PPI firm fined £350,000 for making 75 million spam calls in four months – The Independent

‘A PPI company that made 75 million nuisance calls in just four months has been fined £350,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office. The director of Miss-sold Products UK Ltd will not face any punishment despite the company he ran “blatantly ignoring the law” because of shortcomings in existing legislation, the ICO said on Wednesday.’

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The Independent, 17th January 2018

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BT faces £120m Phones 4u claim after High Court defeat – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 18th, 2018 in contracts, insolvency, news, private equity, telecommunications by tracey

‘Phones 4u has dealt a blow to Britain’s biggest mobile operator from beyond the grave, winning a key battle in a long campaign by its administrators to extract £120m in unpaid commission from EE.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th January 2018

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Another £400k penalty for a cyber security breach – Technology Law Update

Posted January 15th, 2018 in data protection, EC law, fines, news, penalties, telecommunications by sally

‘The Information Commissioner’s Office has imposed a £400,000 fine on mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse following a 2015 cyber attack. Originating from an IP address in Vietnam, the hack went on for 15 days before detection. It exposed the personal data of more than three million customers and 1,000 members of staff.’

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Technology Law Update, 11th January 2018

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Murdered woman was left without phone by police investigators – BBC News

Posted January 9th, 2018 in domestic violence, murder, news, reports, telecommunications, victims by sally

‘A woman who was murdered by her ex-lover was left without means of calling for help because police had seized her phone days earlier, a report has said.’

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BBC News, 8th January 2018

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Government urged to ban nuisance calls and texts from claims firms – The Guardian

‘British consumers were bombarded with 2.2bn nuisance phone calls and texts from pensions, PPI and cash-for-crash claims firms last year, according to an analysis of Ofcom data.’

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The Guardian, 8th January 2018

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Ofcom accuses Three of holding up spectrum auction after failed legal bid – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 21st, 2017 in appeals, delay, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘Mobile network Three was accused of holding up plans to bolster Britain’s mobile phone airwaves today after it sought an appeal following an unsuccessful legal challenge against Ofcom.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th December 2017

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Self-parking cars to be legalised in UK – BBC News

Posted December 20th, 2017 in consultations, news, parking, road traffic, telecommunications by sally

‘The UK government wants to modify its ban on using mobile phones behind the wheel to allow drivers to use automatic parking devices.’

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BBC News, 19th December 2017

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Ban sale of mini mobile phones, justice secretary says – BBC News

Posted December 18th, 2017 in news, prisons, sale of goods, telecommunications by sally

‘Online retailers should ban the sale of miniature mobile phones designed to be smuggled into prisons, the justice secretary has said.’

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BBC News, 17th November 2017

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Eight jailed over plot to smuggle drugs and phones into UK prisons – The Guardian

Posted December 14th, 2017 in aircraft, conspiracy, drug trafficking, news, prisons, telecommunications by sally

‘Eight people have been jailed for taking part in a plot to smuggle cannabis and mobile phones into prisons in England and Scotland using drones.’

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The Guardian, 13th December 2017

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Private probation firms criticised for supervising offenders by phone – The Guardian

Posted December 14th, 2017 in contracting out, news, probation, telecommunications by sally

‘The part-privatisation of the probation service has led to tens of thousands of offenders – up to 40% of the total – being supervised by telephone calls every six weeks instead of face-to-face meetings, the chief inspector of probation has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 14th December 2017

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MPs call for urgent ban on pensions cold calling – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 13th, 2017 in bills, financial advice, news, select committees, telecommunications by sally

‘The House of Commons Work & Pensions committee has urged the government to accelerate plans to ban pensions cold calling and provide better guidance to pensioners on their options.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th December 2017

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UK admits that Investigatory Powers Act needs updated to comply with EU law – OUT-LAW.com

‘The Investigatory Powers Act needs to be updated if it is to comply with EU law, the UK government has admitted.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st December 2017

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UK police to lose phone and web data search authorisation powers – The Guardian

Posted December 1st, 2017 in internet, investigatory powers, news, police, telecommunications by tracey

‘Senior police officers are to lose the power to self-authorise access to personal phone and web browsing records under a series of late changes to the snooper’s charter law proposed by ministers in an attempt to comply with a European court ruling on Britain’s mass surveillance powers. A Home Office consultation paper published on Thursday also makes clear that the 250,000 requests each year for access to personal communications data by the police and other public bodies will in future be restricted to investigations into crimes that carry a prison sentence of at least six months.’

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The Guardian, 30th November 2017

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UK class action accuses Google of unlawfully harvesting personal data – The Guardian

Posted November 30th, 2017 in class actions, data protection, internet, news, privacy, telecommunications by tracey

‘More than 5 million people in the UK could be entitled to compensation from Google if a class action against the internet giant for allegedly harvesting personal data is successful. A group led by the former executive director of consumer body Which?, Richard Lloyd, and advised by City law firm Mischon de Reya claims Google unlawfully collected personal information by bypassing the default privacy settings on the iPhone between June 2011 and February 2012.’

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The Guardian, 30th November 2017

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Smartphones hampering jury trials, appeal judge warns – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 29th, 2017 in internet, judges, juries, jury directions, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Smartphones and social media are causing headaches for judges, a Court of Appeal judge has warned in a speech highlighting current challenges faced in jury trials.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 27th November 2017

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Broadband firms must ditch ‘misleading’ speed ads – BBC News

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in advertising, internet, misrepresentation, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Broadband firms will no longer be able to advertise their fast net services based on the speeds just a few customers get, from May next year.’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2017

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Football agent guilty of killing man while texting behind wheel on M6 – The Guardian

Posted November 8th, 2017 in dangerous driving, homicide, news, sport, telecommunications by tracey

‘A football agent has been convicted of killing a highways worker and paralysing another in a fatal crash as he texted players while speeding in bad weather.’

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The Guardian, 7th November 2017

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Police investigate 17 child sexting cases a day – BBC news

‘Police investigations into children sharing sexual images of themselves and others have more than doubled in two years, figures have shown.’

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BBC News, 6th November 2017

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New Electronic Communications Code set to take effect in December, says government – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 23rd, 2017 in codes of practice, news, planning, regulations, telecommunications by sally

‘New rules regarding the rights and obligations that arise in relation to the deployment and maintenance of mobile phone masts and other telecoms infrastructure are “expected to take effect in December”, according to the UK government.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th October 2017

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Construction of Terms in Cross-Licensing Agreements: Koninklijke Philips N.V. v Asustek Computer Incorporation and Others – NIPC Law

‘In FRAND 8 Oct 2017 I discussed the terms upon which patents for inventions that are essential to a standard are licensed. I noted that courts around the world had held that those terms should be fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory – in other words, FRAND. The Court of Appeal’s decision in Koninklijke Philips N.V. v Asustek Computer Incorporation and Others [2017] EWCA Civ 1526 (11 Oct 2017) concerned the construction of a clause licensing such patents. It is important to note, however, that none of the judges who heard the appeal mentioned the acronym, FRAND, and it appeared only twice in the judgment of the trial judge.’

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NIPC Law, 13th October 2017

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