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Month: November 2023 (Page 1 of 3)

Law and Media Round Up – 27 November 2023

On Tuesday 21 November 2023, Counsel for the claimants in Lawrence & Ors v Associated Newspapers Ltd (ANL) told the High Court that they intend to ask ministers for permission to use confidential Leveson Inquiry documents in their legal action against the publisher of the Daily Mail. Earlier this month, Nicklin J ruled that the legal challenges could continue but could not use information drawn from ledgers given by ANL to the Leveson Inquiry into press standards in 2011 and 2012 [2023] EWHC 2789 (KB). Continue reading

Disinformation is part and parcel of social media’s business model, new research shows – Carlos Diaz Ruiz

Deceptive online content is big business. The digital advertising market is now worth €625 billion, and their business model is simple: more clicks, views or engagement means more money from advertisers. Incendiary, shocking content – whether it is true or not – is an easy way to get our attention, which means advertisers can end up funding fake news and hate speech. Continue reading

Digital policy in the UK and Europe after Brexit – Alison Harcourt

Brexit Direction SignPost Brexit, the UK is attempting to redefine its place in the world of an increasingly globalised digital policy. My recent book on Brexit and the Digital Single Market examines the consequences of Brexit for the digital sector. It finds that Brexit has resulted in a loss of regulatory capacity within the UK and a new governance architecture for the EU in the digital sector. Continue reading

Case Law, Strasbourg: Bild GmbH & Co v Germany, Police officer’s “pixelation” injunction violated Article 10 – Hugh Tomlinson KC

A man reads Germany's top-selling In the case of Bild GmbH v Germany [2023] ECHR 851 the Fourth Section of the European Court of Human Rights found that an order that a publisher should cease publication of CCTV footage of an arrest without pixelating the face of one of the officers involved was a violation of Article 10 as it could lead to an unacceptable ban on future publication on matters of public interest. Continue reading

Law and Media Round Up – 20 November 2023

The ICO is seeking permission to appeal the ruling on Clearview AI Inc handed down by the First Tier Tribunal (Information Rights) on 17 October 2023. The tribunal reversed the £7.5 million penalty notice issued by the ICO against the facial image database company on the basis that the UK GDPR did not apply to companies processing data as a service to foreign law enforcement agencies. The Commissioner argues that the FTT incorrectly interpreted the law, as Clearview itself was not processing data for the purpose of foreign law enforcement. Read the ICO’s statement here. Continue reading

Case Law, Northern Ireland: O’Neill v Carson, Political star loses out to “political Lilliputian” – Floyd Alexander-Hunt

NI election results 2022: Who is Sinn Féin's Michelle O'Neill? - BBC NewsOn 7 November 2023, Master Bell handed down judgment in the High Court of Justice of Northern Ireland in the case of O’Neill v Carson (Defamation) [2023] NIMaster 9. Prominent Northern Irish politician, Michelle O’Neill was unsuccessful in her damages claim against Mr John O’Neill for an alleged defamatory Facebook comment he made about Ms O’Neill stating “She will be put back in her kennel”. Continue reading

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