Proposed police super-database breaks the law and has no legal basis, but the Home Office doesn’t care – Matthew White

19 10 2018

The announcement from human rights organisation Liberty that it would boycott the UK Home Office’s consultation on the Law Enforcement Data Service, a new super-database for the police, is an indication of how far from acceptable the project is. Read the rest of this entry »





Scottish defamation reform stuck in the thistles – Nick Bonyhady

18 10 2018

Lukewarm response to Scottish Law Reform Commission’s report on defamation reform … Little movement … Not enough libelling going on … Defamation case against former leader splits the Scottish Labour Party … Homophobia collides with independence for Scotland … Nick Bonyhady reports. Read the rest of this entry »





Media Law Podcast Launched – Tom Bennett and Paul Wragg

17 10 2018

The Media Law Podcast published its debut episode last week. It is the first in a new series that will see founding presenters Tom Bennett (City University) and Paul Wragg (Leeds University) being joined by guest speakers to discuss news and current “hot topics” in UK Media Law. The podcast will publish episodes several times a year, with the long-term aim of producing monthly outputs. Is a resource that will be useful for students, academics and practitioners in the fields of law, journalism and media/communications. Read the rest of this entry »





Google and the Right to be Forgotten, Four Case Studies – My Clean Slate

17 10 2018

When dealing with Google, it is good to bear in mind that their erasure policy is both erratic and random.  The Right to be Forgotten seems to depend on the individual who is dealing with a request and whether they have had a good or bad day.  There have been a number of odd – indeed, downright inconsistent decisions over the past six months which illustrate the problem. Learning on the job does not quite capture it. Read the rest of this entry »





Time to rethink truth and trust – Sonia Livingstone

16 10 2018

The LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3) deals with the crisis in public information – aka “fake news”, Cambridge Analytica, election hacking, the crisis in journalism, filter bubbles, biased algorithms, ill-informed citizens and more. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 15 October 2018

15 10 2018

On 8 October 2018 Warby J handed down judgment in the data protection representation action of Lloyd v Google ([2018] EWHC 2599 (QB)). He refused the representative claimant permission to serve the claim on Google in California. There was an Inforrm case comment and a post on the Panopticon blog. Read the rest of this entry »





Spent Convictions: The Foibles of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act within the Context of Internet Permanence – Samuel McCann

14 10 2018

The shockwaves of a criminal conviction can be felt far beyond the conclusion of any sentence; the stigma of criminality often frustrates social interaction and employment long into the future. The prospect of being labelled a ‘criminal’ by the State can frequently be as great a source of consternation as the punishment itself. Read the rest of this entry »