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 »






Law and Media Round Up – 11 December 2017

11 12 2017

On Sunday it was announced that the notorious publicist Max Clifford died in hospital after collapsing in his cell.  He had been sentenced to 8 years imprisonment in May 2014 after being convicted of eight offences of indecent assault. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: MAC TV v Slovakia, Defamation of the dead, searching for clarity – Jonathan McCully

10 12 2017

On 28 November 2017, in MAC TV v. Slovakia, the European Court of Human Rights (European Court) found a violation of the right to freedom of expression under Article 10 of the Convention where the Broadcasting Council of Slovakia had fined a television programme for showing a lack of respect to the dignity of the President of Poland following his death in a tragic plane accident. Read the rest of this entry »





How identity data is turning toxic for big companies – Bhargav Mitra and Robert McCausland

9 12 2017

File 20171201 10155 re4sju.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Google might be in trouble for collecting the personal data of its users, but many companies have a growing incentive to rid their hands of the data that users entrust them with. This is because of growing costs of holding onto it. Read the rest of this entry »