Call for Papers: Restricted and Redacted – Where now for human rights and digital information control?

31 05 2016

ILPC_at_the_Institute_of_Advanced_Legal_StudiesThe Information Law and Policy Centre at IALS is calling for papers for its annual research workshop on 9 November 2016 in London, this year supported by Bloomsbury’s Communications Law journal. The first workshop was held in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »





The Courts Both Uphold the Rule of Law and Prioritise the Human Rights of Individuals and Children Over the Commercial Interests of the Tabloid Press – Jonathan Coad

31 05 2016

Sun PJSThe PJS v NGN injunction case is just another ugly example of a paid tabloid betrayal/kiss-and- tell story without a shred of genuine public interest while of considerable financial value to both the betrayer and the newspaper. Rarely does a legal case receive so much press attention as when tabloids are outraged by their inability to report on a celebrity threesome they claim is of interest to the public (rather than of legitimate public interest). Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 30 May 2016

30 05 2016

WeeklyNews2This week is the Easter Legal Vacation.  The Easter Term finished on 27 May 2016 and the last term of the legal year, the Trinity Term, starts on 7 June 2016, running until 29 July 2016. There are, therefore, no non urgent hearings in the High Court, Court of Appeal or Supreme Court this week. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: R (Ben-Dor) v The University of Southampton: Censorship or justified Concern? – Dominic Ruck Keene

29 05 2016

southampton_1912501bIn the case of R(Ben-Dor & Ors) v The University of Southampton [2016] EWHC 953 (Admin)) Mrs Justice Whipple dismissed one claim for judicial review, and refused permission to bring a further claim, in respect of decisions made by Southampton University regarding a proposed conference on the legality of the existence of Israel under international law. Read the rest of this entry »





How not to reclaim the internet – Paul Bernal

28 05 2016

reclaim-logo-singleThe new campaign to ‘Reclaim the Internet‘, to ‘take a stand against online abuse’ was launched yesterday – and it could be a really important campaign. The scale and nature of abuse online is appalling – and it is good to see that the campaign does not focus on just one kind of abuse, instead talking about ‘misogyny, sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia’ and more. Read the rest of this entry »





The weird world of IPSO where “proportionate” means disproportionate, and “inaccurate” becomes accurate if someone else has said it first – Jonathan Coad

27 05 2016

whirlpool-applaince-repairsJust as did its predecessor the Press Complaints Commission, IPSO applies the kind of perverse reasoning to the commercial advantage of its sponsors and creators which you would expect from a regulator which in defiance of both the will of parliament and the public has been set up by the press, funded by the press, the Code written by the press, its personnel appointed by the press, and with press delegates in the form of ex-editors on its complaints committee.  Read the rest of this entry »





The ‘Right to be Forgotten’: the scope of delisting – Max Campbell

27 05 2016

Google CNILIt is now just over two years since the Court of Justice of the European Union first ruled that Google was a data controller and that the principles of EU Directive 95/46/EC (‘the Data Protection Directive’), and the various national legislation that implement them, applied to its search results. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Comment: PJS v NGN, Supreme Court restores interim injunction in landmark privacy case – Sara Mansoori and Aidan Wills.

26 05 2016

Supreme CourtOn 19 May 2016, the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2016] UKSC 26. This much-discussed privacy action brought by a celebrity has generated renewed debate on privacy injunctions. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Heythrop Zoo (t/a Amazing Animals) v Captive Animals Protection Society, Application for Interim application to restrain NGO from using zoo photographs dismissed

26 05 2016

AnimalsIn the case of Heythrop Zoological Gardens Ltd (trading as Amazing Animals) v Captive Animals Protection Society ([2016] EWHC 1370 (Ch)) Birss J refused to grant a company which specialises in training animals for use in the film industry an interim injunction to prevent a campaign group from using photographs and video taken at its zoo. Read the rest of this entry »





How to stop your phone from being hacked – Ali Dehghantanha

25 05 2016

Mobile PhoneIf you’ve ever forgotten your phone or left it at home for the day, you will have realised just how much you use it. On average, we check our mobile phones about 110 times a day. Using them for just about everything, from summoning an Uber car and paying for our latest Amazon purchases, to receiving prescriptions and even tracking shares and trading on the stock market. Read the rest of this entry »