How much is your data worth to tech companies? US Lawmakers want to tell you, but it’s not that easy to calculate – Samuel Lengen

16 07 2019

New proposed legislation by U.S. senators Mark R. Warner and Josh Hawley seeks to protect privacy by forcing tech companies to disclose the “true value” of their data to users. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 15 July 2019

15 07 2019

Confidential emails from the UK’s ambassador in Washington which criticised President Donald Trump were leaked. The Mail on Sunday published the leak in which the Trump administration had been labelled “inept”, insecure and incompetent, Sir Kim Darroch said that the White House was “uniquely dysfunctional” and “divided” under Donald Trump. The BBC had a piece. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Appeals court rules against Trump blocking critics on Twitter – Clay Calvert

14 07 2019

A federal appeals court in New York has upheld a lower court’s ruling that President Donald Trump cannot block people from following or viewing his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account. Read the rest of this entry »





Does UK tech policy show a lack of coordination? – Damian Tambini

13 07 2019

It has been an extraordinarily busy year in UK tech policy. The Furman Review reported on digital competition, recommending changes to competition law and a new regulator to deal with data dominance, competition and consumer welfare. Read the rest of this entry »





BA’s record fine could help make the public take data security more seriously – John McAlaney

12 07 2019

British Airways (BA) has received a record fine of £183m after details of around 500,000 of its customers were stolen in a data breach in summer 2018. The fine was possible thanks to new rules introduced last year by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which gave the British regulator powers to impose much larger penalties on companies that fail to protect their customers’ data. Read the rest of this entry »





Suppressing undesired vocabulary: Advocate General on the registration of the trade mark ‘Fack Ju Göhte’ – Alexandros Antoniou

11 07 2019

On 2 July 2019, Advocate General (AG) Bobek delivered his opinion in Case C-240/18 P Constantin Film Produktion GmbH v European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), advising that the EUIPO’s decision to reject the registration of the trade mark ‘Fack Ju Göhte’ because it was too offensive should be annulled. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Butt v Home Secretary, Honest Opinion Defence Clarified – Samuel Rowe

10 07 2019

On 6 June 2019, judgment in an appeal brought by Dr Salman Butt against the Home Secretary was handed down by the Court of Appeal ([2019] EWCA Civ 933).  The case concerned an action in libel which had arisen from the publication of a press release on the government’s Prevent policy. Read the rest of this entry »





Will we discover when the Queen can be required to give evidence in court? – Robin Callender Smith

9 07 2019

The Government has been ordered to disclose information that will address the long-running Regina v Regina constitutional conundrum: when can the Queen, as reigning monarch, be asked or required to give evidence in her own courts? Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 8 July 2019

8 07 2019

Tommy Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, could face prison again after being found in contempt of court for filming defendants in a criminal trial and broadcasting the footage on social media. Read the rest of this entry »





The dangers of deepfake technology: the newest form of revenge porn? – Himsworth Scott

7 07 2019

Following on from our post in December 2018 which looked at ‘deepfake’ technology, below we consider the challenges posed by the use of such technology to create fake pornographic content and, in particular, what legal and practical recourse might be available to victims. Read the rest of this entry »