News: Newspaper Libel and Registration Act 1881 to be repealed

19 04 2015

General Stock - NewspapersIn September 2011 we had a post about the strange anachronism which is the Newspaper Libel and Registration Act 1881.  This places a duty on newspapers to register with Companies House. – but one which does not apply to newspapers published by companies. Read the rest of this entry »





BBC and the European Scrutiny Committee: Scrutinising the Scrutineers, Part 2 – Julian Petley

19 04 2015

Jacob Rees-MoggInfuriated by the BBC’s lack of coverage of its work, The European Scrutiny committee is at the centre of a discussion about the ‘limits’ of the corporation’s independence.  Part 1  of this post was published on 17 April 2015. Read the rest of this entry »





Operation Elveden: CPS drops cases as more journalists acquitted – James Doleman

18 04 2015

Old-BaileyThere were understandable scenes of jubilation from the friends and family of the two Sun and one Daily Mirror reporters at the Old Bailey yesterday as a jury found them not guilty on all charges. The Mirror’s Graham Brough and Neil Millard and Brandon Malinsky of the Sun walked free from court. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Reactiv Media Limited v The Information Commissioner, “Cold Calling” company fined £75,000 for breach of privacy – Rosalind English

18 04 2015

TelephoneAlthough an individual’s right to privacy is usually thought of in the context of state intrusion in one form or another, in reality the real threat of intrusion in a society such as ours comes from unsolicited marketing calls. Read the rest of this entry »





BBC and the European Scrutiny Committee: Scrutinising the Scrutineers, Part 1 – Julian Petley

17 04 2015

EU CommissionThe European Scrutiny Committee has locked horns with the BBC, repeatedly accusing it of a pro-EU bias. Is the corporation’s editorial independence under threat?  Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Department of Health v. Information Commissioner, Why we should see Andrew Lansley’s diary in the run up to 2011 NHS reforms – David Hart QC

16 04 2015

Andrew LansleyOn 30 March 2015, the Upper Tribunal gave judgment in the case of Department of Health v. Information Commissioner et al [2015] UKUT 159. Simon Lewis had requested that the Department of Health supply him with copies of the ministerial diary of Andrew Lansley from May 2010 until April 2011, via a Freedom of Information request. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: The Tracking Device, Email Hacks and Invasion of Privacy – Susan Brenner

15 04 2015

US_Courthouse,_East_St_LouisThis post examines a U.S. District Court Judge in the Southern District of Illinois‘s recent opinion in a civil case:  Troeckler v. Zeiser, 2015 WL 1042187 (2015). The suit was brought by two plaintiffs: Theresa Troeckler and Candice Zeiser sued Donald Zeiser, Steven Jacobsen, Kyvon Services, LLC, Mark Stueck, William Reynolds and Brighton Lewis, Inc. Read the rest of this entry »








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