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Case Law: R v Nigel Wright: No anonymity for corporate victims in blackmail cases – Aidan Wills

In August 2020 Nigel Wright was convicted of blackmail and contaminating food in Tesco stores. He was subsequently sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment. Wright blackmailed Tesco by demanding the payment of bitcoin to the value of approximately £1.4m, failing which he would refuse to identify in which stores he’d placed contaminated baby food and/or would place further contaminated food. He was also convicted of placing metal shards in baby food. Continue reading

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

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. Continue reading

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