Here we go again – Government renews bid to make directors personally liable for nuisance calls – Legal Futures

Posted May 31st, 2018 in company directors, consultations, news, nuisance, telecommunications by sally

‘The government is set to finally make good on its pledge to make the directors of companies which make unsolicited nuisance calls personally liable if their firm breaks the law.’

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Legal Futures, 31st May 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

TfL wins appeal over imposition of voice contact requirement on Uber – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 30th, 2018 in appeals, London, news, taxis, telecommunications, transport by sally

‘Transport for London has won an appeal over its imposition of a ‘voice contact requirement’ on Uber.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th May 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Nuisance call bosses could be fined up to £500,000 – BBC News

Posted May 30th, 2018 in company directors, consultations, fines, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Bosses of firms which bombard people with nuisance calls could be fined up to £500,000 under government proposals to make them personally liable.’

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BBC News, 30th May 2018

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Google sued for ‘clandestine tracking’ of 4.4m UK iPhone users’ browsing data – The Guardian

Posted May 22nd, 2018 in data protection, internet, news, privacy, telecommunications by sally

‘Google is being sued in the high court for as much as £3.2bn for the alleged “clandestine tracking and collation” of personal information from 4.4 million iPhone users in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 21st May 2018

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Mirror Group forced to pay phone hacking damages to Danielle Lloyd, Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole – The Independent

Posted May 4th, 2018 in damages, interception, media, news, privacy, telecommunications by tracey

‘Mirror Group Newspapers has been forced to pay damages to a model, an actress and two former footballers over the phone hacking scandal.’

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The Independent, 3rd May 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Both sides claim victory in surveillance law challenge – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A High Court ruling today in the latest crowd-funded challenge to the government’s powers to monitor electronic communications has left both sides claiming victory. Ruling in Liberty v Home Office, Lord Justice Singh and Mr Justice Holgate ordered the government to amend a provision of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 granting powers to require telecoms operators to store records of communications, including tracking information and web browsing.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 27th April 2018

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The Leveson Inquiry Wrapped up Early, So What Does This Mean for Free Speech and Privacy? – RightsInfo

‘The public inquiry into media ethics following the phone-hacking scandal of 2011 will not be concluded in full. Why is this happening, and what does it mean for freedom of speech and our right to privacy?’

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RightsInfo, 4th April 2018

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Police Can Download All Your Smartphone’s Data Without A Warrant – RightsInfo

Posted April 6th, 2018 in consent, news, police, privacy, telecommunications, warrants by sally

‘Police officers can download the contents of your mobile phone without a warrant – even if you have not been charged with any crime.’

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RightsInfo, 3rd April 2018

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Judge uses mobile in court to solve timetable problem in ‘unorthodox’ move – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 26th, 2018 in case management, courts, judges, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘A judge broke with tradition by using a mobile phone in court to solve an administrative problem. Lawyers have praised Judge Richard Todd, a divorce court judge, who had a conversation with an office clerk in a bid to avoid a delay while overseeing a High Court case.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th March 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Watchdog faces court case over ‘lax’ broadband fibre definition – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 5th, 2018 in advertising, internet, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘Britain’s advertising watchdog is being taken to the High Court over claims its lax definition of “fibre” broadband means customers are being hoodwinked into buying slow internet packages.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th March 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Crackdown on mobile phones at the wheel has cut number offences by half – Daily Telegraph

‘A crackdown on mobile phone use at the wheel has cut the number of offences by half, new figures show.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st March 2018

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Resident wins judicial review challenge over decision on siting of radio masts – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 21st, 2018 in judicial review, news, planning, telecommunications by tracey

‘A London borough wrongly interpreted the General Permitted Development Order on the siting of radio masts, the High Court has said. Granting an application for judicial review brought by local resident Nigel Mawbey, Lang J said the London Borough of Lewisham had been wrong when it gave permission to Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure to erect the masts.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th February 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Auctions for 4G and 5G spectrum imminent following Court of Appeal ruling – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 16th, 2018 in appeals, competition, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Formal bidding for spectrum identified as central to ‘4G’ and future ‘5G’ services in the UK is set to commence after the Court of Appeal rejected a legal challenge against the rules set for the auction.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th February 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

Posted February 12th, 2018 in armed forces, flexible working, legislation, taxation, telecommunications by tracey

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Act 2018

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Act 2018

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Number of drivers prosecuted for using a mobile phone at the wheel plummets amid ‘decline in traffic officers’ – The Independent

Posted February 12th, 2018 in news, police, prosecutions, road traffic offences, statistics, telecommunications by tracey

‘The number of people found guilty of using a mobile phone at the wheel has plummeted, prompting warnings from the RAC that a drop in traffic officers means fewer offenders are being caught.’

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The Independent, 11th February 2018

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UK to review laws on ‘offensive online communications’ – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 8th, 2018 in codes of practice, internet, media, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘UK prime minister Theresa May has commissioned a review into current legislation on “offensive online communications”.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th February 2018

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Government presses ahead with cold-calling ban despite criticism of approach – Legal Futures

Posted February 7th, 2018 in claims management, news, personal injuries, telecommunications by tracey

‘The government yesterday rejected criticism that its proposed ban on cold-calling did not go far enough and voted it into the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill.’

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Legal Futures, 7th February 2018

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Mirror Group pays damages to Hugh Grant after admitting a ‘decade of unlawful intrusion’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 6th, 2018 in damages, interception, media, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘Senior figures at Mirror Group newspapers “condoned, encouraged or turned a blind eye” to a decade of widespread phone hacking and unlawful intrusion by its journalists, it has been admitted.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th February 2018

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Privacy And Porn – The New Digital Laws Explained – Rights Info

Posted January 30th, 2018 in news, pornography, privacy, telecommunications by sally

‘By April 2018, all online pornographic content in the UK will be controlled by mandatory age-verification controls under the Digital Economy Act.’

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Rights Info, 29th January 2018

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Government response on the Cyber Security consultation – Technology Law Update

Posted January 30th, 2018 in computer crime, consultations, data protection, EC law, news, telecommunications by sally

‘The Government has now published a response to its consultation the Network and Information Security Directive (also known as the Cybersecurity Directive). We provided feedback to the consultation back in September on many of the points addressed in the response, and welcome some valuable improvements to the proposals.’

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Technology Law Update, 29th January 2018

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