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Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation: a few thoughts – Peter Coe

In October and November last year I wrote an article for The Conversation and Inforrm on Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, or SLAPPs. Since then I have been invited to join the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on SLAPPs, I have given oral and written evidence to a Justice Committee on SLAPPs, and I have given my views on SLAPPs to the Ministry of Justice in response to its Call for Evidence. Continue reading

The invasion of Ukraine: Putin loses control of the message as the media fight back – Peter Coe

Only a few days ago, when I was mulling over writing a post on the Supreme Court’s judgement in the Bloomberg case, I was thinking how nice it was that, for the first time in almost two years, I would not have to contemplate writing something about the pandemic. However, as I write this post on 28 February 2022, the world has once again been turned on its head, and life as we know it is under threat. Continue reading

Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation: a SLAPP in the face for free speech. What are SLAPPs? – Peter Coe

Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) is a type of litigation (or threat of litigation) that are used, as the name suggests, strategically by claimants against organisations and individuals – including NGOs, activists, academics, whistleblowers, and journalists – to shut down free speech. Consequently, they pose a threat to democracy, that as members of society we should all be concerned about. Continue reading

A Brave New Working World or something more sinister? Employer surveillance of employees working at home – Peter Coe

Employers monitoring their employees is not a new issue. Indeed, I have written about the surveillance of employees in the workplace, and their right to privacy pursuant to Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, in a previous Inforrm post in the context of the European Court of Human Rights’ judgments in Bărbulescu v Romania [2016] App. no. 61496/08 and Lopez Ribalda v Spain [2019] ECHR. Continue reading

And you thought that the Johnny Depp and Amanda Heard relationship was toxic … why the press needs a superhero (just not Captain Jack Sparrow) – Peter Coe

In deciding what to write about for this post I was not short of topics and material. I could have talked about how the Court of Justice of the European Union has, in one fell swoop, caused a headache of Captain Jack Sparrow-hangover proportions (more on him in a moment) for many businesses around Europe by invalidating the EU-US Privacy Shield. Continue reading

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Social Media during the Coronavirus pandemic – Peter Coe

The coronavirus pandemic has brought out the very best in humanity. For instance, on the one hand, it has brought communities together: people are supporting each other in a myriad of different ways, from simply talking to neighbours who they may never have said more than a few words to prior to the outbreak of the virus, buying shopping for those who are self-isolating or vulnerable, and volunteering for the NHS and other charities. Continue reading

Let’s Get Ready to Rumble! Facial Recognition Technology and the Police – Peter Coe

Just over a year ago, as a practitioner, I was involved in a number of conversations with clients and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) relating to the use of Facial Recognition Technology (FRT). These conversations tended to be on behalf of clients operating in the leisure and health and fitness industries and related to the appropriateness of the implementation of the technology to facilitate access to their facilities. Continue reading

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