Inforrm is taking a Summer Break

31 07 2017

This is the last day of the 2016-2017 legal year in England and Wales. The Inforrm blog is taking a summer break until the beginning of October. We thank all our readers and contributors who have supported us over the past year. Posting will continue over the summer but will not be as regular as normal.  Read the rest of this entry »





Turkey’s Twitter crackdown ratchets up, as state says, “Click now to report a user to the police!” – Dağhan Irak,

30 07 2017

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On July 4, Eren Aksoyoğlu, a member of the Turkish Joint June Movement opposition bloc, was taken into custody for a tweet criticising the government’s handling of a racially-motivated brawl in Ankara. Read the rest of this entry »





The real consequences of fake news – Dominik Stecula

29 07 2017

Fake news, or fabricated content deceptively presented as real news, has garnered a lot of interest since the U.S. presidential election last year. Although hardly a new phenomenon, the global nature of the web-based information environment allows purveyors of all sorts of falsehoods and misinformation to make an international impact. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: How public feuds on social media and reality TV play out​ in court – Shontavia Johnson

28 07 2017

File 20170725 28293 13xq8a7Free expression on TV and social media generates big ratings and even bigger online followings. Unscripted reality stars claim to bring their authentic expressions to the public through these channels. Beyond influencing the court of public opinion, though, can reality stars wind up in legal trouble for these actions? Read the rest of this entry »





Privacy and the end of innocence: An alternative perspective on Khuja (formerly PNM) v Times Newspapers – Robert Craig

27 07 2017

This post follows Paul Wragg’s piece on this blog discussing the recent Supreme Court decision determining that the applicant had no right to anonymity after being named in open court by a witness in a high profile criminal case in Oxford. Read the rest of this entry »





Worldwide search de-indexing orders: Google v Equustek – Graham Smith

26 07 2017

The Supreme Court of Canada has issued its decision in Google Inc v Equustek (2017 SCC 34). This is the case in which a small Canadian technology company, Equustek, asked the Canadian courts to grant an injunction against the well-known US search engine ordering it to de-index specified websites – not just on its Canadian domain google.ca, but on a worldwide basis. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Bogomolova v. Russia, Publication of picture of 3 year old “orphan” violated Article 8 – Ingrida Milkaite

25 07 2017

The case of Bogomolova v. Russia concerns the use of an unauthorised photograph of a minor’s face on the front page of a booklet promoting adoption and help for orphans. It proves that the publication of pictures of children without parental consent may have a significant social impact on the family and may violate Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR), protecting the right to private and family life. Read the rest of this entry »