Bosses using tech to spy on staff is becoming the norm, so here’s a realistic way of handling it – Douglas Bamford

31 01 2020

Workplace surveillance sounds like the stuff of nightmares, but we are having to get used to it. In a sign of the times, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that a supermarket in Barcelona was entitled to fire employees after catching them stealing on CCTV cameras that they didn’t know were installed. This overturned a decision by the court’s lower chamber that the cameras had breached the employees’ human rights. Read the rest of this entry »





New year, new internet? Why it’s time to rethink anonymity on social media – David Babbs

31 01 2020

January 2020 sees two significant steps towards the UK improving regulation of social media companies. The government confirmed in the December Queen’s Speech that it would legislate to tackle “online harms”, and is now expected to provide some more details of how it will take this forward. Meanwhile, in the House of Lords, an Online Harm Reduction Bill was tabled on 14 January. Read the rest of this entry »





Monthly International Round Up – Suneet Sharma

30 01 2020

This is the second instalment in a regular new series from Inforrm highlighting press and case reports of new media and information cases from around the world.  It is intended to complement our United States: Monthly Round Up posts.  Please let us know if there are other cases and jurisdictions which we should be covering. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation Act 2013: A summary and overview six years on, Part 2, Sections 4 to 14 – Brett Wilson LLP

30 01 2020

The Defamation Act 2013 (‘the Act’) came into force on 1 January 2014.  At the time, we published an article considering the individual provisions of the Act, and speculating about how the law of defamation had been changed.  In this follow-up article, we revisit the topic six years after the Act’s inception and look at what has happened in practice. Part 1 of this post looked at sections 1 to 3. Read the rest of this entry »





Amazon Echo’s privacy issues go way beyond voice recordings – Garfield Benjamin

29 01 2020

Amazon Echo and the Alexa voice assistant have had widely publicised issues with privacy. Whether it is the amount of data they collect or the fact that they reportedly pay employees and, at times, external contractors from all over the world to listen to recordings to improve accuracy, the potential is there for sensitive personal information to be leaked through these devices. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation Act 2013: A summary and overview six years on, Part 1, Sections 1 to 3 – Brett Wilson LLP

29 01 2020

The Defamation Act 2013 (‘the Act’) came into force on 1 January 2014.  At the time, we published an article considering the individual provisions of the Act, and speculating about how the law of defamation had been changed.  In this follow-up article, we revisit the topic six years after the Act’s inception and look at what has happened in practice. This post deals with sections 1 to 3. The remainder of the Act will be considered in Part 2. Read the rest of this entry »





The Cairncross Review: It was a con – Brian Cathcart

28 01 2020

Why has the government binned the key recommendation of its own report on the future of journalism? Because it was only ever meant as a distraction. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Turley v Unite the Union, Former Labour MP accused of dishonesty wins libel claim – Jake Rudman

28 01 2020

The judgment in Anna Turley v Unite the Union and Stephen Walker [2019] EWHC 3547 (QB) was handed down On 19 December 2019,  The case concerned a libel claim by a former Labour MP against (1) Unite the Union; and (2) the editor of The Skwawkbox blog, which published an article accusing the Claimant of making a false and dishonest declaration in order to join the union. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 27 January 2020

27 01 2020

It has been reported that Arron Banks has dropped two of his libel claims against investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr.  The action will, however, continue in relation to a Ted Talk and one tweet. Read the rest of this entry »





Media and Law Cases: 2020 Hilary Term Preview

26 01 2020

The Hilary Legal Term in England and Wales began last week, on Monday 13 January 2020.  It will end on Wednesday 8 April 2020. This post deals with the media law cases listed for this term and cases in which decisions are awaited. Read the rest of this entry »