How the UK passed the most invasive surveillance law in democratic history – Paul Bernal

25 11 2016

image-20161123-19696-167r7twYou might not have noticed thanks to world events, but the UK parliament recently approved the government’s so-called Snooper’s Charter and it will soon become law. This nickname for the Investigatory Powers Bill is well earned. Read the rest of this entry »





Why the media got it so wrong on Trump and Brexit – Richard Sambrook

17 11 2016

trumpIn the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election, the US media has embarked on a flurry of self recrimination. Much of what they discuss applies equally to the UK media and the problems with news coverage of the EU referendum. Read the rest of this entry »





Hacked Off: The Government’s Consultation on the Press: Amber Rudd and Karen Bradley are trying to deceive the public

16 11 2016

consultationHome Secretary Amber Rudd and Culture Secretary Karen Bradley have launched a public consultation on the press, but in flagrant breach of the spirit of honest consultation they are twisting the truth and loading the odds. Read the rest of this entry »





Enemies of the people: MPs and press gang up on the constitution over High Court Brexit ruling – Gavin Phillipson

4 11 2016

daily-mail-brexit-judges-front-pageSome of the reaction to the Article 50 judgment in the High Court is frankly frightening. Do pro-Brexit politicians and journalists attach any value at all to what we call the “rule of law” or the “independence of the judiciary”? Or are they out simply to bully the court’s judges and whip up hatred against them? Read the rest of this entry »





News: Supreme Court gives permission to appeal in Mirror phone hacking costs case

27 10 2016

510-supreme-court-1On 26 October 2016, the Supreme Court (Lords Mance, Reed and Toulson) gave Mirror Group Newspapers permission to appeal against a decision of Mann J on costs and CFAs. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Privacy International v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Collection of bulk personal datasets was unlawful – Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

26 10 2016

gchqOn 17 October 2016, the investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) delivered its judgment in the case Privacy International v. Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs et al. The skeleton arguments for the claimants and respondents can be accessed here. Read the rest of this entry »





Liability and responsibility: new challenges for Internet intermediaries – Monica Horten

23 10 2016

monica_horten_iptegrity-e1456405754866How might policy-makers address demands for removal or policing of Internet content?  Starting in the spring of 2016, a suite of proposals has emerged from the European Commission regarding Internet intermediaries and liability for content. Read the rest of this entry »