Prince Harry photos: Clarence House contacts Press Complaints Commission – The Guardian

Posted August 23rd, 2012 in complaints, media, news, photography, privacy by sally

“The royal family moved to block the British publication of grainy mobile phone pictures of Prince Harry naked in a Las Vegas hotel room after the images were widely circulated online.”

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The Guardian, 23rd August 2012


Facebook’s planned takeover of Instagram gets go-ahead from UK regulator –

Posted August 15th, 2012 in competition, internet, news, photography by sally

“The UK’s primary regulator of competition issues has approved Facebook’s proposal to buy photo-sharing company Instagram.”

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Daily Mail publisher pays out £15,000 for printing photos of child – The Guardian

Posted July 26th, 2012 in children, damages, media, news, photography, privacy, public interest by sally

“The publisher of the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday has been ordered to pay £15,000 in privacy damages after one of its papers published unpixellated pictures of a child whose alleged father is a ‘philandering’ politician.”

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The Guardian, 25th July 2012


Mother of Hugh Grant’s baby wins paparazzi pledge – The Guardian

Posted July 19th, 2012 in harassment, media, news, photography, privacy by tracey

“The mother of Hugh Grant’s baby has received a high court undertaking from a picture agency not to pursue or harass her, in a ruling that could give celebrities new protection against paparazzi photographers.”

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The Guardian, 18th July 2012


Police retention of photographs unlawful, High Court rules – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 27th, 2012 in data protection, human rights, news, photography, police, privacy by sally

“Liberal societies tend to view the retention of citizens’ private information by an arm of the state, without individuals’ consent, with suspicion. Last week, the High Court ruled that the automatic retention of photographs taken on arrest – even where the there is no prosecution, or the person is acquitted – for at least six years was an unlawful interference with the right to respect for private life of Article 8 of the ECHR, as enshrined in the Human Rights Act.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th June 2012


Regina (C) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (Liberty and another intervening); Regina (J) Same – WLR Daily

Posted June 26th, 2012 in evidence, law reports, photography, police by sally

Regina (C) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (Liberty and another intervening); Regina (J) Same [2012] EWHC 1681 (Admin); [2012] WLR (D) 182

“The statutory discretion for the police to retain custody photographs obtained from criminal suspects who were subsequently not proceeded against or acquitted did not extend to the retention of photographs taken from all suspects for a substantial and potentially indefinite period, in breach of their right to privacy.”

WLR Daily, 22nd June 2012


Man jailed for photographing defendants in Truro court – BBC News

Posted April 20th, 2012 in contempt of court, news, photography by sally

“A man has been jailed for a day and fined £750 for contempt after taking a picture of two defendants inside a Cornwall court.”

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BBC News, 20th April 2012


G v de Visser – WLR Daily

Posted March 21st, 2012 in default judgments, EC law, human rights, internet, law reports, photography, privacy by sally

G v de Visser (Case C-292/10); [2012] WLR (D) 87

“Where it was impossible to locate the whereabouts of a defendant, European Union law did not preclude the issue of judgment by default in circumstances where the document instituting proceedings had been served by public notice under national law, provided that the court seised of the matter had first satisfied itself that all investigations required by the principles of diligence and good faith had been undertaken to trace the defendant.”

WLR Daily, 15th March 2012


Digitally altered photographs can qualify for copyright protection, UK court rules –

Posted January 19th, 2012 in copyright, news, photography by sally

“Photographs that are digitally manipulated using imaging software can be original enough to qualify for copyright protection, the Patents County Court has ruled.”

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Injunction 4 sex pics on mob – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 13th, 2012 in injunctions, internet, news, photography, privacy, telecommunications by sally

“If you lose your mobile phone with highly confidential and private information on it, all may not be lost. The unscrupulous finder may be prevented from blurting its contents all over the web, even if the identity of that person is unknown to you or the court. It requires considerable input of computer expertise, but it is possible, as this case (cleverly taken in the Technology and Construction Court) illustrates.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 12th Janaury 2012


Woman wins legal judgement forbidding anyone from sharing her photos online – The Independent

Posted January 11th, 2012 in injunctions, internet, news, photography, privacy by sally

“A woman who had sexually explicit self-portraits uploaded onto the internet after her mobile phone was stolen has won a landmark legal judgement forbidding anyone from sharing the photos online.”

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The Independent, 10th January 2012


Joel Mattsson compensated for military parade photo ban – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 12th, 2011 in compensation, news, photography, police, terrorism by sally

“Lawyers say Joel Mattsson, who was wrongly stopped by police from taking photographs at a public event in a town centre, has been compensated.”

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Daily Telegraph, 12th December 2011


A picture is worth a thousand words… or two months – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted October 3rd, 2011 in contempt of court, news, photography, sentencing by sally

“Hot on the heels of announcements regarding the television broadcast of sentencing decisions, technology raises another controversy. This time a teenager, Paul Thomson, was convicted for contempt in Luton Crown Court and given a two month sentence. The offence was taking a photo inside court on his Blackberry mobile phone.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 29th September 2011


Teenager jailed for taking photo at Luton Crown Court – BBC News

Posted September 26th, 2011 in contempt of court, news, photography, sentencing by sally

“A teenager has been jailed for two months for taking a photograph of a court room from the public gallery during proceedings.”

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BBC News, 26th September 2011


Freedom of expression: is filming the police in public a fundamental right? – Hugh Tomlinson QC – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 31st, 2011 in freedom of expression, human rights, news, photography, police, video recordings by sally

“As a number of recent cases have made clear, the filming of policing activity in public places is a vital method of holding police to account. But there have been continuing tensions between the police and photographers over filming police activity. In January 2010 there was a protest in Trafalgar Square by photographers against the use of terrorism laws to stop and search photographers. A campaign called ‘I’m a photographer, not a terrorist’ was launched to protect the rights of those taking photographs in public places.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 31st August 2011


Magazine apologises for slimming down Royal in picture –

Posted August 16th, 2011 in complaints, media, news, photography, royal family by sally

“The Press Complaints Commission (PCC) has forced a magazine to apologise for printing an altered photograph of the Duchess of Cambridge.”

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Does publishing photos of rioters infringe their human rights? – The Guardian

“In the wake of the recent violence in cities across England, the police have been releasing photographs of individuals in an appeal to the public for assistance in identifying them and bringing them to justice.”

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The Guardian, 11th August 2011


L’Oréal’s Julia Roberts and Christy Turlington ad campaigns banned – The Guardian

Posted July 27th, 2011 in advertising, complaints, news, ombudsmen, photography by tracey

“L’Oréal has been forced to pull ad campaigns featuring Pretty Woman star Julia Roberts and supermodel Christy Turlington, after the advertising watchdog upheld complaints by Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson that the images were overly airbrushed.”

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The Guardian, 27th July 2011


Data protection watchdogs to probe Facebook about its use of facial recognition technology –

Posted June 10th, 2011 in data protection, internet, news, photography, privacy by michael

“Facebook will be asked to explain whether it considered the impact new technology that recognises faces in photos would have on users’ privacy before introducing the feature, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said.”

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Daily Mail and Sun accused of contempt over online photos – The Guardian

Posted February 3rd, 2011 in contempt of court, internet, media, news, photography by sally

“Attorney general argues pictures of murder trial defendant ‘posing with a gun’ created risk of prejudice in court case.”

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The Guardian, 2nd February 2011