Kensington & Chelsea fined £120k for disclosure of owners of empty properties – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has been hit with a £120,000 monetary penalty by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after the council unlawfully identified 943 people who owned vacant properties in the borough.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th April 2018

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Chambers could be forced to publish data on sexual orientation and religion – Legal Futures

Posted April 12th, 2018 in barristers, consultations, disclosure, diversity, homosexuality, news, privacy by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is considering a rule change which would mean chambers would have to include sexual orientation and religion in the diversity data they publish on their websites.’

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Legal Futures, 12th April 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Cliff Richard case ‘likely to have massive implications’ – BBC News

‘When South Yorkshire Police raided Sir Cliff Richard’s home in August 2014, he was in Portugal, but the BBC was outside, with a helicopter standing by.’

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BBC News, 12th April 2018

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The Leveson Inquiry Wrapped up Early, So What Does This Mean for Free Speech and Privacy? – RightsInfo

‘The public inquiry into media ethics following the phone-hacking scandal of 2011 will not be concluded in full. Why is this happening, and what does it mean for freedom of speech and our right to privacy?’

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RightsInfo, 4th April 2018

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Police Can Download All Your Smartphone’s Data Without A Warrant – RightsInfo

Posted April 6th, 2018 in consent, news, police, privacy, telecommunications, warrants by sally

‘Police officers can download the contents of your mobile phone without a warrant – even if you have not been charged with any crime.’

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RightsInfo, 3rd April 2018

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Bringing WHOIS into compliance with privacy law – Technology Law Update

Posted April 4th, 2018 in data protection, EC law, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘Internet governance organisation ICANN is planning new restrictions on access to information in order to comply with EU privacy rules. Those on the privacy side of the argument welcome the planned changes – WHOIS data is misused by spammers and scammers, they say. But others rely on the information for more positive purposes. WHOIS records have been used to tackle online crime, and online infringement of rights like trade marks. The changes will make life more difficult for them.’

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Technology Law Blog, 3rd April 2018

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

UK parties poised to gain data powers to work out how people are likely to vote, despite the Cambridge Analytica scandal – The Indepndent

Posted March 23rd, 2018 in bills, consent, data protection, news, political parties, privacy by tracey

‘Britain’s political parties are poised to grant themselves special powers to use personal data to find out how people are likely to vote, despite the Cambridge Analytica scandal, The Independent can reveal.’

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The Indepndent, 23rd March 2018

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No wonder so few people report rape. They are hung out to dry in court – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2018 in complaints, disclosure, news, privacy, rape, trials, victims by sally

‘Fear of intrusive investigations and total loss of privacy make sexual assault victims less likely to make a complaint.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2018

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‘Right to be forgotten’: high court hears second Google case – The Guardian

Posted March 12th, 2018 in criminal records, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘A second businessman who wants links to articles about his criminal past removed from search engine results has launched a high court fight.’

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The Guardian, 12th March 2018

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Leveson inquiry: government confirms second stage axed – The Guardian

Posted March 2nd, 2018 in inquiries, interception, media, news, police, privacy by tracey

‘The culture secretary, Matt Hancock, confirmed on Thursday that the government would drop plans for the second phase of the Leveson inquiry into press standards launched in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2018

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Judges told to limit observers if witness has to remove veil – The Guardian

‘Judges should restrict the number of observers allowed into court when defendants or witnesses are compelled to remove their veil to give evidence, new guidance to judges recommends.’

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The Guardian, 28th February 2018

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‘Right to be forgotten’ claimant wants to rewrite history, says Google – The Guardian

Posted February 28th, 2018 in criminal records, false accounting, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘A businessman who has launched a legal bid to erase online articles about his criminal conviction in the first “right to be forgotten” case in the English courts should not be allowed to rewrite history, lawyers for Google have said.’

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The Guardian, 27th February 2018

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Channel 5 ordered to pay £20,000 damages to evicted couple – BBC News

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in damages, media, misuse of private information, news, privacy by tracey

‘Channel 5 has been ordered to pay a couple £10,000 each for the distress of broadcasting them being evicted.’

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BBC News, 22nd February 2018

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Remembering the Right to be Forgotten – Panopticon

Posted February 22nd, 2018 in human rights, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘It all seems a long time ago that the CJEU handed down its judgment in Google Spain and inculcated the right to be forgotten doesn’t it? Commentators – including here and here – opined with varying degrees of wailing and gnashing of teeth about the implications of it, and how endless litigation was anticipated. But there hasn’t been all that much. The lion has been sleeping so far.’

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Panopticon, 21st February 2018

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The right to be forgotten before the Courts again – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 21st, 2018 in criminal records, data protection, human rights, internet, news, privacy by tracey

‘NT 1 & Anor v Google LLC [2018] EWHC 261 (QB) (15 February 2018). This was a Pre Trial Review of an application by the claimants to have details about an old criminal conviction and other information removed from Google and associated websites under the “right to be forgotten”.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 21st February 2018

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‘Upskirting’ should be criminal offence, campaigners say – BBC News

Posted February 20th, 2018 in crime, harassment, news, privacy, sexual offences, voyeurism by sally

‘The government should criminalise “upskirting” as a sexual offence, say campaigners, after police data showed one complainant was 10 years old.’

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BBC News, 20th February 2018

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Standup comedian’s husband sues for defamation over ‘provocative’ show – The Guardian

‘An award-winning standup comedian is being sued by her estranged husband for allegedly defaming him in her show.’

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The Guardian, 19th February 2018

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NHS told to stop handing over patient data to Home Office for immigration enforcement – The Independent

Posted February 1st, 2018 in data protection, enforcement, health, immigration, news, privacy by tracey

‘Health service officials have been reprimanded for putting the health of vulnerable migrants, and the wider public, at risk and told to stop handing over confidential information to immigration officials immediately.’

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The Independent, 31st January 2018

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UK mass digital surveillance regime ruled unlawful – The Guardian

Posted January 31st, 2018 in data protection, investigatory powers, news, privacy, terrorism by sally

‘Appeal court judges have ruled the government’s mass digital surveillance regime unlawful in a case brought by the Labour deputy leader, Tom Watson.’

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The Guardian, 30th January 2018

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Privacy And Porn – The New Digital Laws Explained – Rights Info

Posted January 30th, 2018 in news, pornography, privacy, telecommunications by sally

‘By April 2018, all online pornographic content in the UK will be controlled by mandatory age-verification controls under the Digital Economy Act.’

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Rights Info, 29th January 2018

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