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 »





Law and Media Round Up – 14 April 2015

14 04 2015

Round Up 2013The Inforrm short Easter break ends today with a Law and Media Round Up covering the past fortnight and the forthcoming week.  The Easter Legal Term starts today and runs until 22 May 2015.  We are not aware of any libel or privacy trials listed over this period. Read the rest of this entry »





ISPs: data controllers as well as mere conduits? Does this make sense? What do we do with the e-privacy Directive if we care? – Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

13 04 2015

data-protection-lawSo here we are, the English Court of Appeal, as it has been explained by Alison Knight in her post, has recently held in the Google v Vidal-Hall case, among other things, that there was a serious issue to be tried that Browser-Generated Information (“BGI”) is personal data under the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA”), which strictly does not mean that BGI is personal data but it transpires from the decision – concerning an application to serve outside jurisdiction – that the judge could be convinced by such an idea at full trial. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, South Africa: City of Cape Town v Sanral, “It tolls for open justice” – Dario Milo

9 04 2015

Cape TownLast week, the South African Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) handed down its decision ( [2015] ZASCA 58) in the appeal by the City of Cape Town against a Western Cape High Court decision which had dramatically undermined the principle of open justice. Read the rest of this entry »





Inforrm: Easter Break and Hilary Term Case Review

7 04 2015

EasterThe Inforrm blog is taking a break from regular posting over Easter.  The Senior Courts (High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court) are closed until 14 April 2014, when the short Easter Legal Term will begin. Read the rest of this entry »





Operation Elveden, the CPS and the serious abuse of public trust – James Doleman

4 04 2015

Old-BaileyThe Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decision not to seek a re-trial in the case of a former News of the World journalist, whose conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal comes as no surprise. The reporter concerned, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had already served the relevant part of their sentence, home detention. So any further trial would seem to be rather pointless. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, India: Shreya Singhal v Union of India: Law on offensive communications ruled unconstitutional – Jonathan McCully

3 04 2015

SupremeCourtIndia1On 24 March 2015, the Supreme Court of India ruled on the constitutionality of various provisions in India’s Information Technology Act 2000 in Shreya Singhal v Union of India W.P. (Crim.) No 167 of 2012. Most notably, the Supreme Court held that India’s law on offensive communications was unconstitutional as it was liable to be used in a way that would unnecessarily curb freedom of speech and expression. Read the rest of this entry »








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