Mother wins legal battle over tribunal’s refusal to say why son’s killer was discharged from hospital – The Guardian

‘A woman has won a legal battle against a mental health tribunal over its refusal to provide her with the the reasons for releasing her son’s killer into the community.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2023

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Better protection for rape victims from invasive record requests – Home Office

‘The Home Office will legislate to protect people, including rape victims, from unnecessary requests for personal records.’

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Home Office, 20th January 2023

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Family Justice: Ostiis Apertis? – Transparency Project

Posted January 12th, 2023 in anonymity, family courts, financial provision, media, news, pilot schemes, privacy by sally

‘On 28 October 2021 the President published the outcome of his Transparency Review: Confidence and Confidentiality: Transparency in the Family Courts.’

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Transparency Project, 12th January 2023

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Solicitor can sue ex-firm for misuse of private WhatsApp messages – Legal Futures

‘A High Court master has rejected what he described as a law firm owner’s attempt to “stifle” a misuse of private information (MPI) claim by a junior solicitor he dismissed by applying to have her case struck out.’

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Legal Futures, 11th January 2023

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Schools hit by cyber attack and documents leaked – BBC News

Posted January 6th, 2023 in blackmail, children, computer crime, data protection, news, privacy, school children by tracey

‘Highly confidential documents from 14 schools have been leaked online by hackers, the BBC can reveal. One of those was Pates Grammar School in Gloucestershire, targeted by a hacking group called Vice Society.’

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BBC News, 6th January 2023

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Leicester circumcision clinic criticised by inspectors over photos – BBC News

Posted January 6th, 2023 in children, data protection, hospitals, news, privacy by tracey

‘A circumcision clinic failed to protect sensitive images of patients and check staff criminal records, a report says.’

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BBC News, 6th January 2023

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UK court ruling highlights privilege and disclosure issues relating to emails in corporate IT systems – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 15th, 2022 in confidentiality, disclosure, electronic mail, news, privacy, privilege by tracey

‘A recent decision by the England and Wales High Court, refusing to grant a declaration that company officers could not assert privilege in respect of emails stored in a corporate email system, provides useful lessons to businesses on legal professional privilege and disclosure, according to a legal expert.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th December 2022

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Removal of gametes from brain dead man would breach his rights to privacy: Court of Protection – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 25th, 2022 in consent, Court of Protection, families, human rights, news, privacy by tracey

‘The 22 year old patient in this case, X, was unconscious in intensive care during the course of this hearing, following a serious stroke. There was virtually no prospect that he would recover. This urgent application by X’s parents, out of hours, before Poole J was for a declaration that it would be lawful for a doctor to retrieve X’s sperm for storage after his death. The applicants also sought an order that X’s father V could sign the relevant consents under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 (“The 1990 Act”). The applicants did not seek any orders in respect of the use of X’s sperm once collected and stored. That was for another day.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th November 2022

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Painful lessons about the duty of candour (more on the unlawful seizure of migrants’ mobiles) – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In this first Judgment, the Court analysed powers granted by the Immigration Acts 1971 and 2016 and rejected the Defendant’s erroneous interpretation of the relevant statutory provisions. It then made consequential orders (also reported) including steps to publicise its ruling, given that over 400 phones, still held, could not be linked to any individual migrant.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 21st November 2022

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Identity of those instructing solicitors not protected by litigation privilege – Legal Futures

Posted November 15th, 2022 in anonymity, news, privacy, privilege, solicitors by sally

‘There is no general rule that the identity of those instructing solicitors on behalf of a corporate client is protected by litigation privilege, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 15th November 2022

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UK police use of live facial recognition unlawful and unethical, report finds – The Guardian

Posted October 28th, 2022 in facial mapping, human rights, news, police, privacy, race discrimination by tracey

‘Police should be banned from using live facial recognition technology in all public spaces because they are breaking ethical standards and human rights laws, a study has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 27th October 2022

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Legal action by Doreen Lawrence and Prince Harry could mire Daily Mail for years – The Guardian

‘Now Dacre faces the prospect of seeing the Daily Mail’s parent company Associated Newspapers dragged into a lengthy legal battle, where he could have to give evidence under oath about his newspaper’s activities in the name of journalism. According to a statement issued by lawyers for the six individuals, the claims include allegations of illegal activity such as homes being bugged, deceptive tactics used to obtain private medical information and the tapping of live phone calls.’

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The Guardian, 7th October 2022

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Elton John and Prince Harry sue Daily Mail publisher over ‘privacy breach’ – BBC News

Posted October 7th, 2022 in compensation, interception, media, news, privacy, telecommunications by tracey

‘Sir Elton John is among several public figures taking legal action against the publisher of the Daily Mail over what they call “gross breaches of privacy”.’

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BBC News, 6th October 2022

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Suella Braverman to consider giving anonymity to suspected criminals – The Guardian

‘The home secretary will examine the possibility of giving anonymity to suspected criminals after concern over the identification and treatment of high-profile people wrongly accused of sexual abuse.’

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The Guardian, 3rd October 2022

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TikTok may be fined £27m for failing to protect children – BBC News

Posted September 27th, 2022 in fines, internet, news, privacy, video recordings by sally

‘TikTok could face a £27m fine for failing to protect children’s privacy when they’re using the platform.’

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BBC News, 26th September 2022

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Call for UK’s biggest police force to stop using facial recognition technology – The Independent

Posted September 12th, 2022 in facial mapping, London, news, police, privacy by tracey

‘Fourteen campaign groups have written an open letter to new Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley calling on him to end the use of facial recognition technology.’

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The Independent, 9th September 2022

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Facial recognition cameras in UK retail chain challenged by privacy group – The Guardian

Posted July 27th, 2022 in charities, complaints, facial mapping, news, privacy by sally

‘Shoppers at a grocery store chain across southern England are being surveilled with facial recognition cameras, prompting a legal complaint by civil rights campaigners.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2022

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UK cybersecurity chiefs back plan to scan phones for child abuse images – The Guardian

‘Tech companies should move ahead with controversial technology that scans for child abuse imagery on users’ phones, the technical heads of GCHQ and the UK’s National Cybersecurity Centre have said. So-called “client-side scanning” would involve service providers such as Facebook or Apple building software that monitors communications for suspicious activity without needing to share the contents of messages with a centralised server.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2022

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Sheffield City Council repeatedly let down vulnerable woman – ombudsman – BBC News

‘A vulnerable young woman was told by a council investigation she could have stopped the abuse she experienced if she had spoken up sooner.’

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BBC News, 15th July 2022

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The Bill of Rights Act 2022 and employment law: free speech implications – by Gus Baker – UK Labour Law

‘The “Bill of Rights Bill” (the “Bill”), introduced to Parliament on 22 June this year, has the potential to have significant implications for employment law. Once tribunals and courts accept the Bill’s exhortation to give “great weight” to freedom of speech, the consequences for workplace relations may be profound.’

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UK Labour Law, 6th July 2022

Source: uklabourlawblog.com