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Month: July 2014 (Page 2 of 5)

Defamation Act 2013, A Critical Evaluation: Part 1, General Concerns – Dan Tench

Defamation ActThe Defamation Act 2013 has now been in force for just over six months.  That means that practitioners have now had the opportunity to become more familiar with its terms and effect and applying it in practice.  There have been few cases arising so far relating to its wording.  However, my own view is that the closer one looks at the legislation, the more unwelcome it becomes. Continue reading

Case Law: AB v Ministry of Justice, Subject access requests and compensation – Helen Mulligan and Owen O’Rorke

data-protection-and-cyberThe right to access to one’s own “personal data”, subject to certain exemptions and limitations, has now been part of UK law for some 30 years. Under the current Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) an individual dissatisfied with the response to his or her “subject access request” (or “SAR”) can effectively choose whether to enforce those rights via the courts, or via the UK regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”). Continue reading

Case Law, Strasbourg: Axel Springer AG v Germany (No.2), The Politics of Article 10 – Alexia Bedat

Was-verdient-er-wirklich-beim-Gas-Pip-2-The Fifth Section of the European Court of Human Rights forcefully reiterated the importance of freedom of expression in the political sphere in the case of Axel Springer AG v Germany (No.2) ([2014] ECHR 745)(French only). The Court held that the German courts had erred in finding that an article commenting on the circumstances in which the former Federal Chancellor of Germany had put an end to his term in office had overstepped the limits of journalistic freedom. Continue reading

Social Media Offences: About the Crime, Not the Medium – Jessica Mason

gpp-headshot-1-1-150x150The House of Lords Communications Committee has been hearing oral evidence in its inquiry into social media offences. The inquiry, while not exclusively focused on “revenge porn,” takes place amidst a surge in media coverage on revenge porn in the UK, spurred by MP Maria Miller’s statements in the House of Commons and Justice Secretary Chris Grayling’s promise that the government is looking into the issue. Continue reading

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