On 26 November 2014 the European Union’s Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (“29WP”) published its guidelines for implementing the “right to be forgotten.” The thirteen guidelines, while not legally binding, are to be used by search engines and Data Protection Authorities when evaluating petitions from individuals to de-link online content that appears when searching for their name. There are three major areas of concern: notification, relinking, and international borders. Continue reading
A former public official has been jailed for three and a half years for misconduct in a public office while a former News of the World journalist is to wear a tag over payments for stories about a convicted child murderer. Continue reading
Metropolitan police’s Operation Silverhawk, an investigation into Sun on Sunday’s Fake Sheikh Mazher Mahmood is being led by Commander Martin Hewitt – who was one of the senior investigators in Operation Varec which was part of John Yates discredited investigation into phone hacking at the News of the World in 2010. Continue reading
The former features editor of the News of the World, Jules Stenson, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to intercept voicemails making him the eighth journalist from the now defunct tabloid to admit, or be convicted of, phone-hacking. Continue reading
IMPRESS, The Independent Monitor for the Press, yesterday announced the members of its first Board.They will join Walter Merricks CBE, whose appointment as the first Chair of IMPRESS was announced in November 2014, to launch the new organisation, which will introduce the first ever system of independent and effective press regulation. Continue reading
The Supreme Court has granted the artist in the “banned memoir” case, OPO v MLA, permission to appeal and ordered an expedited hearing. The hearing of the appeal is listed in the week commencing 19 January 2015. Continue reading
Sun reporter John Troup did not know he was paying a prison officer for an exclusive story about a prisoner’s death at a Category A jail, a court heard yesterday.
Giving evidence at The Sun Six trial, Mr Troup agreed with the Crown’s counsel that he had entered into an agreement to pay a tipster for information about the suicide of a hitman at HMP Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire.