Investigatory Powers Bill, Bulk Personal Datasets and the ‘Spectre’ of Pervasive Surveillance – Alison Knight

30 12 2015

man-1071773__180Much has been written about the UK government’s proposed new Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB) since it was published for consultation by the Home Office, and formally presented to Parliament, early last month. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law, Canada: Warman v Fournier, Appeal dismissed, operators of website and liable for internet defamation – David Potts

29 12 2015

Free-Dominion-Libel-1024x843The Ontario Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal in Warman v. Fournier (2015 ONCA 873).  The Court upheld the judgment of Justice Robert J. Smith and a jury in which the appellants were found liable in defamation for publication of 41 statements on two websites. The jury had awarded the respondent general, aggravated and punitive damages of CDN$42,000 and had granted a permanent injunction against them. Read the rest of this entry »

2015: The Law and Media Year in Numbers

28 12 2015

2015Over the last year we have covered a wide range of media and law stories on Inforrm, in the courts, in Parliament and in the press.  We picked out sixteen numbers to remind readers of some of the highlights: Read the rest of this entry »

Some things old, some things new: A clause-by-clause review of the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill – Investigatory Powers Research Group

27 12 2015

gchq1Soon after the publication of the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill in November, a number of privacy, surveillance and freedom of expression specialist academics and practitioners gathered at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies to discuss the detail and the main issues. Read the rest of this entry »

A family that plays together stays together: a happy holiday season for the UK’s political-media elite – Des Freedman

24 12 2015

rupert-murdochFamilies should be together at Christmas. That’s the simple message we should take from the merry noises emanating from Rupert Murdoch’s London apartment where, on Monday night, David Cameron, George Osborne, Rebekah Brooks and a slew of top News Corp personnel joined the mogul in capping off what has been a pretty decent year for him. Read the rest of this entry »

Inforrm is taking a Winter Break

24 12 2015

winter-break-colorAlong with the civil courts, Inforrm is taking a winter break for a few weeks to allow the editorial team to relax. We will have a some occasional posts over the next fortnight but the full normal service will not be resumed until the second week of January 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

The Investigatory Powers Bill: A serious weakening of protections for journalism, Part 2 – Gill Phillips

23 12 2015

JournalistThis is the final part of a two part post.  Part 1 looked at the existing position under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.  This part will focus on the deficiencies in the Bill from a journalism perspective. Read the rest of this entry »

The Investigatory Powers Bill: A serious weakening of protections for journalism, Part 1 – Gill Phillips

23 12 2015

Investigatory Powers BillMuch has been written already and no doubt will continue to be written about the Investigatory Powers Bill.  It was presented to the House of Commons by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, in November and is currently at the committee stage. Read the rest of this entry »

The Return of the Privacy Injunction? Some Practical Considerations – Sara Mansoori and Lorna Skinner

22 12 2015

AnonymityThe privacy injunction is back. This seems to be the message from the courts in 2015 and is supported by anecdotal evidence from practitioners.  Lawyers are now being regularly instructed in potential privacy injunction cases, with several in play almost every weekend. While it remains the case that most of the threatened applications are resolved without court hearings there has been a clear increase in contested cases in court in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 21 December 2015

21 12 2015

Media and Law RoundupThe Michaelmas Legal Term ends today and this is the last Law and Media Round Up of 2015.  The next round up will be at the beginning of the new legal term on 11 January 2016. Happy holidays to all Inforrm readers. Read the rest of this entry »