Consultations on Online Harms and Corporate Transparency: Reminder to Readers

31 05 2019

There are, at present, two open Government consultations of particular interest to readers of Inforrm.  These deal with “Online Harms” and with “Corporate Transparency”.  Responses must be lodged before the consultation deadlines. Read the rest of this entry »





Assange’s new indictment: Espionage and the First Amendment – Ofer Raban

30 05 2019

Julian Assange, the co-founder of WikiLeaks, has been charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with a slew of Espionage Act violations that could keep him in prison for the rest of his life. Read the rest of this entry »





What we know about how political parties use Facebook advertising and what we don’t – Katharine Dommett and Sam Power

29 05 2019

Over the past five years, Facebook has exploded as a site for political advertising and election campaigning. Donald Trump, Jeremy Corbyn and Angela Merkel have all used it to promote their ideas. Yet despite the increasing prominence of Facebook, we currently know very little about how much political parties actually spend on the platform. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Allen v Times Newspapers, Meaning determination in “Grenfell” libel claim – Oscar Davies

28 05 2019

In the case of Allen v Times Newspapers Ltd [2019] EWHC 1235 (QB) Warby J found that an article concerning Mark Allen, described as a ‘Grenfell cladding boss’, bore a defamatory meaning which was different from that contended for by the parties. Read the rest of this entry »





Vacation Round Up – 27 May 2019

27 05 2019

The Easter legal term ended on Friday 24 May 2019.  The Trinity Legal Term begins on Tuesday 4 June 2019.  Inforrm is, therefore, taking a “mini-break” but this round up will cover some of the news of the past week. Read the rest of this entry »





The Jeremy Kyle affair: Four things you need to know – Trevor Barnes and Meriem Anou

26 05 2019

ITV‘s decision to permanently suspend the production of The Jeremy Kyle Show is making headlines. However, this should not come as a surprise given recent controversies surrounding duty of care issues in reality television programmes. Ofcom and MPs must tread very carefully in proposing new duty of care obligations on broadcasters to look after adult contributors. Read the rest of this entry »





Facebook doesn’t fool me: but I worry about how it affects you – Joseph B. Walther

25 05 2019

File 20190520 69204 1q7cp6p.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1A number of prominent figures have called for some sort of regulation of Facebook – including one of the company’s co-founders and a venture capitalist who was one of Facebook’s early backers. Read the rest of this entry »





GDPR: The digital age of consent, one year on – Alex Cooney

24 05 2019

This Saturday, 25 May, will be the one year anniversary of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force. Alex Cooney, CEO of CyberSafeIreland, a non-profit working to empower children, parents and teachers to navigate the online world in a safe and responsible manner, discusses the impact of the regulation on children, particularly the GDPR’s requirement for a digital age of consent. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: R (Privacy International) v Investigatory Powers Tribunal, Parliament’s “ouster” of High Court judicial review powers is not binding – Omar Qureshi, Dan Tench and Cathryn Hopkins

23 05 2019

On 15 May 2019, the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the case of R (on the application of Privacy International) v Investigatory Powers Tribunal ([2019] UKSC 22), deciding by a slim majority of 4:3 that an “ouster clause” in section 67(8) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (“RIPA”) that purports to exclude from challenge or appeal any decision of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (“IPT”), does not prevent a judicial review challenge based on an error of law. Read the rest of this entry »





The Impact of Grief Journalism on its Subjects – Nicole Moreham and Yvette Tinsley

22 05 2019

The depiction of grief and intense anxiety is commonplace in modern journalism. Little work has been done though to examine the impact of the collection and publication of grief-focused coverage on those who appear in it. Read the rest of this entry »