Government fragments data protection policy and leaves Leveson’s data protection recommendations to rot – Chris Pounder

30 09 2015

DCMSThe transfer of responsibility for data protection policy to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is a really bad idea.  It fragments responsibility for data protection policy across three Departments of State and risks reducing the protection afforded to data subjects.  Important data protection recommendations from Leveson will be shelved.  This blog explains why. Read the rest of this entry »





South Africa: The case against criminal defamation – Dario Milo

29 09 2015

Case against Criminal DefamationThe ANC has dropped a welcome bombshell, saying the law has a chilling effect on free speech. One of the most significant events in the recent South African history of free speech and media law happened last Saturday at a workshop on criminal defamation, arranged by the ANC’s legal research group. Read the rest of this entry »





IPSO Chief Executive descends to double speak in an attempt to mask its failure – Jonathan Coad

28 09 2015

Murdoch and IPSOAt the Protecting the Media conference on 24 September 2015 one of the speakers was the IPSO Chief Executive, Matt Tee. He was given a slot to make his case that IPSO was fit for purpose as a genuinely independent and effective regulator. Despite the assumption that he had crafted the best possible case for this proposition, what emerged was further cogent evidence to the contrary. Read the rest of this entry »





The internet hasn’t killed privacy, but it has changed it forever- Jose Such

27 09 2015

frk5pkff-1442405564When people say “privacy is dead”, it’s usually for one of two reasons. Either they truly believe that privacy is irrelevant or unachievable in today’s hyper-connected world or, more often, that not enough is being done to protect privacy when huge amounts of personal information are being posted online. Although I agree more could be done to protect privacy online, I believe that privacy is not dead, it’s just changing forms. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Note: Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner, The beginning of the end for safe harbour? – Lorna Woods

26 09 2015

schremsThe Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has delivered his non-binding legal opinion in Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner, a case brought by an Austrian citizen against the Irish Data Protection Commissioner concerning the transfer of Facebook data to US servers.  Professor Lorna Woods, University of Essex, reports and comments on the opinion – and its potential implications. Read the rest of this entry »





Can our laws cope with online harassment, revenge porn and other internet nasties? – Amber Melville-Brown

25 09 2015

Online HarassmentEngland’s laws are slow to catch up with the proliferation of misdemeanours which occur online, says Amber Melville-Brown in piece originally published on the Spears website. Read the rest of this entry »





The prime minister and the pig: inside Britain’s weirdest Twitter storm – Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

24 09 2015

David Cameron at Leveson inquirtyDid the prime minister have sexual relations with that (dead) pig? This was the question that set Twitter alight with photoshopped images, video memes and endless pig-related jokes and puns under the #piggate hashtag. Read the rest of this entry »