Half of rape victims drop out of cases even after suspect is identified – The Guardian

‘Almost half of rape victims are dropping out of investigations, as a growing proportion do not want to pursue a prosecution even when a suspect has been identified, according to a Cabinet Office report leaked to the Guardian.’

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The Guardian, 10th November 2019

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5G – a new problem for consistory courts? – Law & Religion UK

‘On 12 October, The Times carried the headline Councils block 5G as scare stories spread, and commented “[c]onspiracy theorists spreading health scares about the 5G mobile network are pressuring local authorities to ban the technology from their towns. A number of Councils including Totnes in Devon, Glastonbury, Frome and Shepton Mallet, have imposed a ban on 5G installations, until they were satisfied that it was safe”. The issue is yet to be raised in the consistory courts, but in view of the Church of England’s recent encouragement for the introduction of this technology in churches, this is a timely point at which to consider the issues this raises.’

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Law & Religion UK, 1st November 2019

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Mobile phone loophole for filming drivers ‘to be closed’ – BBC News

Posted November 1st, 2019 in fines, internet, news, road safety, telecommunications, video recordings by sally

‘The government plans to close a legal loophole that has allowed drivers who use mobile phones to film or take photographs to escape prosecution.’

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BBC News, 1st November 2019

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Paul Burrell and James Hewitt among latest phone-hacking cases – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2019 in interception, media, news, privacy, telecommunications by tracey

‘Princess Diana’s former lover James Hewitt and her butler Paul Burrell are among dozens of individuals who have joined Prince Harry in the latest round of phone-hacking claims against tabloid newspaper publishers.’

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The Guardian, 21st October 2019

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Driver who killed safety patrol cyclist while on phone before fleeing scene jailed – The Independent

Posted October 3rd, 2019 in accidents, bereavement, dangerous driving, news, sentencing, telecommunications by tracey

‘A hit-and-run driver who killed a safety patrol cyclist while on his phone driving the wrong way down a one-way street has been jailed.’

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The Independent, 3rd October 2019

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Google ‘tracking iPhone users’ case goes ahead – BBC News

‘Legal action brought against Google for allegedly tracking the personal data of four million iPhone users can go ahead in the UK, three judges have ruled.’

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BBC News, 2nd October 2019

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Service by Whatsapp? – Family Law

‘In a recent dispute between cohabitees, the court has upheld an order that a claim form could be served on a defendant out of the jurisdiction by way of a Whatsapp message.’

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Family Law, 4th September 2019

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Conservative MP Andrew Griffiths cleared of wrongdoing over sexting scandal – The Independent

‘An MP who bombarded two young women with lewd text messages has been cleared of wrongdoing by the parliamentary standards watchdog.’

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The Independent, 9th September 2019

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Doublethink in the High Court: using a mobile phone whilst driving does not necessarily mean “using” it – Park Square Barristers

‘On 31st July 2019 Lady Justice Thirlwall DBE and Mr Justice Goss handed down the judgment of the High Court on what amounts to “using a hand-held mobile telephone or other hand-held interactive communication device” whilst driving in DPP v Barreto [2019] EWHC 2044 (Admin).’

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Park Square Barristers, 12th August 2019

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Monitoring of mobile phones – rights groups challenge police – The Guardian

‘The refusal by police forces to disclose whether they are exploiting covert surveillance technology to track mobile phones is to be challenged at a tribunal next week.’

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The Guardian, 20th August 2019

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MPs call for tougher penalties on drivers using mobile phones – The Guardian

‘Tougher restrictions on drivers using mobile phones, including extending the ban to hands-free devices, should be considered, MPs have said. The transport select committee said using any type of mobile phone while driving had potentially catastrophic consequences. The MPs called for more severe penalties “commensurate with the risks”, as road deaths linked to phone use have risen steadily over the past decade.’

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The Guardian, 13th August 2019

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£100 million crackdown on crime in prison – Ministry of Justice

‘Airport-style security and cutting-edge technology to crack down on criminal activity in prisons.’

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Ministry of Justice, 13th August 2019

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Motorists could challenge convictions for driving while using their phones after man has case overturned – Daily Telegraph

‘Motorists could challenge their convictions for driving while using their phone after a man has had his case overturned after he filmed a road collision.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st July 2019

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Only 3% of rape claims in London result in convictions, study says – The Guardian

Posted July 31st, 2019 in London, news, police, privacy, prosecutions, rape, statistics, telecommunications, victims by sally

‘Only 3% of rape allegations in London result in convictions, a study has found, prompting the capital’s victims’ commissioner to call for an end to the “excessive intrusion into personal data” demanded when a person makes an allegation.’

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The Guardian, 31st July 2019

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Victims of rape have only 1.4 per cent chance of the case being solved, new figures show – Daily Telegraph

‘Theft and rape are among ten offences where the chances of cases being solved has fallen to below one in 50 or two per cent, the lowest rates on record, an analysis of new Home Office figures reveals.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th July 2019

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New Victims’ commissioner sparks row with prosecutors as she says policy of taking rape victims’ phones is being used to discredit them – Daily Telegraph

‘The new Victims’ Commissioner has sparked a row after accusing prosecutors and police of taking “irrelevant” personal information from rape victims’ phones that discredits them.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th July 2019

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‘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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Coroners link eleven deaths to glitches in NHS 111 and 999 systems – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 16th, 2019 in bereavement, children, coroners, hospitals, inquests, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘The deaths of eleven patients, including two young children, have been linked to glitches in the algorithms used by the NHS 111 and 999 services.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th July 2019

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Clash of rights of operators and landowner rights to redevelop clarified by Tribunal – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 15th, 2019 in landlord & tenant, leases, news, planning, telecommunications by tracey

‘Land owners can prevent telecoms operators installing telecoms equipment on their property if they have a “firm, settled and unconditional intention” of redeveloping the sites the operators have earmarked, and can show that they have a reasonable prospect of being able to carry out their redevelopment plans, a tribunal has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th July 2019

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The Warwick ‘rape chat’ case exposes universities’ failings on sexual violence – The Guardian

‘A series of mishandled sexual assault cases have shown how university policies aren’t supporting students.’

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The Guardian, 11th July 2019

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