Beyond publication offences: informal censorship and the chain of communication – Jacob Rowbottom

13 07 2018

Various legal controls that are imposed on publishers provide a central focus in the study of media law. When teaching the subject, the core topics on the syllabus look at the liability of publishers in criminal law and tort law. These controls remain significant, but there appears to be a declining use of this method of control in some areas of law. Last year, when writing an article about the law of obscenity, Read the rest of this entry »





Cambridge Analytica used our secrets for profit, the same data could be used for public good – William David Watkin

8 07 2018

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Ever since it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica had taken data from 87m users via a Facebook app that exploited the social media site’s privacy settings, it has been suggested that anything from Donald Trump’s election in the US to the European Union referendum result in the UK could have been the result of the persuasive power of targeted advertisements based on voter preferences. Read the rest of this entry »





‘Upskirting’ and ‘revenge porn’: the need for a comprehensive law – Erika Rackley and Clare McGlynn

17 06 2018

File 20180615 85854 1wozlge.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1After months of campaigning and meetings, it appears that moves to criminalise “upskirting” – the act of taking secret, sexually intrusive photographs – have stalled. For now. This is disappointing. However, all may not be lost. It is now time for the government to step up – and to eliminate inconsistencies in the treatment of victims of image-based sexual abuse. 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 »







News: Challenge to data sharing for immigration enforcement, permission granted – Emma Foubister

3 03 2018

On 1 March 2018, Mrs Justice Yip granted Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN) permission to apply for judicial review of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) under which non-clinical patient data is shared between NHS Digital and the Home Office for the purposes of immigration enforcement. Read the rest of this entry »