Inforrm: End of Winter Break and Looking Forward to 2013

8 01 2013

Wordle: UntitledThe Inforrm Blog today returns to regular publication after our winter break.  Although the legal vacation continues until Friday 11 January 2013, there is no shortage of media and legal news.  We have already had a weekly round up earlier this week and a number of “winter break posts” – in particular we had Judith Townend’s review of Media and Law in 2012 (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3).   Read the rest of this entry »





Lessons from Motorman, Part 3, Government action and inaction – Julian Petley

8 01 2013

ICO LogoNotwithstanding the representations of the PCC and others the proposal to toughen the sanctions for infringing the DPA were endorsed by the DCMS Committee, which stated that ‘we believe that sufficient safeguards exist to protect legitimate investigative journalism and do not believe that the introduction of custodial sentences for offences under Section 55 of the Data Protection Act 1998 would have the chilling effect claimed by the press”.  It also noted with approval the fact that the government had in February 2007 proposed to amend Section 60 of the DPA (via the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill which was then going through Parliament) so as to introduce exactly the sanction recommended by the ICO. Read the rest of this entry »