Law and Media Round Up – 18 December 2017

18 12 2017

The Michaelmas legal term ends on Thursday 21 December 2017.  The Hilary legal term will begin on Wednesday 11 January 2018.  This will be the last Law and Media Round Up of 2017. Read the rest of this entry »





Privacy and the Princess: Publication of Information about Settlement Offers – Transparency Project Reporting Watch

17 12 2017

Once upon a time, His Royal Highness Louis Xavier Marie Guillauime, Prince of Luxembourg, Prince of Nassau and Prince of Bourbon-Parma married Tessy Antony, now Her Royal Highness Tessy Princess of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau and Princess of Bourbon-Parma. Unfortunately, they did not live happily ever after, as, after 11 years of marriage and two children, they are now divorcing in the High Court in London. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: David v Hosany, Cogent evidence required to defeat the qualified privilege defence – Tom Double

16 12 2017

In the case of David v Hosany [2017] EWHC 2787 (QB), His Honour Judge Moloney QC considered a libel claim brought by the claimant, a Governor of the East London Foundation NHS Trust, in respect of three publications by the defendant, another Governor of the same Trust. These publications alleged that the claimant had intimidated and harassed the defendant, with two of the publications containing allegations of sexual harassment. Read the rest of this entry »





Canada: Why governments must not block social media criticism – Justin Safayeni and Andrea Gonsalves

15 12 2017

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In the digital era, politicians and government agencies frequently find themselves the target of criticism on social media. There have been some startling news stories this year of public authorities blocking users or deleting unwelcome posts on social media sites, effectively silencing dissenting views in popular online forums. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Supreme Court considers privacy rights in the digital age – Oliver Persey

14 12 2017

On Wednesday 29 November 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States (“the Court”) heard oral argument in Carpenter v. the United States. The issue in Carpenter is whether a warrantless seizure and search of records showing the location of a person’s mobile phone (Cell-Site Location Information – CSLI) over the course of 5 months is permitted by the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Read the rest of this entry »





Tinker, Tailor, Protestor, Spy: Corporate “intelligence” and legal remedies – Kirsten Sjøvoll

13 12 2017

The Guardian has reported that two corporate intelligence firms spied on protestors on behalf of a number of large companies, including British Airways, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Caterpillar, and Porsche. Read the rest of this entry »





Social networking sites may be controlling your mind: here’s how to take charge – Simon McCarthy-Jones

12 12 2017
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How can you live the life you want to, avoiding the distractions and manipulations of others? To do so, you need to know how you work. “Know thyself”, the Ancients urged. Sadly, we are often bad at this. Read the rest of this entry »