Did the UK’s newspapers swing it for Brexit? – Jonathan Heawood

30 06 2016

sun-queen-backs-brexitOn the face of it, democracy is the ultimate self-regulatory system. Don’t like your government? Elect a new one. Don’t like the European Union? Vote to leave. The people have their say, and our institutions are forced to listen. But this does not mean that democracy is a free-for-all. Without rules, the odds would be stacked in favour of the most powerful players and the loudest voices. Freedom for the pike would be death for the minnows. Read the rest of this entry »





News: ICO issues Annual Report, 2016-2016: More than 20,000 complaints and over £2m in monetary penalties

29 06 2016

ico_blue_flex_logoThe Information Commissioner’s Office has released its annual report for 2015-2016.  This is is Christoper Graham’s last annual report after 7 years in office. Mr Graham said that there had been a year of “real achievement”. He said “We have delivered on our objectives, responding to new challenges, and preparing for big changes, particularly in the data protection and privacy field.” Read the rest of this entry »





Photographing Children: The Sun, Kai Rooney and the Data Protection Act – Hugh Tomlinson QC

28 06 2016

New Sunday Sun tabloidThe Sun illustrated its front page report on the England football team’s humiliating defeat at the hands of Iceland with a photograph of Wayne Rooney’s 6 year old son, Kai, in tears. Several other pictures of Kai at the match appeared in Sun Online. Read the rest of this entry »





What’s wrong with the web and do we need to fix it? – Sam Hinton

28 06 2016

InternetMore than 20 years after the first web server started bringing the internet into our lives, a recent conference in San Francisco brought together some of its creators to discuss its future. Read the rest of this entry »





US: Appeals court upholds net neutrality rules, why you should care – Amanda Lotz

27 06 2016

LaptopIf you like binge-watching Netflix, streaming audio or online gaming, then you should be celebrating. And if your business depends on reaching a wide audience online, you should join in. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 27 June 2016

27 06 2016

weeklynews1The surprise vote in favour of Brexit in the UK’s “advisory referendum” has repercussions which legal and political commentators have barely begun to work through.  Over the past 43 years, the English legal and regulatory system has become increasingly integrated with the EU and, as the House of Lords EU Select Committee made clear  in May, disentanglement will not be straightforward. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Comment, Morris v Local World, Statement in Open Court in twin misidentification case – Persephone Bridgman Baker

26 06 2016

Royal-Courts-of-JusticeA soldier who was incorrectly identified as her non-identical twin sister (who was tried over the tragic death of a seven-year-old girl) received a public apology at the High Court last week.  Read the rest of this entry »





How the UK press woke up to Brexit with that morning after feeling – Justin Lewis

25 06 2016

As Britain – and indeed, the rest of the world – reels from the ramifications of the Brexit vote in the UK, we are already hearing many explanations about the motives of those who disregarded so much expert testimony and voted to leave. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Home Secretary ordered to pay damages in asylum seekers’ privacy claim

24 06 2016

Home OfficeMr Justice Mitting has ordered the Home Secretary to pay a total of £39,500 to 6 asylum seekers whose confidential information was accidentally published on a website and then republished on an American document sharing site. Read the rest of this entry »





News: The vote for Brexit and the role of the newspapers

24 06 2016

Mail BrexitAfter consistently pro-Brexit press coverage, 51.9% of the voters (37.4% of the electorate) have voted to leave the EU.  The Prime Minister has resigned and the markets are in freefall.  The pro-EU views of the leadership of all the main political parties, finance, industry and the TUC were rejected by the voters. Read the rest of this entry »