‘Rape cases dropped’ over police phone search demands – BBC News

‘Rape and sexual assault complainants say police have stopped investigating their cases after they refused to reveal up to seven years of phone data.’

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BBC News, 23rd July 2019

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New law where clicking on terrorist propaganda once could mean 15 years in prison comes into force – Independent

Posted April 15th, 2019 in internet, news, proscribed organisations, search & seizure, terrorism by michael

‘A raft of new measures mean people can be jailed for viewing terrorist propaganda online, entering “designated areas” abroad and making “reckless expressions” of support for proscribed groups.’

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The Independent, 13th April 2019

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Fraud surgeon who claimed break-in at Luton home keeps items

Posted April 15th, 2019 in evidence, fraud, news, proceeds of crime, search & seizure by michael

‘Thousands of pounds worth of antiques that a hospital surgeon claimed had been stolen from him are still “under his control”, despite him being jailed.’

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BBC News, 13th April 2019

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Lauri Love: Alleged British hacker begins legal battle to get seized computers back – The Independent

Posted February 12th, 2019 in computer crime, extradition, news, search & seizure by tracey

‘Lauri Love, the computer scientist who won a landmark appeal against extradition to the US for allegedly hacking into American government websites, has begun a legal battle to try to get his seized computers back.’

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The Independent, 12th February 2019

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Facebook documents seized by MPs investigating privacy breach – BBC News

Posted November 26th, 2018 in data protection, documents, internet, news, parliament, privacy, search & seizure by tracey

‘A cache of Facebook documents has been seized by MPs investigating the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Rarely used parliamentary powers were used to demand that the boss of a US software firm hand over the details.’

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BBC News, 25th November 2018

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Rape victims’ mobile phones will not be seized ‘as a matter of course’, new director of public prosecutions says – The Independent

Posted November 14th, 2018 in evidence, news, prosecutions, rape, search & seizure, victims by sally

‘Rape victims’ mobile phones will not be seized “as a matter of course” in criminal investigations, the new head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said.’

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The Independent, 13th November 2018

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Public should be given more search warrant protections – Law Commission

‘The laws around search warrants should be modernised with more protections put in place to protect individuals’ rights, say the Law Commission.’

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Law Commission, 5th June 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Tax Raid on Premier League club lawful – Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted October 20th, 2017 in fraud, news, search & seizure, sport, taxation, warrants by sally

‘Newcastle United has failed in its attempt to quash HMRC’s search warrant for documents involving suspected major tax fraud.’

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Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 11th October

Source: www.sportslawbulletin.org

Lawfulness of search warrant and detention irrelevant to forfeiture of cash – UK Police Law Blog

Posted August 11th, 2017 in forfeiture, money laundering, news, proceeds of crime, search & seizure, warrants by tracey

‘In Campbell v Bromley Magistrates’ Court [2017] EWCA Civ 1161 the Court of Appeal has confirmed that that there are no “fruits of the forbidden tree” consequences when it comes to the forfeiture of cash seized in accordance with Chapter 3 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (“POCA”).’

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UK Police Law Blog, 10th August 2017

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Pre-Action Correspondence: What to do if you get a Stroppy Letter ……. or worse – NIPC Law

‘On Wednesday I stressed the importance of pre-action correspondence and how the drafting of a letter before claim can make all the difference between getting what you want quickly and cheaply through focused negotiation and precipitating an expensive and possibly protracted law suit in Pre-Action Correspondence – Not Just a Box to be ticked or a Hoop to be jumped through 2 Aug 2017. Today, I shall tell you what to do if you receive a letter accusing you of infringing a patent or some other intellectual property right.’

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NIPC Law, 4th August 2017

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Launch of consultation on Criminal Finances Act Codes of Practice – Home Office

‘A 4-week consultation has been launched on the Codes of Practice that will help law enforcement officers confiscate valuable items and other assets acquired using the proceeds of crime as well as tackle the financing of terrorism.’

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Home Office, 31st July 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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Changes to the Seizure Provisions Under the Criminal Finance Act 2017 – Drystone Chambers

‘On the 27th April 2017 the Criminal Finance Act (‘CFA 2017’) received Royal Assent. The Criminal Finance Act 2017 ushers in wide-ranging reforms to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (‘POCA 2002’). This article is part of a series of short comment pieces highlighting some of the main changes the CFA 2017 makes. It also covers issues related to Barnaby’s previous piece which set out some of the changes the Criminal Finance Bill enacted.’

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Drystone Chambers, 30th 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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New powers to tackle slavery at sea – Home Office

‘Safeguarding Minister Sarah Newton announces the commencement of new powers in the Modern Slavery Act.’

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Home Office, 8th August 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Legal high ban: When does the new legislation come into force? How will it work? Are poppers banned? – The Independent

‘The Psychoactive Substances Act will introduce a blanket ban on the production, distribution, sale and supply of legal highs.’

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The Independent, 23rd May 2016

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Pursuing damages for bribery in the civil courts – OUT-LAW.com

‘Under the 2010 Bribery Act, bribery is a criminal offence and companies are required to have in place adequate procedures in order to prevent those associated with them from undertaking bribery. Adequate procedures provide the company with a defence to the criminal offences set out in the Act. However, what is often overlooked is the ability of the company to pursue both the recipient of the bribe as well as the briber for its financial losses and, in some cases, damages for fraud.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16 February 2016

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Regina (HS and others) v South Cheshire Magistrates’ Court and another; Regina (MU and another)North Cheshire Magistrates’ Court; Regina (AM)South Cheshire Magistrates’ Court and another – WLR Daily

Posted December 4th, 2015 in judicial review, law reports, search & seizure, warrants by tracey

Regina (HS and others) v South Cheshire Magistrates’ Court and another: Regina (MU and another)North Cheshire Magistrates’ Court: Regina (AM)South Cheshire Magistrates’ Court and another: Regina (HS and others)Crown Court at Manchester and another: [2015] EWHC 3415 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 500

‘There was no general rule that there could be no application to the Crown Court under section 59 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 until every issue raised in a judicial review claim had been resolved by a decision of the High Court.’

WLR Daily, 30th November 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Are counter terrorism laws interfering with freedom of the press? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted November 30th, 2015 in freedom of expression, media, news, police, privilege, search & seizure, terrorism by sally

‘A case of freedom of the press versus counter-terrorism laws? Peter Carter QC at Doughty Street Chambers, examines the police powers used to seize an investigative journalist’s laptop.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 27th November 2015

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

NCA internal inquiry ‘will not undermine earlier cases’ – the Guardian

Posted November 30th, 2015 in national crime agency, news, search & seizure, warrants by sally

‘The National Crime Agency claims there is little prospect of completed cases being quashed despite having to launch a review into its use of warrants and production orders following the collapse of major trials.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk