Undercover policing: MPs demand reforms – BBC News

Posted March 1st, 2013 in families, investigatory powers, news, police, select committees by tracey

“Abuses connected with undercover police activities show that an urgent review is
needed of laws covering such work in England and Wales, MPs have said.”

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BBC News, 1st March 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

EU crime and justice measures of ‘real importance’ says Starmer – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 7th, 2013 in crime, EC law, international law, news, select committees, treaties, warrants by sally

“Failure to opt back in to EU criminal justice measures will hamper the UK’s ability to prosecute cross-border crime, making procedures ‘uncertain, cumbersome and fragmented’, the director of public prosecutions told peers today.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th February 2013

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Justice and Security Bill: no balance, no public interest – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 31st, 2013 in bills, closed material, news, public interest, select committees by sally

“The government’s Justice and Security Bill has this week entered a new phase of debate in the House of Commons as it is considered in detail by a 19-member Public Bill Committee over the next month. The critics of this Bill – and there are many – argue that it will make ‘secret justice’ a standard part of our legal process. The latest set of amendments proposed by the government were revealed yesterday and within them lies a crucial and unjustifiable secrecy provision. The significance of the amendments becomes apparent when one looks at how the Bill has progressed so far.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 30th Janaury 2013

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Library closures may be unlawful, says Commons select committee – The Guardian

Posted November 6th, 2012 in illegality, libraries, news, reports, select committees by sally

“A ‘damning’ report into library closures up and down the country has found that councils making plans to shut branches without taking proper account of local needs risk breaking the law.”

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The Guardian, 6th November 2012

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MPs call communications data bill ‘honeypot for hackers and criminals’ – The Guardian

“The home secretary, Theresa May, has been told by peers and MPs that her £1.8bn internet monitoring proposals will be a ‘honeypot for hackers and criminals around the world’ and that she must bring in prison sentences for those who hack databases.”

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The Guardian, 31st October 2012

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Twitter raises privacy concerns with UK communication surveillance proposals – OUT-LAW.com

“Twitter has said that Government plans to increase the UK intelligence services’ communications surveillance capabilities could cause it to breach the privacy rights of individuals based elsewhere in the world.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th September 2012

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This spying bill is against privacy and democracy. And it won’t work – The Observer

“Should the Communications Data Bill become law, it will be an intervention too far from the surveillance state.”

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The Observer, 9th September 2012

Source: http://observer.guardian.co.uk

Treasury Committee suggests higher fines and criminal sanctions for LIBOR manipulation – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 21st, 2012 in banking, financial regulation, fines, news, penalties, reports, select committees by sally

“Higher fines for firms that fail to co-operate with regulators and potential criminal sanctions for benchmark manipulation have been suggested by the Treasury Select Committee in a report responding to alleged manipulation of market rates by major banks.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st August 2012

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Higher fines should be issuable against bodies that tamper with FOI data, says Commons committee – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 26th, 2012 in data protection, fines, freedom of information, news, select committees by sally

“Public bodies should face higher fines for destroying or altering information that is ‘disclosable’ under freedom of information (FOI) laws, a committee of MPs has recommended.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th July 2012

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UK laws ‘spurring trade in endangered species’ – BBC News

Posted July 12th, 2012 in animals, legislation, news, police, select committees by sally

“‘Confusing’ UK laws are spurring the trade in endangered species, a wildlife charity has said.”

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BBC News, 12th July 2012

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New law for missing persons – Ministry of Justice

“Families of missing people will be given greater support when a loved one goes missing with today’s announcement that the Government will introduce a certificate of presumed death – through legislation.”

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Ministry of Justice, 6th July 2012

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

No backtrack on Freedom of Information Act – The Guardian

“Pressure from former senior Labour figures, including Tony Blair and Jack Straw, as well as Whitehall mandarins, to ‘turn back the clock’ on freedom of information legislation has been decisively rejected by an all-party group of MPs.”

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The Guardian, 8th July 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Content mining should be cleared up and copyright law entirely rewritten, say MPs – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 28th, 2012 in copyright, intellectual property, internet, news, reports, select committees by sally

“Publishers should develop new licensing models that would allow researchers to use computerised techniques to read information contained in journal articles at ‘realistic rates’, MPs have said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 28th June 2012

Source: www.out-law.com

Phone hacking: attorney general to meet MPs over report – The Guardian

Posted April 17th, 2012 in news, prosecutions, reports, select committees by sally

“The attorney general is to meet MPs on the select committee investigating phone hacking at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, in a highly unusual bid to ensure its final report does not prejudice potential court proceedings against any of the 45 individuals so far arrested by police.”

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The Guardian, 16th April 2012

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Privacy law not needed, says committee of MP and peers – BBC News

Posted March 27th, 2012 in injunctions, news, privacy, reports, select committees by sally

“Parliament should not introduce a new privacy law, even in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World, a report says.”

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BBC News, 27th March 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Freedom of Information and the Seven Year Itch – 11 KBW

Posted March 19th, 2012 in freedom of information, news, select committees by sally

“The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) came fully into force on 1st January 2005. Since then there has been a right of access to information, on request, exercisable against a wide range of public authorities. So we have a little over 7 years’ experience of a fully functioning FOIA regime.”

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11 KBW, 16th March 2012

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Ken Clarke’s abolition of legal watchdog to be challenged by MPs – The Guardian

Posted March 8th, 2012 in news, ombudsmen, reports, select committees by sally

“Ken Clarke’s plans to abolish the quango that monitors thousands of legal tribunals and ombudsmen rulings will be challenged on Thursday by a committee of MPs.”

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The Guardian, 8th March 2012

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Ken Clarke unsettled by criticism of secret courts plan – The Guardian

“The justice secretary, Ken Clarke, has admitted to being ‘unsettled’ by criticism from lawyers about his plans for extending secret courts.”

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The Guardian, 6th March 2012

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Another step forward for libel reform – The Guardian

Posted March 6th, 2012 in bills, defamation, news, select committees by sally

“With the Leveson inquiry into media ethics and practices attracting so much attention, it was easy to overlook another contribution to the debate about media law last week: the government’s response to the draft defamation bill.”

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The Guardian, 5th March 2012

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Ministers to decide on ‘missing’ people law change – BBC News

Posted December 1st, 2011 in missing persons, mortgages, news, select committees by sally

“Ministers will decide by next April whether to change the law on missing people in England and Wales.”

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BBC News, 30th November 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk