News: Statement in Open Court: Damages against four newspapers awarded to “Police Notice” biker over false impersonation claims

19 05 2019

In a Statement in Open Court [pdf] read before Jay J on 16 May 2019 it was recorded that a motorcycle enthusiast had won libel claims against four national newspapers that had falsely claimed he attempted to deceive the public into believing he was a police officer. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Prior restraint of campaigning for a peaceful but unauthorised demonstration violated Article 10 – Ronan Ó Fathaigh and Dirk Voorhoof

18 05 2019

On 30 April 2019, in Kablis v. Russia, the Third Section of the European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”) unanimously found that the blocking by Russian authorities of an activist’s social networking account and entries on his blog had breached his right to freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Read the rest of this entry »





The ‘Christchurch Call’ is just a start. Now we need to push for systemic change – Kevin Veale

17 05 2019

File 20190516 69186 15si7o9.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The “Christchurch Call” summit has made specific progress, with tech companies and world leaders signing an agreement to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online. The question now is how we collectively follow up on its promise. Read the rest of this entry »





Tackling misinformation and disinformation online – Ashley Hurst

16 05 2019

This post explains why I think the Government’s White Paper on Online Harms and its so-called “duty of care” is not the answer to online disinformation and why the way forward should be focussed on technology and education. Read the rest of this entry »





How do I access my loved one’s Apple account after their death? – Himsworth Scott

15 05 2019

What happens to our digital assets when we die is a question that has still not been finally answered. Here we provide information about developments and how you may be able to take action on social or digital media after a loved one dies.
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Case Law: Høiness v Norway, Refusal to impose liability for anonymous comments online did not breach Article 8 – Samuel Rowe

14 05 2019

In a judgment handed down on 19 March 2019 (Høiness v Norway, no 43624/14), the European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”) refused to impose liability on an Internet forum for anonymous comments that had been published on its site. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 13 May 2019

13 05 2019

The President of Family Division has published draft guidance as to reporting in the Family Courts [pdf]. There is a consultation running until 30 June 2019. This covered on the Transparency Project blog and there are reports in the Law Society Gazette and in the Press Gazette. Read the rest of this entry »





The Rule of Law and the Online Harms White Paper – Graham Smith

12 05 2019

Before the publication of the Online Harms White Paper on 8 April 2019 I proposed a Ten Point Rule of Law test to which it might usefully be subjected. Read the rest of this entry »





Anonymity and a Vulnerable Individual: The Troubling Case of Justyna – Valerie Eliot Smith

11 05 2019

On 8 March 2019, interim judgment was handed down in the apparently unremarkable case of Justyna Zeromska-Smith v United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust [2019] EWHC 552(QB). The decision appears to have been based on the following reasoning: Read the rest of this entry »





Facebook wants to combat fake news with ID checks: with ‘grave implications’ for our privacy – Fadi Safieddine

10 05 2019

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The last time I recall someone demanding: “Show me your ID” was on the streets of Beirut during the final days of the civil war. Now, I get the same thing when I log into Facebook. Read the rest of this entry »