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 »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Kurski v. Poland: Ordering politician to publish apology for defaming Polish newspaper violated Article 10 – Ronan Ó Fathaigh

16 07 2016

gw 20130124-covThe European Court’s Fourth Section has held that a successful civil action by a newspaper against a Polish politician for alleging the newspaper had an “agreement” with an oil corporation to finance the newspaper’s “mass propaganda” against his political party, violated the politician’s freedom of expression. The opinion in Kurski v. Poland dealt with the unusual, but not rare, situation when a newspaper launches defamation proceedings against a politician for damaging its reputation, and the broader issue of ordering publication of apologies. Read the rest of this entry »





Brexit: Implications for Data Protection Law – Dan Tench

15 07 2016

data-protection-and-cyberFor months, data protection lawyers have been warning businesses in the UK to make preparations for the pending General Data Protection Regulation (the “Regulation”), due to come into force in May 2018. The Regulation provides for a ratcheting up of data protection obligations and a hefty new fining regime for breaches of these obligations of up to 4% of global turnover. Read the rest of this entry »





“I tweet therefore I am … subject to data protection law”? – Brendan Van Alsenoy

14 07 2016

TwitterIn less than 30 years, individuals have transcended their role as passive “data subjects” to become actively involved in the creation, distribution and consumption of personal data. Unless an exemption or derogation applies, individuals are – at least in theory – subject to data protection law. Read the rest of this entry »





Brexit and the Media: A Fair Fight? – Damian Tambini

13 07 2016

SunA predictable ‘blame the media’ theme has surfaced following the Brexit vote. This has taken two forms that seem to contradict one another. On one hand, the vote to leave is seen by Natalie Fenton and others as a result of a classic newspaper-led campaign of propaganda, involving covert reciprocities between key personalities, unchallenged by the BBC which took the easy option of ‘balancing’ all opinions in mechanical impartiality, rather than serving the search for truth. Read the rest of this entry »





Cyber bullying and the workplace – Rhory Robertson and Clare Taylor

12 07 2016

cyberbullying_atwork-1024x487The ever increasing presence of social media in our lives, whether old or young, is undeniable. Although it has its benefits, the risks of bullying via social media in an employment context cannot be ignored, and represents a developing threat to businesses which employers must manage effectively. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 11 July 2016

11 07 2016

Weekly Round UPThe long awaited publication of the Chilcot report was one of the week’s most covered stories. The press was highly critical of Tony Blair, with each newspaper damning the former prime minister with highly negative headlines. Read the rest of this entry »








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