The European Court of Human Rights and the right to privacy in the workplace, Bărbulescu and Lopez Ribalda – Peter Coe

15 11 2019

In November I will be Chairing a panel on Data Rights and the Rule of Law at the Information Law and Policy Centre’s Annual Conference at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. This got me thinking about data protection, privacy and the Rule of Law more generally. Read the rest of this entry »





Daily Mail publication of intimate images of Congresswoman Katie Hill’s sparks a conversation about ISP liability in revenge pornography cases – Colette Allen

14 11 2019

Katie Hill, the former Representative for Los Angeles, quit Congress last Thursday after intimate photos were leaked by her ex-husband and an investigation was launched into whether she had a relationship with her subordinate. In a tearful resignation video, Hill vowed to dedicate the rest of her career to fighting revenge pornography and getting justice for victims. In the UK, the Daily Mail stuck its nose in by displaying the images on their website last week. This incident seemed as good a time as any to look into what avenues survivor-victims of revenge pornography can take under current English and Welsh law. Read the rest of this entry »





Is there a crisis in British Journalism? Consider this – Brian Cathcart

13 11 2019

A shameful catalogue of events has been unfolding, but most journalists refuse to face it – or report it.  All of these are current or recent: Read the rest of this entry »





Libel: Tinkler, Koutsogiannis and Sheikh, distinguishing natural and ordinary meaning from the reactions of a Book Club – Erica Henshilwood

12 11 2019

Since the removal of the presumption that actions will be tried by juries, the preliminary determination of ‘meaning’ has become commonplace in libel cases.  This involves the (artificial) exercise of determining the ‘single meaning’ of the words complained about. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 11 November 2019

11 11 2019

The leading phone hacking campaigner and Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson MP has announced that he is standing down as an MP. Meanwhile Byline Investigates reports that twelve editors at The Sun have been accused at the High Court of phone hacking and commissioning illegal private investigators. The list of names features members of The Sun’s leadership team stretching back more than 20 years. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Is Assange Entitled to Full First Amendment Protection? – James C Goodale

10 11 2019

At a recent panel discussion at Columbia University on Press Freedom, National Security and Whistleblowers, at which the case of Julian Assange was discussed, no one on the panel mentioned the application of the First Amendment to the defense of Julian Assange. Rather, members of the panel effectively suggested his actions could be judged by a public interest or public concern standard. Read the rest of this entry »





Global Freedom of Expression, Columbia University: Newsletter

10 11 2019

Columbia Global Freedom of Expression seeks to contribute to the development of an integrated and progressive jurisprudence and understanding on freedom of expression and information around the world.  It maintains an extensive database of international case law. This is its newsletter dealing with recent developments  in the field. Read the rest of this entry »





Territorial scope in recent CJEU cases: Google v CNIL / Glawischnig-Piesczek v Facebook – Cathryn Hopkins

9 11 2019

The Court of Justice of the European Union (the “CJEU”) has handed down a few intermediary-related judgments since September alone, and two are considered below. Although one relates to the E-Commerce Directive (the “ECD”) and the other to the Data Protection Direction (the “DPD”)/GDPR, a comparison of the judgments shows an apparently inconsistent approach of the CJEU to the territorial reach of injunctions against internet intermediaries. Read the rest of this entry »





Media regulation : Ofcom set to examine BBC Panorama anti-Semitism programme. Paddy French

8 11 2019

Which is the more professional broadcaster when it comes to investigative reporting — the BBC or Al Jazeera? That’s the intriguing question that’s going to be answered by Ofcom’s forthcoming ruling on the BBC Panorama programme Is Labour Anti-Semitic? In January 2017. Read the rest of this entry »





When Harry met his ancestors, on the way to the law courts: Volume II – Amber Melville-Brown

8 11 2019

When Harry Met his Ancestors – Volume I finished tantalizingly as we saw Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, following in the legal footsteps of her father-in-law, her sister-in-law, Queen Victoria ancestor to hubby Harry, and an anonymized non-royal, on her way to potential legal success in her privacy claim. Read the rest of this entry »