Facebook pays teen undisclosed damages over naked photograph in first case of its kind – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 12th, 2018 in compensation, data protection, internet, misuse of private information, news by tracey

‘Facebook has settled a landmark legal action over a naked photograph of a 14-year-old girl posted on a “shame” page. The social media giant agreed to pay undisclosed damages to the teenager after failing in its attempt to get the action thrown out of court.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th January 2018

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Divorce in the era of cryptocurrency: Bitcoin and non-disclosure – Family Law

Posted January 11th, 2018 in disclosure, divorce, fees, internet, news by tracey

‘Bitcoin is a form of digital currency developed in 2009. It is created and held electronically in a decentralized system meaning that no one and no government controls it. Bitcoins aren’t printed but are ‘mined’ by both people and businesses using software that solves complex mathematical problems. Prone to volatility, Bitcoin hit the news last month after it reached an all-time high then dropped in value by almost 20% in a time period of only 90 minutes. Despite its erratic nature, the interest and investment in Bitcoin is rapidly growing and with more people holding Bitcoin, it is likely to be a far more common asset in divorce proceedings. Further, the extra privacy given to Bitcoin holders, as opposed to those who hold money in a bank, has led to many discussions on whether it will be the case that non-disclosers in divorce proceedings will increasingly try to hide assets through Bitcoin.’

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Family Law, 11th January 2018

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Data protection bill amended to protect security researchers – The Guardian

Posted January 10th, 2018 in anonymity, bills, data protection, internet, news by sally

‘The government is to amend the data protection bill to protect security researchers who work to uncover abuses of personal data, quelling fears that the bill could accidentally criminalise legitimate research.’

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The Guardian, 9th January 2018

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Watching porn at work – what are the legal consequences? – The Guardian

‘In a four month period in 2017, there were 24,000 attempts to access pornographic websites in the Houses of Parliament. Westminster may be a special case, but should it be a sackable offence in regular offices?’

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The Guardian, 8th January 2018

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MoJ spending huge sums on consultants to help deliver digital courts – The Guardian

Posted January 4th, 2018 in contracting out, courts, internet, judiciary, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice is spending tens of millions of pounds on management consultants to help deliver online and digital court programmes that are designed to save money and improve access to justice.’

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The Guardian, 2nd January 2018

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Police made ‘appalling’ errors in using internet data to target suspects – The Guardian

Posted December 21st, 2017 in data protection, internet, mistake, news, police, privacy, reports, sexual offences, warrants by tracey

‘Police have made serious errors getting search warrants for suspected sex offenders, leading to the targeting of innocent people and children being wrongly separated from their parents, an official report has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 20th December 2017

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FCA refuses to close the door to ‘permissionless’ blockchain networks and steps up scrutiny of ICOs – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 20th, 2017 in financial regulation, internet, news by sally

‘Financial services firms that wish to set up “permissionless” blockchain networks will not automatically be engaged in outsourcing and be in breach of Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) rules, the regulator has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th December 2017

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Being a sex worker does not mean you can’t have a private life, says judge as he grants escort an injunction – Daily Telegraph

‘Being a sex worker does not disqualify you from having a private life, a judge has said, as he granted an injunction to an escort who has been harassed online.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th December 2017

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High-speed broadband to be legal right for UK homes and businesses – The Guardian

Posted December 20th, 2017 in internet, news, utilities by sally

‘British homes and businesses will have a legal right to high-speed broadband by 2020, the government has announced, dismissing calls from the network provider BT that it should be a voluntary rather than legal obligation on providers.’

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The Guardian, 20th December 2017

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Twitter suspends Britain First leaders as it enforces new anti-abuse rules – The Guardian

Posted December 19th, 2017 in freedom of expression, incitement, internet, news, violence by sally

‘Twitter has suspended the accounts of the leader and deputy leader of Britain First, a far-right group recently retweeted by Donald Trump, under the terms of its revised anti-abuse rules.’

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The Guardian, 18th December 2017

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UK regulator scrutinises the way ISPs manage network traffic – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 11th, 2017 in EC law, enforcement, internet, news by sally

‘The UK’s telecoms regulator has opened a new “enforcement programme” to formally monitor the way in which internet service providers (ISPs) manage the flow of data over their networks.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th December 2017

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Tough code of practice for websites will aim to protect children online – The Guardian

Posted December 11th, 2017 in amendments, bills, children, codes of practice, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘Websites and apps will be subject to a tough new code of practice to protect children’s privacy online following a cross-party campaign in the House of Lords to prevent young people’s internet activity being monitored.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2017

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Aspiring barristers to benefit from bar’s wellbeing portal – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 11th, 2017 in barristers, internet, legal education, mental health, news, pupillage, statistics by sally

‘The Bar Council has extended its ‘wellbeing’ initiative – originally set up to support barristers who may suffer from mental health problems – to include students.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 8th December 2017

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Attorney general’s office investigates social media posts which may identify Jon Venables – Daily Telegraph

‘The attorney general’s office has announced an inquiry into social media messages which may identify Jon Venables.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th December 2017

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Copyright-protected works will not be subject to new EU rules on ‘geo-blocking’ – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 6th, 2017 in copyright, EC law, internet, legislative drafting, news by sally

‘Online service providers in the EU will not face new obligations to make their copyrighted content available to customers to access when they are visiting other EU countries after proposed new EU laws were watered down.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th December 2017

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Judges to get counselling to help them cope with sex crime cases – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 6th, 2017 in courts, internet, judges, mental health, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘Judges are to get mental health help to deal with sex crime cases, the new Lord Chief Justice has announced, as he said we must recognise that “judges are human” too.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th December 2017

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Nearly 200 people held in UK-wide online child abuse operation – The Guardian

Posted December 5th, 2017 in child abuse, internet, news, police, sexual grooming by tracey

‘Nearly 200 suspected paedophiles were arrested in one week, investigators have said, as they warned of a rise in the use of live streaming to sexually abuse children. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said a UK-wide operation in October had saved 245 children from harm and 192 people were detained.’

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The Guardian, 5th December 2017

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Bitcoin: UK and EU plan crackdown amid crime and tax evasion fears – The Guardian

Posted December 4th, 2017 in EC law, electronic commerce, internet, money laundering, news, tax evasion by sally

‘The UK and other EU governments are planning a crackdown on bitcoin amid growing concerns that the digital currency is being used for money laundering and tax evasion.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2017

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UK police to lose phone and web data search authorisation powers – The Guardian

Posted December 1st, 2017 in internet, investigatory powers, news, police, telecommunications by tracey

‘Senior police officers are to lose the power to self-authorise access to personal phone and web browsing records under a series of late changes to the snooper’s charter law proposed by ministers in an attempt to comply with a European court ruling on Britain’s mass surveillance powers. A Home Office consultation paper published on Thursday also makes clear that the 250,000 requests each year for access to personal communications data by the police and other public bodies will in future be restricted to investigations into crimes that carry a prison sentence of at least six months.’

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The Guardian, 30th November 2017

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UK class action accuses Google of unlawfully harvesting personal data – The Guardian

Posted November 30th, 2017 in class actions, data protection, internet, news, privacy, telecommunications by tracey

‘More than 5 million people in the UK could be entitled to compensation from Google if a class action against the internet giant for allegedly harvesting personal data is successful. A group led by the former executive director of consumer body Which?, Richard Lloyd, and advised by City law firm Mischon de Reya claims Google unlawfully collected personal information by bypassing the default privacy settings on the iPhone between June 2011 and February 2012.’

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The Guardian, 30th November 2017

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