Woman fights to change the law after being told man who put camera up her skirt did nothing wrong – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 10th, 2017 in crime, news, outraging public decency, photography, privacy, sexual offences, voyeurism by tracey

‘When a man took a picture up Gina Martin’s skirt when she was enjoying herself at a festival, she was sure he could be punished. However, after being told he did nothing illegal, she has taken things into her own hands and started a campaign which has reverberated across the country – to make ‘upskirting’ a specific offence under the law.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th August 2017

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Prevent Duty Guidance withstands “clamorous” criticism – Marina Wheeler QC – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In the wake of the London and Manchester attacks, the government’s counter-terrorism strategy is increasingly in the news and under scrutiny. Radicalisation is a difficult concept to map on to a system like ours, which separates the definition of criminal behaviour and punishment from civil sanctions. In this week’s podcast, Marina Wheeler discusses some of the ways the law is trying to cope (Law Pod UK Episode 8, available on Monday 7 August). She and others from 1 Crown Office Row will be discussing this and related issues at a seminar on Monday 11 September. You will find full details at the end of this post.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 5th August 2017

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Data protection: GDPR and employee surveilance – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 31st, 2017 in data protection, EC law, employment, investigatory powers, news, privacy by sally

‘At present all employers have to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) when conducting employee surveillance, as they will be gathering and using personal data about living, identifiable individuals (location, movements, internet browsing history and so on). Part 3 of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) Data Protection Employment Practices Code is an important document to follow to avoid DPA breaches. It covers all types of employee surveillance.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 31st July 2017

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Madonna and twin girls accept damages over Mail Online article – The Guardian

Posted July 28th, 2017 in adoption, damages, media, news, privacy by tracey

‘Madonna and her twin daughters, Stella and Estere, have accepted undisclosed damages from Associated Newspapers over a “serious invasion of privacy”.’

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The Guardian, 27th July 2017

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Extent of fraud and cyber crime laid out in new statistics – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 25th, 2017 in computer crime, crime, data protection, fraud, news, privacy, statistics by sally

‘More than five million cases of fraud and computer misuse offences were recorded in England and Wales in a single year, according to new figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th July 2017

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Oxford child sex abuse suspect loses five-year battle for anonymity – The Guardian

Posted July 20th, 2017 in anonymity, appeals, child abuse, news, privacy, sexual offences, Supreme Court by tracey

‘A man suspected of child sex abuse who was arrested but faced no charge can be named after losing a long legal battle to keep his identity secret.’

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The Guardian, 19th July 2017

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Reform of the ePrivacy rules – will your business be affected? – Technology Law Update

Posted July 12th, 2017 in data protection, news, privacy by sally

‘Alongside data protection law runs a set of rules relating to electronic communications – the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (EC Directive) 2003, or PECR. Data protection law reform has been centre stage recently, with the General Data Protection Regulation coming into effect in May 2018. But plans to reform EU legislation underlying PECR have not been widely discussed. EU law-makers intend to introduce the changes along with the GDPR next May. The details of the changes are not hammered down yet. This presents a problem for any organisation that uses technology to communicate with the public. In this blog, we take a look at the existing rules, and the likely changes that will (or may) come in next year.’

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Technology Law Update, 12th July 2017

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

Why We Should Oppose Gender Identity Fraud Prosecutions – Legal Voice

‘Following the conviction of Gayle Newland for tricking a female friend into having sex by pretending to be a man, Alex Sharpe looks at why such prosecutions are wrong.’

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Legal Voice, 10th July 2017

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

Royal Free breached UK data law in 1.6m patient deal with Google’s DeepMind – The Guardian

Posted July 4th, 2017 in data protection, health, hospitals, news, privacy by sally

‘London’s Royal Free hospital failed to comply with the Data Protection Act when it handed over personal data of 1.6 million patients to DeepMind, a Google subsidiary, according to the Information Commissioner’s Office.’

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The Guardian, 3rd July 2017

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Review of NHS correspondence backlog finds 1,788 cases of potential harm – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 29th, 2017 in data protection, health, news, privacy, reports by sally

‘A review of how NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) handled a huge backlog of unprocessed clinical correspondence has found 1,788 cases of potential harm to patients, the National Audit Office has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th June 2017

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Jeremy Hunt and NHS ‘delayed telling patients’ about mislaid confidential documents after private firm blunder – The Independent

Posted June 27th, 2017 in data protection, health, ministers' powers and duties, news, privacy, reports by tracey

‘Jeremy Hunt has been accused of leaving Parliament and patients in the dark after hundreds of thousands of pieces of confidential medical correspondence was discovered “languishing in a warehouse”. At least 1,700 patients may have been harmed by the major blunder, according to a new report into the incident from the National Audit Office (NAO).’

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The Independent, 27th June 2017

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Cage director pleads not guilty to terror offence over privacy issue – The Guardian

Posted June 21st, 2017 in confidentiality, human rights, news, privacy, search & seizure, terrorism, torture by sally

‘The international director of the campaign group Cage has pleaded not guilty to a terror offence after refusing to give police the passcode to his mobile phone at Heathrow airport last year.’

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The Guardian, 20th June 2017

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Council appeals £150k fine imposed over publication of sensitive data – Local Government Lawyer

‘Basildon Council has confirmed it is to appeal the imposition by the Information Commissioner of a £150,000 monetary penalty for publishing sensitive personal information about a family in planning application documents that were made publicly available online.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th June 2017

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EU seeks to outlaw ‘backdoors’ in new data privacy proposals – The Guardian

Posted June 20th, 2017 in data protection, EC law, encryption, news, privacy, reports by sally

‘The European Union is considering banning the implementation of so-called “backdoors” that allow the reading of encrypted messaging, a move that would place it in conflict with the UK government’s desire to have access to all secure communications.’

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The Guardian, 19th June 2017

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Is it illegal to take a selfie while voting in a polling station? – The Guardian

Posted June 8th, 2017 in elections, news, photography, privacy by sally

‘The rules around photography at elections were not drawn up with social media in mind, so it’s best to keep that phone in your pocket while you vote.’

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The Guardian, 8th June 2017

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Planning law does not trump rights to privacy, says watchdog – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 2nd, 2017 in data protection, news, planning, privacy by sally

‘Local authorities processing planning applications cannot ignore their responsibilities under data protection law, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned.’

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OUT-LAW.com,1st June 2017

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Council fined £150k for publishing sensitive data in online planning documents – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 1st, 2017 in data protection, fines, gipsies, internet, local government, news, planning, privacy by sally

‘Basildon Borough Council has been fined £150,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for publishing sensitive personal information about a family in planning application documents that were made publicly available online.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st May 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Publishers call for rethink of proposed changes to online privacy laws – The Guardian

Posted May 30th, 2017 in advertising, internet, news, privacy, publishing by sally

‘An alliance of news publishers has called on European regulators to rethink proposed changes to online privacy laws, arguing that they will potentially kill their digital businesses and give Google, Apple and Facebook too much control of advertising and personal data.’

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The Guardian, 29th May 2017

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Actress Elizabeth Hurley awarded phone-hacking damages – BBC News

Posted May 18th, 2017 in damages, interception, media, news, privacy, telecommunications by tracey

‘Elizabeth Hurley has received “substantial” damages and an apology from Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) over phone-hacking.’

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BBC News, 17th May 2017

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Campaign group to challenge UK over surrender of passwords at border control – The Guardian

‘The human rights group Cage is preparing to mount a legal challenge to UK anti-terrorism legislation over a refusal to hand over mobile and laptop passwords to border control officials at air terminals, ports and international rail stations.’

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The Guardian, 14th May 2017

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