To pap or not to pap: Some advice on news pictures and privacy – Amber Melville-Brown

31 08 2015

prince_george_handoutA letter from the Queen means you’ve reached the ripe old age of 100. A letter from Kensington Palace may mean you’ve overstepped the mark snapping pictures of a royal prince. Read the rest of this entry »





The Labour Party “purge” and social media privacy – Paul Bernal

30 08 2015

Labour PartyThe so-called ‘Labour Purge’ has many disturbing elements – from the motivations behind those who might ‘need’ to be purged to the motivations of those who want to purge them – but there is one aspect that appeared yesterday that seems to have been largely ignored: the attitude to people’s privacy. Read the rest of this entry »





How the Murdoch press has waged a relentless campaign against the BBC (and why it’s worked) – Julian Petley

29 08 2015

Sun and BBCEver since Rupert Murdoch decided to enter the television game in the early 1980s, his newspapers have waged continuous war on public service broadcasters, and on the BBC in particular. These he sees purely as rivals in the broadcasting marketplace, and when Murdoch spots rivals his instinct is to exterminate them – witness, for example, the predatory pricing by Murdoch of his newspaper titles by means of which he attempted to throttle the Independent in the early 1990s. Read the rest of this entry »





Ashley Madison and the Shark Infested Seas of the Deep Web – Rhory Robertson and Clare Brown

28 08 2015

Deep-Web-Iceberg-e1432663755280The recent hacking of the Ashley Madison website has inevitably caused a vast avalanche of commentary, covering everything from users’ morality to company security. As we concluded in our previous article  apart from the fallout on people’s personal lives from the data dump, the hackers’ employment of the so-called ‘dark web’ to communicate their criminal acts needs further exploration. Read the rest of this entry »





A Picture of Grief and Shock Too Far – Amber Melville-Brown

28 08 2015

anchor-for-virginia-shootingYesterday I wrote a piece dealing with the privacy issues arising out of the Shoreham air disaster on this side of the Pond.  With eerie timing, on the same day, America unintentionally watched live on TV the murder of two journalists, shot dead by a disgruntled former colleague at ABC News. Read the rest of this entry »






Air Crash Media: Photography, Privacy and Grief – Amber Melville-Brown

27 08 2015

phoneography2Car crash TV is defined in the Urban Dictionary as ‘any TV programme that, like a recent car crash in the street, you know you shouldn’t watch, you know you’ll regret looking, but you just can’t help yourself’. Read the rest of this entry »





Comity for the Internet? Recent Court Decisions on the right to be de-indexed – Agnes Callamard

26 08 2015

remove-google-search-historyOne of the most impactful events in global free expression jurisprudence development in 2014 was the the European Court of Justice Google Spain SL, Google v Agencia Espanola de Proteccion (2014) (“González”) decision by on the so-called “right to be forgotten”, more accurately referred to as the “right to be de-indexed”. Read the rest of this entry »





Is New Zealand the Libel World’s most plaintiff friendly jurisdiction? – Ali Romanos

25 08 2015

FlagNew Zealand defamation law strikingly favours plaintiffs.  Sure, the Thai monarchy could be said to enjoy a certain degree of power, in view of the 25-year prison sentence imposed earlier this year on a businessman for some Facebook musings.  But compared at least to their more temperate Common Law brothers and sisters, plaintiffs in New Zealand enjoy considerable advantages.  Read the rest of this entry »





News: ICO issues enforcement notice against Google to delist search results

24 08 2015

GoogleOn 18 August 2015, the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) issued an enforcement notice under section 40 of the Data Protection Act 1998 requiring Google Inc to remove nine links to web pages that include details of a minor criminal offence committed by the anonymised complainant nearly 10 years ago. Read the rest of this entry »