Mirror publisher makes £2m interim payment in ‘phone hacking’ litigation – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 7th, 2022 in costs, damages, interception, media, news, privacy, telecommunications by tracey

‘The publisher of the Daily Mirror and the People has agreed to make an interim payment of just over £2m on account of costs racked up in the most recent ongoing “phone hacking” litigation, which has seen nearly 600 claims settled so far.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 4th February 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Tougher rules from March for drivers using mobile phones – The Independent

Posted February 2nd, 2022 in dangerous driving, fines, news, road safety, telecommunications by sally

‘Drivers will face tougher rules from March when it comes to the use of mobile phones and other devices behind the wheel.’

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The Independent, 1st February 2022

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Research Briefing: The Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill 2021-22 – House of Commons Library

Posted January 26th, 2022 in bills, government departments, internet, news, parliament, telecommunications by tracey

‘This briefing explains the background and main provisions of the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill 2021-22.’

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House of Commons Library, 24th January 2022

Source: commonslibrary.parliament.uk

Financial Remedy Update, January 2022 – Family Law Week

Posted January 24th, 2022 in appeals, children, divorce, families, family courts, interception, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘Stephanie Hawthorn and Abigail Pearse, associates, and Rob Jackson, trainee solicitor, at Mills & Reeve LLP consider the most important news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during December 2021.’

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Family Law Week, 19th January 2022

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

End-to-end encryption protects children, says UK information watchdog – The Guardian

Posted January 21st, 2022 in children, data protection, delay, internet, news, ombudsmen, privacy, telecommunications by sally

‘The UK data watchdog has intervened in the debate over end-to-end encryption, warning that delaying its introduction puts “everyone at risk” including children.’

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The Guardian, 21st January 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com

UK data watchdog warns No 10 staff not to erase messages amid party probe – The Independent

‘The UK’s data watchdog has warned that it is important “official records are kept” as Downing Street staff face an investigation over allegations of lockdown-breaking.’

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The Independent, 13th January 2022

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Speech by Dame Victoria Sharp DBE: The Challenges and Opportunities Created by Digital Evidence in Criminal Cases – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Dame Victoria Sharp DBE, the President of the Queen’s Bench Division, has given a speech to the National Criminal Justice Conference.’

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Courts and tribunals Judiciary, 5th January 2022

Source: www.judiciary.uk

First things first – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 17th, 2021 in competition, damages, local government, news, public procurement, telecommunications by michael

‘Hot on the heels of Draeger Safety v London Fire Commissioner the High Court (Mr Justice Kerr) has again declined to lift the automatic suspension in a procurement dispute because an expedited trial was possible. As well as evidencing the court’s increased willingness to do so, the judgment in Vodafone Limited v (1) Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs; and (2) The British Council [2021] EWHC 2793 (TCC) contains some interesting observations on trials of preliminary issues in procurement disputes.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th December 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

‘Determined’ Carlisle paedophile jailed in vigilante snare – BBC News

Posted December 14th, 2021 in child abuse, news, sexual grooming, sexual offences, telecommunications by tracey

‘A “determined paedophile” who sent sexual messages to what he thought was a 14-year-old girl has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 14th December 2021

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

2021 c. 32 – Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Act 2021

2021 c. 31 – Telecommunications (Security) Act 2021

2021 c. 30 – Environment Act 2021

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

UK drivers face £200 fines in mobile phone clampdown – The Guardian

Posted November 19th, 2021 in fines, government departments, news, road safety, telecommunications by tracey

‘Drivers will be banned from scrolling through playlists on handheld devices from next year as part of a UK government crackdown on road safety.’

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The Guardian, 19th November 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

News focus: Where next for mass claims? – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Supreme Court’s ruling in Lloyd, blocking a multi-billion-pound claim against Google, exposes the lack of legislation providing redress in mass claims. But CPR 19.6 could offer a way forward.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th November 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Top UK court blocks legal action against Google over internet tracking – The Guardian

‘A £3bn legal action against Google over claims it secretly tracked the internet activity of millions of iPhone users has been blocked by the UK supreme court.’

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The Guardian, 10th November 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

Police watchdog raises concern over ‘canteen culture’ WhatsApp groups where officers share racist and sexist messages – The Independent

‘A watchdog has issued a warning over police officers’ “unacceptable” use of WhatsApp to share sensitive operational information and discriminatory comments.’

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The Independent, 7th November 2021

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Met police officers plead guilty over photos taken at scene of sisters’ deaths – The Guardian

‘A police officer made degrading and sexist insults about two murdered women as he shared pictures from the scene where they were found with a colleague photographing their bodies and also sharing the images via WhatsApp.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

Motorola faces competition inquiry over UK emergency services network – The Guardian

‘The UK’s competition regulator is investigating Motorola over concerns that it has “cashed in” on its monopoly over mobile networks for the UK emergency services.’

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The Guardian, 26th October 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

Ofcom orders phone networks to block foreign scam calls – BBC News

Posted October 25th, 2021 in fraud, internet, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘Major phone networks have agreed to automatically block almost all internet calls coming from abroad if they pretend to be from UK numbers, Ofcom has confirmed.’

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BBC News, 25th October 2021

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

‘Obsessed’ doctor jailed after spinning web of lies to sabotage flatmate’s relationships – The Independent

‘A jealous doctor has been jailed after orchestrating a fake campaign of abuse as part of a web of lies to sabotage his flatmate’s relationships.’

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The Independent, 18th October 2021

Source: www.independent.co.uk

UK Competition Appeal Tribunal certifies first excessive pricing class action – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 13th, 2021 in appeals, class actions, competition, damages, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has given the go-ahead to the UK’s first “excessive pricing” abuse of dominance claim, which could involve up to 2.3 million customers and damages of up to £469 million, plus interest.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th October 2021

Source: www.pinsentmasons.com

BT collective action ruling “could open the floodgates” – Legal Futures

Posted October 5th, 2021 in class actions, competition, consumer protection, news, telecommunications by sally

‘The Competition Appeal Tribunal’s (CAT) approval of a second opt-out collective action is likely to open the floodgates to more applications, it has been claimed.’

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Legal Futures, 4th October 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk