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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Smartphones hampering jury trials, appeal judge warns – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 29th, 2017 in internet, judges, juries, jury directions, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Smartphones and social media are causing headaches for judges, a Court of Appeal judge has warned in a speech highlighting current challenges faced in jury trials.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 27th November 2017

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Ticket resale sites could face court over consumer law concerns – The Guardian

Posted November 29th, 2017 in competition, consumer protection, internet, news by sally

‘Secondary ticketing firms could be fined or taken to court after a year-long investigation by the UK competition regulator uncovered “widespread concerns” about breaches of consumer law.’

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The Guardian, 28th November 2017

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Sex offender who targeted children online has sentenced increased – Attorney General’s Office

Posted November 24th, 2017 in appeals, child abuse, internet, press releases, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘Sex offender, Paul Leighton, has had his sentence increased to 20 years in prison.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 23rd November 2017

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Broadband firms must ditch ‘misleading’ speed ads – BBC News

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in advertising, internet, misrepresentation, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Broadband firms will no longer be able to advertise their fast net services based on the speeds just a few customers get, from May next year.’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2017

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Ann Maguire murder: Coroner issues Facebook contracts plea – BBC News

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in children, coroners, internet, murder, news, parental responsibility, teachers by sally

‘A coroner has called for the creation of social media “contracts” for parents after it emerged a teacher’s murderer discussed killing her on Facebook.’

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BBC News, 22nd November 2017

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Judges under ‘intolerable pressure’ from social media, says new Lord Chief Justice – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 22nd, 2017 in internet, judges, judiciary, news, rule of law by sally

‘Judges are being put under “intolerable pressure” by social media users who criticise their decisions, the Lord Chief Justice has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st November 2017

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Teen guilty of bid to import explosives from dark web – BBC News

Posted November 9th, 2017 in explosives, internet, news, young persons by tracey

‘A teenager has been convicted of trying to import explosives from the dark web with intent to endanger life.’

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BBC News, 8th November 2017

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Mother who spread Isis propaganda on Facebook spared jail for terror offences due to children’s ‘suffering’ – The Independent

Posted November 8th, 2017 in internet, news, sentencing, suspended sentences, terrorism by tracey

‘A woman convicted of terror offences for spreading Isis propaganda online has been spared jail by a judge who was moved by the “suffering” of her children.’

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The Independent, 7th November 2017

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Online betting company pays out £2.3m over social responsibility failures – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 7th, 2017 in fines, gambling, internet, news by tracey

‘Betting operator Gala Interactive, part of Ladbrokes Coral, has agreed to pay £2.3m for breaching rules on social responsibility.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th November 2017

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