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Law and Media Round Up – 30 June 2014

Media and Law RoundupThe Phone Hacking Trial has finally come to an end, after 8 months, with one guilty verdict (against Andrew Coulson).  The jury were unable to agree on two charges (against Andrew Coulson and Clive Goodman).   The other five defendants – Rebekah Brooks, Stuart Kuttner, Charlie Brooks, Cheryl  Carter and Mark Hanna – we acquitted on all charges. The CPS will announce, later today, whether they will seek a retrial of Messrs Coulson and Goodman on the two outstanding charges. Continue reading

Case Law, R (T) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, Criminal record check regime incompatible with Article 8 – Anita Davies

cbr_2433751bOn 18 June 2014 the Supreme Court handed down judgment in R (T) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] UKSC 35. The case concerns the mechanism governing criminal records checks (‘CRCs’) and enhanced criminal record checks (‘ECRCs’), and what an applicant is required to disclose to a potential employer. As such, the case has important ramifications for both employers and job applicants. It is also the latest development in a long running saga concerning criminal record checks and an individual’s ability, and indeed right, to put the past behind them. Continue reading

A “Super-right” to Data Protection? The Irish Facebook Case and the Future of EU Data Transfer Regulation – Christopher Kuner

Christopher KunerThe Court of Justice of the European Union has yet another data protection case on its docket, this time involving the transfer of data by Facebook from the EU to the US. Christopher Kuner Brussels-based Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen and Visiting Fellow in LSE’s Department of Law, explains what is at stake. He argues that, since invalidating the EU’s Data Retention Directive earlier this year, the Court seems increasingly to consider data protection a “super-right” and should not forget the need to balance with freedom of expression. Continue reading

The Meaning of the Hacking Trial, a free press would be a really good idea – Des Freedman

Press on SaleWhen asked what he thought of western civilisation, the Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi replied that ‘I think it would be a great idea’. The verdicts handed down from the phone hacking trial together with the information contained during the eight months at the Old Bailey suggest pretty much the same thing. We need a free and fearless press because we certainly don’t appear to have one now. Continue reading

Case Law, Israel, Plony vs Plonit, Supreme Court Upholds Decision to ban book which invaded privacy – Michael Factor

privacyThis decision by the Israel Supreme Court concerns an appeal by an author against a decision by Judge Kanfi-Steinitz of the Jerusalem District Court that included a permanent injunction prohibiting publication of his book and 200,000 Shekels in statutory damages.

The decision tackles fundamental constitutional issues and is notable for its review of Jewish sources as well as democratic ones.  The decision is available here (Civil Appeal 8954/11) as a Word document, in Hebrew.

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News: Phone Hacking Trial Book to be Published Next Month

Book JPEGThe first full “uncensored” account of the phone hacking trial by journalist Peter Jukes is to be published within weeks, Canbury Press announced today.Beyond Contempt: The Inside Story of the Hacking Trial will be speedily released in e-book format by the end of July 2014.

Peter Jukes was named Britain’s best social media journalist for his live-tweeting of the trial at the Old Bailey. Continue reading

Phone Hacking Trial: the final application, some revelations and a CPS Statement [updated]

???????????????????????The phone hacking trial of originally eight and finally seven defendants finally concluded yesterday, 25 June 2014, having begun on 28 October 2013.  It end with a verdict of guilty on Count 1, conspiracy to intercept voicemails, against former News of the World Editor Andy Coulson.  The jury were unable to agree on two charges of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office against Andy Coulson and Clive Goodman. The other five defendants – Rebekah Brooks, Stuart Kuttner, Charlie Brooks, Cheryl  Carter and Mark Hanna – we acquitted on all charges. Continue reading

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