Archive for the 'internet' Category

Websites should notify EU users about privacy breaches, says justice commissioner – OUT-LAW.com

“Europe-wide laws which require telecommunications companies to notify users if their data is at risk should be extended, the European justice commissioner has said.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 5th May 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Parliamentary committee suspends intellectual property rights inquiry – OUT-LAW.com

“A parliamentary committee has dropped its inquiry into the Digital Economy Act (DEA) and whether it is the right mechanism to protect copyright on the internet.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 3rd May 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Cyber-stalking laws: police review urged – BBC News

“A senior police officer is calling on the government to review whether laws governing cyber-stalking in the UK are fit for purpose.”

Full story

BBC News, 1st May 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

‘Facebook juror’ in contempt case – BBC News

“Contempt proceedings are to begin against a juror who allegedly contacted a defendant through Facebook during a drugs trial, causing it to collapse.”

Full story

BBC News, 20th April 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Filesharing: BT and TalkTalk fail in challenge to Digital Economy Act – The Guardian

“Government plans to curb illegal filesharing received a significant boost on Wednesday, as a judicial review of the controversial Digital Economy Act failed to halt the legislation.”

Full story

The Guardian, 20th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Court results put on Twitter by West Midlands Police – BBC News

“Results from cases heard at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court are being put on Twitter by West Midlands Police.”

Full story

BBC News, 19th April 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Law Soc and Bar Council urged to take action over Solicitors from Hell site – The Lawyer

“The Law Society and Bar Council should investigate defamatory comments made on the Solicitors from Hell website to find an effective route of redress for firms named on the website, a High Court has said.”

Full story

The Lawyer, 18th April 2011

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Government publishes cookie law plans and says browser settings cannot give consent – OUT-LAW.com

“Browser settings alone cannot be used by web users to give consent to their behaviour being tracked under a new EU law, the UK Government has said. The Government said that it will implement the EU law by a 25 May deadline.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 18th April 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

CPS decides no prosecution of BT and Phorm for alleged interception of browsing data – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided not to consent to a request from an individual to begin a prosecution of BT Group Plc and Phorm Inc in relation to alleged unlawful interception of internet browsing data.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 8th April 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Lawcast 182: Emily Allbon, Law Librarian at City Law School on research skills, law resources and social media – Charon QC

“Today I am talking to Emily Allbon, law Librarian at City University and the editor of the excellent Lawbore resource website. Research skills lie at the root of all legal work, whether in academe or practice, so we are going to look at the skills needed and resources available to law students and lawyers in the modern era. We may even have time to look at the value of legal blogging and social media for younger lawyers and not so young lawyers.”

Podcast

Charon QC, 14th April 2011

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Transport directory infringed Yellow Pages trade marks, court finds – OUT-LAW.com

“The use of ‘yellow pages’ in the domain http://www.transport-yellow-pages.com breached trade mark regulations, a court has ruled. A person finding the website in the UK could think it belonged to Yell, the England and Wales Patent County Court said.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 14th April 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Government needs more costs information for online content storage plans – OUT-LAW.com

“The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) had consulted with publishers and legal deposit libraries (LDLs) over plans for libraries to have access to online, as well as printed, content.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 12th April 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

BT and Phorm escape prosecution for secret wiretaps – Daily Telegraph

“BT and Phorm will not face prosecution for trials of technology that secretly intercepted and profiled the broadband traffic of tens of thousands of people, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 8th April 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Cyberstalking ‘now more common’ than face-to-face stalking – The Guardian

“Cyberstalking is now more common than physical harassment, according to new figures due to be released next week, with many victims finding themselves pursued by complete strangers online.”

Full story

The Guardian, 8th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Digital Economy Act: filesharing code delayed by six months – The Guardian

“The government’s code to clamp down on illegal filesharing will not come into force for another six months as the Digital Economy Act is held up by a high court challenge.”

Full story

The Guardian, 5th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Solicitors from Hell ‘abusing court process’, judge finds – Law Society’s Gazette

“The owner of Solicitors from Hell, the website that blacklists law firms and solicitors, has been accused by a High Court judge of abusing the process of the court.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 1st April 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Digital music player ads must not encourage copying, rules ad regulator – OUT-LAW.com

“A company must change the way it advertises its digital music player because the ads encourage people to copy music in a way that breached copyright law, the advertising industry regulator has said.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 31st March 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

ECJ asked to rule on crucial internet publishing jurisdiction issue – OUT-LAW.com

“The Court of Appeal has asked the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to decide whether online publishing takes place where information is hosted or where it is read.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 30th March 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Superinjunction scores legal first for nameless financier in libel action – The Guardian

“A wealthy financier involved in a family dispute has made British legal history by winning anonymity in a libel case. This latest court attempt to censor internet material has led to claims that free speech is being further eroded in Britain.”

Full story

The Guardian, 29th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Cyber-stalking should be a criminal offence, MPs say – BBC News

“Cyber-stalking should be made a criminal offence, says a group of MPs calling for an overhaul of the law.”

Full story

BBC News, 30th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Digital Economy Act: further delay to illegal downloading measures – The Guardian

“Plans to send thousands of warning letters to alleged illegal downloaders have been delayed until next year as the government’s embattled Digital Economy Act is held up by a high court judicial review.”

Full story

The Guardian, 28th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lily Allen wins damages over Mail Online article – The Guardian

“Lily Allen has won damages from Associated Newspapers in a privacy and copyright action relating to pictures of her home published by Mail Online.”

Full story

The Guardian, 23rd March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Become a Barrister: Bar Council and Inns of Court Launch New Careers Website – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, along with the four Inns of Court, has today launched a new careers website to provide a range of accessible information to school and university students. ‘Become a barrister’ (www.become-a-barrister.com) is a new portal for anyone interested in a career at the Bar and includes a series of films and case studies aimed at demystifying entry to the profession.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 22nd March 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Filesharing curbs face high court delays – The Guardian

“Government plans to curb illegal filesharing could be delayed for at least a year as its most contentious measures are battled out in the high court.”

Full story

The Guardian, 21st March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Digital Economy Act: ‘rushed’ anti-piracy laws delayed until 2012 – Daily Telegraph

“The Government has admitted that it cannot implement legislation to curb internet piracy until spring 2012 at the earliest, as it prepares for a legal battle in the High Court.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 21st March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

PCC investigates Melanie Phillips’ Spectator blog – The Guardian

“A Melanie Phillips blogpost on the Spectator website which referred to the ‘moral depravity’ of Arab ‘savages’ is being investigated by the Press Complaints Commission.”

Full story

The Guardian, 18th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The future of legal blogging – The Times

We have been included in The Times newspaper’s list of ‘best legal blogs’ – The future of legal blogging (you will need a subscription to access this).

Judge considers costs for ACS Law – BBC News

“Controversial law firm ACS Law returned to court on Wednesday as the cases it brought against alleged file-sharers were officially closed.”

Full story

BBC News, 16th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

EU to force social network sites to enhance privacy – The Guardian

“‘Right to be forgotten’ would ensure users of Facebook and other sites could completely erase personal data.”

Full story

The Guardian, 16th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

British lawyer uses Facebook to serve court summons – Daily Telegraph

“A lawyer has used Facebook to serve a court summons, in what is believed to be the first such case in Britain.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 14th March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Damages awarded in first UK Twitter libel action – Law Society’s Gazette

“A Welsh councillor has been ordered to pay damages in what is believed to be the first libel action resulting from comments posted on Twitter.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 15th March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Defamation Bill intended to kill off ‘libel tourism’ – The Independent

“Major changes to Britain’s antiquated defamation laws will be outlined by ministers today with the publication of a bill to provide greater protection for free speech and an end to ‘libel tourism’.”

Full story

The Independent, 15th March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Twitter libel: Caerphilly councillor pays rival £3,000 – BBC News

“A Caerphilly county councillor is to pay £3,000 and costs to a political rival for posting a libellous comment on Twitter.”

Full story

BBC News, 10th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

CPS statement following the conviction of Terence Brown – Crown Prosecution Service

“Following the conviction of Terence Brown, Moira Macmillan, CPS Counter Terrorism Division lawyer said: ‘Terence Brown made money from producing and selling CD-Roms which contained details of step-by-step instructions that could be used by anyone planning or committing a terrorist attack.’ ”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 9th March 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Legal bodies fear government interference – Law Society’s Gazette

“The independence of the legal profession is being threatened by government ‘diktats’ ordering that the websites of three legal quangos be closed, the chair of the Legal Services Consumer Panel (LSCP) told a House of Lords debate this week.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 10th March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Spurned lover is first person jailed for stalking by blog – Daily Telegraph

“A hospital administrator has made legal history as the first man to be jailed in Britain for using an internet blog to stalk a woman.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 10th March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Ofcom will assess UK’s networks from March until May to comply with DEA – OUT-LAW.com

“Telecoms regulator Ofcom will assess the quality of the UK’s telecoms networks for a two month period before delivering its first infrastructure report to the Government in August, it has said.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 9th March 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Government working on browser solution for new cookie law, says spokesman – OUT-LAW.com

“The Government is working with browser manufacturers to create new settings that will help businesses comply with a controversial new EU law on cookies that is due to come into force in May.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 8th March 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Judgment in contempt case should serve as a shot across the bows – The Guardian

“Linking to prejudicial past material could damage the integrity of criminal trials, online publishers warned.”

Full story

The Guardian, 4th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bmibaby court defeat gives hope to passengers let down by flight sites – The Guardian

“A woman who was overcharged by £1,300 on bmibaby’s website – when she was booking flights so a friend could visit his terminally ill father – has won a court victory against the budget airline.”

Full story

The Guardian, 5th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Sun and Daily Mail guilty of contempt over online photo in murder case – The Guardian

“The Sun and the Daily Mail have been found guilty of contempt of court for publishing a picture of a murder trial defendant posing with a gun on their websites.”

Full story

The Guardian, 3rd March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Full judgment: Attorney general v Associated Newspapers and News Group Newspapers – The Guardian

“Read the judgment from the high court finding the Mail Online and Sun Online guilty of contempt after publishing online image of accused man with pistol during murder trial.”

Full story

The Guardian, 3rd March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Teenagers jailed for running £16m internet crime forum – The Guardian

“Three teenagers who founded and operated one of the world’s largest English-language internet crime forums, described in court as ‘Crimebook’, have been sentenced to up to five years in custody.”

Full story

The Guardian, 2nd March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

ISPs must advertise average broadband speeds, not ‘up to’ speeds, says Ofcom – OUT-LAW.com

“ISPs should be forced to advertise the typical speeds available on internet access packages and not the theoretical maximum currently advertised, telecoms regulator Ofcom has said. They should also not be allowed to cap ‘unlimited’ services.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 2nd March 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Court rules that newspaper does not have to identify commenters – The Guardian

“Defamation attempt fails as high court rules that anonymous comments on the Daily Mail’s website are little more than ‘pub talk’.”

Full story

The Guardian, 1st March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Advertising watchdog to monitor website words – BBC News

“How companies talk about themselves on Twitter feeds or Facebook profiles is to be policed like adverts.”

Full story

BBC News, 1st March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Newspaper does not have to identify anonymous commenters, rules High Court – OUT-LAW.com

“The Daily Mail does not have to identify the people behind two anonymously posted comments on its website because to do so would breach their rights to privacy, the High Court has said.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 28th February 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Terrorist propaganda student Mohammed Gul jailed – BBC News

“A law student who posted Islamic terrorist propaganda on the internet after becoming radicalised has been jailed for five years.”

Full story

BBC News, 25th February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Law student convicted over terror videos – The Independent

“A law student who posted Islamic terrorist propaganda on the internet was facing jail today (24 February).”

Full story

The Independent, 24th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Law in Action – BBC Radio 4

“The attempt to extradite Julian Assange to Sweden has raised several legal issues. In the first of the new series Joshua Rozenberg asks whether Julian Assange’s lawyer Mark Stephens overstepped the mark by declaring the innocence of his client. He asks the United States legal representative in the UK, Amy Jeffress, if the extradition arrangements between the US and UK need changing and he looks at whether the media should be tweeting from court.”

iPlayer link

BBC Radio 4, 22nd February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Facebook threatens to sue Daily Mail over paedophile story – The Guardian

“Facebook is threatening legal action against the Daily Mail amid a dispute over the headline of a front page story that named the social networking website in the context of a story about a paedophile gang operating in Devon.”

Full story

The Guardian, 22nd February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

OFT warns misleading ‘money advice’ firm

“The OFT has ordered Money Advice Direct Limited (MADL), a firm that introduces struggling borrowers to debt management companies, to stop using misleading advertising that presents it as a source of free help.”

Full story

The Guardian, 22nd February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lawyer wins £10,000 damages from Solicitors from Hell owner – Law Society’s Gazette

“A judge has condemned the owner of the Solicitors from Hell website for his conduct when committing a serious libel against a young solicitor.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 17th February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Gold-buying websites forced to change trading practices – The Guardian

“The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has clamped down on gold-buying websites, forcing three firms to make changes to their business practices and two to cease trading altogether.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New powers to vet online adverts – BBC News

“People who use the internet are about to get a new opportunity to complain about company websites.”

Full story

BBC News, 11th February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk


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