Panama, privacy and power – Paul Bernal

9 04 2016

david-cameron-1David Cameron’s first reaction to the questions about his family’s involvement with the Mossack Fonseca leaks was that it was a ‘private matter’ – something that was greeted with a chorus of disapproval from his political opponents and large sections of both the social and ‘traditional’ media. Read the rest of this entry »





Investigatory Powers Bill, Second Reading, inadequate journalistic protection persists – Alex Bailin QC

15 03 2016

gchq1The Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB) has its second reading in the House of Commons today. Although there is much high level resistance to the Bill, relatively little of it has focussed on the impact on the media. Read the rest of this entry »





Investigatory Powers Bill, Bulk Personal Datasets and the ‘Spectre’ of Pervasive Surveillance – Alison Knight

30 12 2015

man-1071773__180Much has been written about the UK government’s proposed new Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB) since it was published for consultation by the Home Office, and formally presented to Parliament, early last month. Read the rest of this entry »





Some things old, some things new: A clause-by-clause review of the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill – Investigatory Powers Research Group

27 12 2015

gchq1Soon after the publication of the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill in November, a number of privacy, surveillance and freedom of expression specialist academics and practitioners gathered at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies to discuss the detail and the main issues. Read the rest of this entry »





The Investigatory Powers Bill: A serious weakening of protections for journalism, Part 2 – Gill Phillips

23 12 2015

JournalistThis is the final part of a two part post.  Part 1 looked at the existing position under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.  This part will focus on the deficiencies in the Bill from a journalism perspective. Read the rest of this entry »





The Investigatory Powers Bill: A serious weakening of protections for journalism, Part 1 – Gill Phillips

23 12 2015

Investigatory Powers BillMuch has been written already and no doubt will continue to be written about the Investigatory Powers Bill.  It was presented to the House of Commons by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, in November and is currently at the committee stage. Read the rest of this entry »





Investigatory Powers bill will remove ISPs’ right to protect your privacy – Eerke Boiten

8 11 2015

BanksyFollowing months of uncertainty and a few weeks of intense speculation and spin, the UK government has published its draft Investigatory Powers bill, a piece of legislation incorporating sweeping surveillance powers frequently described and derided as a “snooper’s charter”. Read the rest of this entry »