For all we know: Freedom of Speech, Radicalisation and the Prevent Duty – Paul Wragg

22 08 2016

cvr-PreventGuidanceSeptember marks three anniversaries: it is fifteen years since the 9/11 attacks, it is one year since the so-called ‘prevent’ duty became law, and it is seventy-two years since the University of Chicago Press published The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich August Hayek (The Collected Works of FA Hayek, vol 2, Bruce Caldwell, ed (University of Chicago Press, 2007)).  Read the rest of this entry »





Sir Cliff Richard investigation highlights issues with pre-charge bail – Jonathan Hicks

7 08 2016

Sir Cliff Richard is one of many famous faces to have been investigated for allegations of historic sex abuse, with the police and the Crown Prosecution Service ultimately taking no further action. Read the rest of this entry »





Digital Economy Bill, Clause 64, HMRC information – Dan Tench

29 07 2016

hmrc-2In a post on 26 July 2016, I wrote about three curiosities arising from Part 5 of the Digital Economy Bill which provides for the sharing of information in government.  There is however one further important curiosity relating to Part 5 of the Bill concerning information held by HMRC and arising from a case recently before the Supreme Court, R (Ingenious Media and Anr) v HMRCRead the rest of this entry »





Digital Economy Bill: new offences for the disclosure of information and the risk to journalists – Dan Tench

26 07 2016

commons_floor-460In the recent weeks of political furore, readers may have missed the publication on 5 July of the Digital Economy Bill.  The Bill contains a ragbag of provisions from controlling access to online pornography to regulation of the BBC. Read the rest of this entry »





Human Rights and National Data Retention Law: the Opinion in Tele 2 and Watson – Lorna Woods

22 07 2016

tele2The Advocate-General’s opinion of 19 July 2016 concerns two references from national courts which both arose in the aftermath of the invalidation of the Data Retention Directive (Directive 2006/24) in Digital Rights Ireland dealing with whether the retention of communications data en masse complies with EU law.  Read the rest of this entry »





Big Brother Watch Report: Data Breaches by Police Staff and Recommendations for Change

17 07 2016

big-brother-watchBetween June 2011 and December 2015 there were at least 2,315 data breaches by police staff. Over 800 members of staff accessed personal information without a policing purpose and information was inappropriately shared with third parties on more than 800 occasions. Read the rest of this entry »





Tony Blair took Britain to war in 2003: but most of Fleet Street marched with him – John Jewell

7 07 2016

Tony BlairWhen, in October 2015, Tony Blair apologised for the use of “wrong” intelligence in the run up to the 2003 Iraq war, his contrition was qualified. Speaking to Fareed Zakaria on CNN, the former prime minister also said: “I also apologise for some of the mistakes in planning and, certainly, our mistake in our understanding of what would happen once you removed the regime”. Read the rest of this entry »








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