 2017

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

Cyber jihadi with James Bond-style USB cufflinks jailed for eight years over online terror hub – The Independent

Posted May 3rd, 2017 in internet, news, proscribed organisations, sentencing, terrorism by tracey

‘A cyber jihadi who hid his support for Isis on a James Bond-style cufflink as he created an online hub of information for terrorists all over the world has been jailed for eight years.’

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The Independent, 2nd May 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Social media giants ‘shamefully far’ from tackling illegal content – BBC News

Posted May 2nd, 2017 in child abuse, internet, news, pornography, reports, select committees, terrorism by sally

‘Social media firms are “shamefully far” from tackling illegal and dangerous content, says a parliamentary report.’

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BBC News, 1st May 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government ‘blocked’ from accessing Twitter data to help spot terrorist plots – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 26th, 2017 in internet, investigatory powers, news, privacy, terrorism by sally

‘Twitter has blocked the Government from accessing data on potential terrorist threats in a move that ministers fear will make the country less safe, industry sources have told The Telegraph.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th April 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Henry Pearce: Some Thoughts on the Encryption Regulatory Debate – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Debates about the regulation of encryption technologies and surveillance have been around for decades. It is in unfortunate circumstances that these debates have now been thrust back into the public eye. Following the horrifying Westminster attack which occurred on 22nd March 2017 Amber Rudd, the UK’s Home Secretary, has been very vocal in suggesting that in order for the police and security services to be able to effectively investigate and prevent future terrorist acts they must be given access to over-the-top messaging services that utilise end-to-end encryption, such as WhatsApp. (End-to-end encryption services can generally be described as those which allows for conversations to be read only by the sender and recipient of individual messages, meaning that such messages cannot be intercepted and read by a third party.) Her comments appeared to have been driven by the fact that Khalid Masood, the perpetrator of the attack, had used WhatsApp shortly before commencing his appalling actions. In particular, Rudd has claimed it is “unacceptable” that governmental agencies were unable to read messages protected by WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption, and in an interview given to the BBC on Sunday 26th March, intimated that she would consider pursuing the enactment of new legislation which would require the providers of encrypted messaging services to grant access to the UK intelligence agencies. This sentiment has since broadly been endorsed by the UK government.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 25th April 2017

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org

Baroness Shields’ speech at the National Security Agency – Home Offcie

Posted April 24th, 2017 in intelligence services, internet, news, parliament, sex discrimination, women by tracey

‘Delivered to the fifth Annual Intelligence Community (IC) Women’s Summit.’

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Home Office, 21st April 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office