Plusnet fined £880,000 for charging more than 1,000 ex-customers – The Guardian

Posted March 23rd, 2017 in consumer protection, fines, internet, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Plusnet, the BT-owned broadband and landline company, has been fined almost £900,000 by Ofcom for continuing to charge more than 1,000 customers even though they had cancelled their accounts.’

Full story

The Guardian, 22nd March 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on Plusnet fined £880,000 for charging more than 1,000 ex-customers – The Guardian

News focus: ‘Virtual justice’ and the IT panacea – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Just over six years ago, a taxpayer funded independent study of a pilot “virtual court” concluded that: “A rollout based on the pilot’s performance and parameters is likely to cost more money than it saves. A break-even scenario may be achieved, but this is still likely to be a challenge.” ‘

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 20th March 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Comments Off on News focus: ‘Virtual justice’ and the IT panacea – Law Society’s Gazette

BT reaches deal with Ofcom to legally separate Openreach – The Guardian

Posted March 10th, 2017 in competition, news, pensions, telecommunications, transfer of undertakings by sally

‘BT has finally reached an agreement with Ofcom to legally separate Openreach, which controls the UK’s broadband infrastructure.’

Full story

The Guardian, 10th March 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on BT reaches deal with Ofcom to legally separate Openreach – The Guardian

Jaguar ad ‘encouraged unsafe driving’ rules watchdog – BBC News

Posted March 8th, 2017 in advertising, careless driving, media, news, telecommunications, transport by tracey

‘An advertorial article published in the Guardian about a new Jaguar car has been rebuked by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority.’

Full story

BBC News, 8th March 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comments Off on Jaguar ad ‘encouraged unsafe driving’ rules watchdog – BBC News

Cold-call gang jailed for £1.7 million investment scam – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted March 7th, 2017 in conspiracy, fraud, press releases, sentencing, telecommunications by tracey

‘A cold-call gang which conned dozens of victims into handing over more than £1.7 million by promoting non-existent investment opportunities have been sentenced today.’

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 6th March 2016

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Comments Off on Cold-call gang jailed for £1.7 million investment scam – Crown Prosecution Service

UK Digital Strategy – will it fill the skills gap? – Technology Law Update

‘The UK’s newly released Digital Strategy builds on the wider Industrial Strategy Green Paper published in January. While it outlines a promising series of initiatives to support digital industries, it fails to offer much positive news for those faced with a post-Brexit hiring crisis.’

Full story

Technology Law Update, 2nd March 2017

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

Comments Off on UK Digital Strategy – will it fill the skills gap? – Technology Law Update

Landline charges for 2m customers to be cut as telecoms watchdog steps in – The Guardian

Posted March 2nd, 2017 in competition, consumer protection, elderly, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Ofcom has slammed telecom providers for offering landline-only customers poor value for money, as it unveiled plans to force BT, the dominant provider, to cut bills by at least £5 a month, benefiting about 2.3 million people.’

Full story

The Guardian, 28th February 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on Landline charges for 2m customers to be cut as telecoms watchdog steps in – The Guardian

New drivers caught using phones to lose licence – BBC News

Posted March 1st, 2017 in news, penalties, road traffic offences, telecommunications by sally

‘Drivers caught using a phone within two years of passing their test will have their licence revoked under new rules in England, Scotland and Wales.’

Full story

BBC News, 1st March 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comments Off on New drivers caught using phones to lose licence – BBC News

Fines for using mobile phone while driving to double – The Independent

Posted February 28th, 2017 in careless driving, consultations, fines, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘Drivers caught using their mobile phone behind the wheel face tougher penalties from Wednesday.’

Full story

The Independent, 28th February 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Comments Off on Fines for using mobile phone while driving to double – The Independent

Watchdog forces BT to cut 2m users’ phone bills by £5 per month – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 28th, 2017 in competition, elderly, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘Watchdog Ofcom will force BT to cut phone bills of 2m customers by at least £5 per month, saying competition has failed a “vulnerable” group of elderly customers.’

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 28th February 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Comments Off on Watchdog forces BT to cut 2m users’ phone bills by £5 per month – Daily Telegraph

David Davies jailed for live-streaming Cardiff court case – BBC News

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in contempt of court, courts, internet, news, telecommunications by sally

‘A man who filmed and live-streamed a court case in Cardiff has been jailed for 28 days.’

Full story

BBC News, 22nd February 2017

Source: www.bb.co.uk

Comments Off on David Davies jailed for live-streaming Cardiff court case – BBC News

Whistleblowers endangered in digital age, says lawyers’ report – The Guardian

‘Whistleblowers need better legal protection because they are far easier to identify in the digital era and successive laws have undermined their status, according to a report by media lawyers.’

Full story

The Guardian, 22nd February 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on Whistleblowers endangered in digital age, says lawyers’ report – The Guardian

TalkTalk scam victims say it’s time for answers – The Guardian

Posted February 20th, 2017 in banking, data protection, fraud, news, telecommunications, theft by sally

‘As another customer explains how he was conned out of £6,300 after the firm’s security breach, the ICO is seemingly stalling while a class action moves closer.’

Full story

The Guardian, 18th February 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on TalkTalk scam victims say it’s time for answers – The Guardian

New law to stop adults sexting children not being enforced – The Guardian

Posted February 16th, 2017 in children, internet, news, sexual grooming, telecommunications by sally

‘Tough new laws that make it a criminal offence for an adult to send sexually explicit messages to a child under 16 are still not being enforced almost two years after they were passed by parliament, child protection campaigners have said. ‘

Full story

The Guardian, 16th February 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on New law to stop adults sexting children not being enforced – The Guardian

Four convicted over £160m sewer broadband fraud – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 8th, 2017 in bribery, fraud, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘Four men have been convicted on fraud and bribery charges over a £160m conspiracy that fooled lenders into funding the installation of ultrafast broadband networks in sewers.’

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 7th February 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Comments Off on Four convicted over £160m sewer broadband fraud – Daily Telegraph

Claims of child-on-child sexual offences soar in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘Allegations of children committing sexual offences against other children have risen 78% in England and Wales in four years, prompting renewed calls for compulsory education on sexual consent and healthy relationships.’

Full story

The Guardian, 3rd February 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on Claims of child-on-child sexual offences soar in England and Wales – The Guardian

Number of alleged child sex offences committed by other children almost doubles – Daily Telegraph

‘The number of children being investigated by police for sexual offences has almost doubled in the last four years.’

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 3rd February 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Comments Off on Number of alleged child sex offences committed by other children almost doubles – Daily Telegraph

UK police force’s monitoring of reporters’ phones ruled unlawful – The Guardian

Posted February 1st, 2017 in investigatory powers, news, police, telecommunications, tribunals by tracey

‘Investigatory powers tribunal finds there was no lawful basis for Cleveland police accessing records in leak inquiry.’

Full story

The Guardian, 31st January 2017

Source: www,guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on UK police force’s monitoring of reporters’ phones ruled unlawful – The Guardian

Teenager who praised killer of Jo Cox guilty of making pipebomb – The Guardian

‘A teenage white supremacist who lauded the killer of MP Jo Cox as a hero has been found guilty of making a pipebomb.’

Full story

The Guardian, 27th January 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on Teenager who praised killer of Jo Cox guilty of making pipebomb – The Guardian

Government takes action on county line drug gangs – Home Office

‘The Home Secretary announces plans to crack down on ‘deal-lines’ used by county line drugs gangs.’

Full press release

Home Office, 22nd January 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Comments Off on Government takes action on county line drug gangs – Home Office