Mandatory communications data retention lives on in the UK: or does it? – Graham Smith

1 08 2014

Computers and DataAt breakneck speed and amidst considerable controversy the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (DRIPA) became law in the UK on Thursday 17th July 2014, having been introduced as an emergency Bill on Monday 14 July 2014 Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 28 July 2014

28 07 2014

Round New 2On Monday 21 July 2014, the trial of singer Tulisa Contostavlos collapsed after the judge had ruled that it was likely that the Sun’s well known ex-News of the World investigative reporter, the “Fake Sheikh”, Mazher Mahmood, had attempted to persuade a witness to change his evidence and had then lied about it under oath. The full text of the Judge’s ruling can be found here. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 21 July 2014

21 07 2014

Weekly Round UPOn 15 July 2014, Mr Justice Nicol handed down judgment assessing libel damages in the case of Kadir v Channel S ([2014] EWHC 2305 (QB)).  The claim concerned a broadcast in Bengali which alleged reasonable suspicions of fraud and an evasive response to those allegations to an estimated 3,500 viewers in the UK.  Damages were assessed  in the sum of £20,000 for each of the two claimants. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: SRJ v Persons Unknown, Company loses bid to identify blog author – Media Lawyer

20 07 2014

AnonymityIn the case of SRJ v Persons Unknown ([2014] EWHC 2293 (QB)) a Government contractor has failed in a bid to persuade a judge to order a firm of solicitors to give it the identity of one of its clients who is alleged to have published confidential information in internet blogs. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 14 July 2014

14 07 2014

weekly-roundupThe most high profile media story of the week was that concerning the actor George Clooney and the Daily Mail.  He wrote a piece in USA Today criticising what he calls “a completely fabricated story” in the Daily Mail about his mother-in-law to be and her alleged opposition to him marrying her daughter. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 7 July 2014

7 07 2014

weekly-round-up-140x80On Monday 30 June 2014, Mr Justice Saunders heard mitigation on behalf the four defendants who had pleaded guilty.  On the same day, the CPS announced that it would seek a re-trial of Andy Coulson and Clive Goodman on the two charges about which the jury could not agree. Read the rest of this entry »





Are Google intentionally overreacting to the Right to be Forgotten? – Paul Bernal

4 07 2014

s560x316_Right_to_be_forgottenIn one of my original reactions to the Google Spain ruling on the Right to be Forgotten, which I wrote for The Justice Gap, I said that Google’s response to the ruling was going to be very interesting: Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 30 June 2014

30 06 2014

Media and Law RoundupThe Phone Hacking Trial has finally come to an end, after 8 months, with one guilty verdict (against Andrew Coulson).  The jury were unable to agree on two charges (against Andrew Coulson and Clive Goodman).   The other five defendants – Rebekah Brooks, Stuart Kuttner, Charlie Brooks, Cheryl  Carter and Mark Hanna – we acquitted on all charges. The CPS will announce, later today, whether they will seek a retrial of Messrs Coulson and Goodman on the two outstanding charges. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 23 June 2014

23 06 2014

Weekly Round Up 2The libel claim brought in Portugal by Kate and Gerry McCann against former police officer, Goncalo Amaral has been adjourned for the fourth time. In a 2008 book Mr Amaral said that the couple had hidden their daughter’s body and faked an abduction after she died in an accident.  Read the rest of this entry »





Does Google Spain drive a coach and horses through the safe harbour defences? – Ashley Hurst

19 06 2014

e-commerce_headerAs the shock waves of the ECJ’s decision in Google Spain v González [2014] EUECJ C-131/12 (13 May 2014) continue to lap up against California’s shorelines, thorny questions continue to arise by the day as to the scope of the decision. Read the rest of this entry »








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