To pap or not to pap: Some advice on news pictures and privacy – Amber Melville-Brown

31 08 2015

prince_george_handoutA letter from the Queen means you’ve reached the ripe old age of 100. A letter from Kensington Palace may mean you’ve overstepped the mark snapping pictures of a royal prince. Read the rest of this entry »





The Labour Party “purge” and social media privacy – Paul Bernal

30 08 2015

Labour PartyThe so-called ‘Labour Purge’ has many disturbing elements – from the motivations behind those who might ‘need’ to be purged to the motivations of those who want to purge them – but there is one aspect that appeared yesterday that seems to have been largely ignored: the attitude to people’s privacy. Read the rest of this entry »





Ashley Madison and the Shark Infested Seas of the Deep Web – Rhory Robertson and Clare Brown

28 08 2015

Deep-Web-Iceberg-e1432663755280The recent hacking of the Ashley Madison website has inevitably caused a vast avalanche of commentary, covering everything from users’ morality to company security. As we concluded in our previous article  apart from the fallout on people’s personal lives from the data dump, the hackers’ employment of the so-called ‘dark web’ to communicate their criminal acts needs further exploration. Read the rest of this entry »





A Picture of Grief and Shock Too Far – Amber Melville-Brown

28 08 2015

anchor-for-virginia-shootingYesterday I wrote a piece dealing with the privacy issues arising out of the Shoreham air disaster on this side of the Pond.  With eerie timing, on the same day, America unintentionally watched live on TV the murder of two journalists, shot dead by a disgruntled former colleague at ABC News. Read the rest of this entry »





Air Crash Media: Photography, Privacy and Grief – Amber Melville-Brown

27 08 2015

phoneography2Car crash TV is defined in the Urban Dictionary as ‘any TV programme that, like a recent car crash in the street, you know you shouldn’t watch, you know you’ll regret looking, but you just can’t help yourself’. Read the rest of this entry »





Ashley Madison, personal data release and the dark web – Rhory Robertson and Clare Brown

21 08 2015

Ashley-MadisonHackers calling themselves ‘The Impact Team’ (TIT) have carried out their threat to release the hacked data from the adult dating site Ashley Madison (AM), which uses the slogan: “Life is short. Have an affair“. AM is part of Canadian company Avid Life Media (ALM), which specialises in websites offering married users opportunities to hook up with similarly attached people. Other associated ALM sites include Cougar Life and Established Men. Read the rest of this entry »





A judicial ‘OK’ for celebrity feet of clay – Amber Melville-Brown

14 08 2015

feetofclay2As Fleet Street’s annual silly season sets in, thank goodness for the common sense of Mrs Justice Laing.

In a short interim privacy injunction ruling, the High Court judge has ruled that infidelity doesn’t necessarily equate to hypocrisy sufficient to justify the former lover spilling the private beans. Read the rest of this entry »








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