Law and Media Round Up – 21 May 2018

21 05 2018

On Tuesday 15 May 2018 the House of Lords voted to support amendments to the Data Protection Bill implementing Part Two of the Leveson Inquiry, namely 252 to 213 in favour of the proposals. Read the rest of this entry »





Suspect Anonymity: is it actually feasible? – Alistair Parker

19 05 2018

Former popstar and baby-boomer heart-throb Cliff Richard is suing the BBC for breach of privacy regarding its report that he had been accused of a sexual offence, and also its coverage in 2014 of the subsequent police raid on his home. The BBC coverage included use of a helicopter, and broadcasting the police search through the glass walls of Mr Richard’s property. He was later exonerated from the police investigation. Read the rest of this entry »





What is doxxing, and why is it so scary? – Jasmine McNealy

18 05 2018

File 20180511 135202 16r572u.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1It’s almost a given that you have personal information available online. Beyond social media and online discussion boards, there are public records of property ownership and voter registration, as well as massive databases of financial information assembled by credit-rating agencies. Read the rest of this entry »





Some problems with EU measures against fake news, Dutch Media v EU – Emiel Jurjens and Jens van den Brink

17 05 2018

The EU is stepping up its fight against fake news. It recently published a new policy document (the ‘Communication on Tackling online disinformation’ of 26 April 2018) proposing several measures against fake news. Read the rest of this entry »





Is the Era of “Permissionless Innovation” and Avoidance of Regulation on the Internet Finally Over? It’s High Time – Hugh Stephens

16 05 2018

It would be the ultimate under-statement to say that recent events concerning the appalling breaches of privacy permitted and indeed orchestrated by Facebook have raised public awareness to new heights over what happens when internet intermediaries are allowed to do just about whatever they want. Read the rest of this entry »





News: House of Lords votes for Leveson 2 amendment, Commons to vote again today

15 05 2018

The House of Lords yesterday voted, by a majority of 252 to 213, to restore a “Leveson 2” amendment to the Data Protection Bill.  The amendment was proposed by the respected cross bench peer Baroness Hollins. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 14 May 2018 [Updated]

14 05 2018

On Wednesday 9 May 2018 MPs in the House of Common voted against the implementation of a data protection version of Part Two of the Leveson Inquiry by way on an amendment to the Data Protection Bill.  Read the rest of this entry »





Daily Express: what a difference a new owner has made (especially if you are a migrant) – Paul Broster

13 05 2018

File 20180502 153895 1v7m5y.png?ixlib=rb 1.1Downright offensive and Islamophobic: these words were used to describe the Daily Express – not from the usual left-leaning critic but directly from the mouth of the newspaper’s latest editor. Gary Jones pulled no punches when quizzed by MPs over the editorial stance of the right wing mid-market tabloid. Read the rest of this entry »





Online news trolls not as bad as we think – Maite Taboada

13 05 2018

File 20180504 166910 lbovv4.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Toxicity online seems pervasive. We encounter and hear about all manner of obscene language, insults and slurs. Some of it even comes from U.S. President Donald Trump. Much of his long list of attacks against people, places and things has been unfurled online. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation take-down requests to Google – Max Campbell

12 05 2018

The right to be forgotten has been in the news again recently following the decision in NT1 & NT2 v Google LLC [2018] EWHC 799 (QB) (read our blog on that decision here), but Google will often voluntarily remove content from its search engine results on a variety of other grounds, including that the content is defamatory. Read the rest of this entry »