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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Court to hear challenge to GCHQ bulk hacking of phones and computers – The Guardian

‘A challenge to GCHQ’s use of non-specific warrants to authorise the bulk hacking of smartphones, computers and networks in the UK is starting at the court of appeal.
The case, brought by the campaign group Privacy International (PI), is the latest twist in a protracted battle about both the legality of bulk surveillance and the primacy of civil courts over an intelligence tribunal that operates partly in secret.’

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The Guardian, 5th October 2017

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Ofcom chief defends decision to cap spectrum auction – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 4th, 2017 in competition, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Ofcom chief executive Sharon White has defended the telecoms regulator’s decision to put a limit on the amount of mobile spectrum an operator can control, after legal action was launched by two companies.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd October 2017

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Killer Aidan McAteer’s sentence increased over social media use – BBC News

Posted September 22nd, 2017 in appeals, dangerous driving, homicide, internet, news, sentencing, telecommunications by sally

‘A hit-and-run killer has had his jail term increased after he put posts on social media from inside prison.’

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BBC News, 21st September 2017

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News Group settles 17 cases related to allegations of criminality at the Sun – The Guardian

Posted September 8th, 2017 in compensation, interception, media, news, privacy, telecommunications by tracey

‘The publisher of the Sun and the defunct News of the World has settled 17 cases of phone hacking and illegally obtaining personal information, avoiding a high-profile court case.’

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The Guardian, 7th September 2017

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Use of cloud-based communications raises challenges over compliance with FOI laws, says watchdog – OUT-LAW.com

‘The use of cloud-based communications tools by employees of public sector bodies presents challenges over the way those organisations comply with freedom of information (FOI) laws in the UK, the information commissioner has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, September 2017

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Talk about a revolution: the internet and children proceedings – Family Law Week

Posted August 23rd, 2017 in children, evidence, internet, news, privacy, telecommunications by sally

‘Jennifer Kotilaine, barrister of 3PB, reflects on the various ways in which the application of children law has adapted to the internet and social media and on the further adaptations that may lie ahead.’

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Family Law Week, 17th August 2017

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Pension cold-calling ban to include texts and emails – BBC News

Posted August 21st, 2017 in bills, electronic mail, fraud, news, pensions, telecommunications by sally

‘A forthcoming ban on cold-callers who try to scam people out of their pension savings will include emails and texts, the government has announced.’

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BBC News, 20th August 2017

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Your chance to shape new cyber-security rules – Technology Law Update

Posted August 17th, 2017 in computer crime, consultations, EC law, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Amid the noise about the introduction of data privacy reforms under Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation, the GDPR, less attention has been paid to the Network and Information Systems Directive. The NIS Directive calls on EU member states to introduce cyber-security requirements for “Operators of Essential Services” (OESs), with a less stringent set of obligations for certain groups of “Digital Services Providers” (DSPs).’

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Technology Law Update, 16th August 2017

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

HMP Aylesbury officer jailed over sex texts to inmate – BBC News

‘A prison officer has been jailed after she had an inappropriate relationship with a young inmate.’

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BBC News, 10th August 2017

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BT wins legal challenge against Ofcom’s definition of business broadband markets – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 28th, 2017 in competition, internet, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘Plans to require BT to allow competing telecoms companies access to spare telecoms capacity, so that they can deliver rival broadband services to business customers, have been “quashed” by the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 28th July 2017

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UK laws to boost digital infrastructure come into force – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 20th, 2017 in codes of practice, internet, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘UK laws designed to support the deployment of new digital infrastructure have now come into force.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th July 2017

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Crackdown on drugs, drones and mobile phones in prisons – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 13th, 2017 in aircraft, drug abuse, enforcement, news, press releases, prisons, telecommunications by tracey

‘A huge haul of drugs and mobile phones has been recovered since the introduction of detection measures to crackdown on prison contraband.’

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Ministry of Justice, 9th July 2017

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Nottingham woman jailed for 1,800 ‘abusive’ 999 calls – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2017 in assault, emergency services, news, sentencing, telecommunications by tracey

‘An abusive caller who rang 999 more than 1,800 times has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 12th July 2017

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CMA plans to be ‘single port of call’ for regulated businesses seeking leniency from cartel prosecutions and fines – OUT-LAW.com

‘Businesses operating in the financial services, energy or telecoms sectors are to be encouraged to report their involvement in cartels directly to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) under proposals put forward by the regulator.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd July 2017

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200 drivers a day caught using phones on UK roads after crackdown – The Guardian

Posted May 30th, 2017 in news, road traffic, statistics, telecommunications by sally

‘More than 200 drivers a day were caught using their mobile phones illegally in the wake of a crackdown on the practice.’

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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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk