Did The Guardian misuse Boris Johnson’s private information, and could he sue? – Zoe McCallum

25 06 2019

The newspapers are once again replete with Boris Johnson’s private life. Last weekend he rowed loudly with his girlfriend. Neighbours overheard. She shouted “get off me”, “get out of my flat”, “you’re spoilt”, “you have no care for money or anything”.  He shouted “get off my f***ing laptop”. Read the rest of this entry »





DCMS Report: Time to regulate social media? – Zoe McCallum

5 03 2019

Last month the Commons DCMS Committee on Disinformation and Fake News [pdf] recommended a new regulator for tech companies and an enhanced role for the ICO, paid for by a levy on tech giants. Read the rest of this entry »





Journalism vs Churnalism: The push for “quality marks” in online news – Zoe McCallum

26 02 2019

Within a week of one another came two reports on the future of journalism in an age of big tech: The Cairncross Review (on 12 Feb) and The Commons DCMS Committee Final Report into Fake News and Disinformation (14 Feb – but with its excoriating criticism of Facebook, anything but a Valentine to Mark Zuckerberg). Read the rest of this entry »





DCMS final report: Disinformation and “fake news”, Some initial thoughts – Zoe McCallum

20 02 2019

The final report of the Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Disinformation and Fake News [pdf] was published on 18 February 2019. It is the product of an 18 month process – far in excess of the normal timeframe for Select Committee inquiries, involving 170 written submissions and 73 oral witnesses. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Ali v Channel 5, Can’t Pay? We’ll take it away (then you can make us pay) – Zoe McCallum

25 02 2018

In a judgment delivered on 22 February 2018 in the case of Ali v Channel 5 Broadcast ([2018] EWHC 298 (Ch)) Arnold J ordered Channel 5 to pay £20,000 in damages for misuse of private information to a couple, Shakir Ali and Shahida Aslam, who had fallen into rent arears. Read the rest of this entry »





Professional Discipline in Public: Balancing Convention rights – Zoe McCallum

10 11 2016

misconduct-chargeThe Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) recently announced that it would no longer publish on its website the detail of charges brought against its members in advance of disciplinary hearings. Read the rest of this entry »