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Communications Data: A Critical Investigative Tool or a Charter to Snoop?

When granting law enforcement authorities access to communications data, the law must strike a balance between the interests of public protection and the individual right to privacy. The UK's current law in this area appears to be failing in this respect; more must be done to correct the imbalance.

12:00, 17th July 2018
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NT1 & NT2 v Google Pt II: Hiding Criminal Convictions

Expanding on the first article on NT1 & NT2 v Google [2018], consideration is given to the significant Google Spain [2014] decision, over which a fundamental balancing exercise was undertaken by Warby J.

12:00, 12th June 2018
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NT1 & NT2 v Google Pt I: The Right to be Forgotten

The right to be forgotten received considerable attention following the ECJ's judgment in Google Spain [2014]. Warby J recently expanded the legal mechanism in NT1 & NT2 v Google [2018] when assessing whether it permits the hiding of information about the past criminal convictions of data subjects.

12:00, 8th June 2018
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Enhancing Privacy and Data Protection: The GDPR and the Road Ahead

The previous legislation responsible for governing data protection had problems. It is therefore welcome that the GDPR enhances the protection over individuals’ privacy rights: it is a significant step in the right direction, filling in gaps previously left to the courts to cover.

12:00, 5th June 2018
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A Dose of Privacy? The Impact of GDPR on the NHS

The recent implementation of the GDPR has far reaching implications for many types of industries. The NHS, in particular, must ensure that it complies with the regulations, particularly in light of its status as one of the largest employers in the world and the nature of the data it holds.

12:10, 29th May 2018
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An Introduction to the GDPR and its Impact on Competition Law

The General Data Protection Regulation introduces a new regime that seeks to modernise data protection law by imposing new obligations upon organisations. It seems likely to have positive impact on competition law, so long as clear lines can be drawn delineating when each body of law applies.

12:00, 25th May 2018
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Dead on Arrival: The Investigatory Powers Act 2016

The UK's current legislation on the retention of data - nicknamed the Snoopers' Charter - looks set to be scrutinised by the ECJ after many privacy groups have expressed concerns over its compliance with EU law. It is one of the many failures of the UK legislature to draft suitable law in this area.

12:00, 29th September 2017
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Misuse of Private Information: The Failure to Protect the Right to Privacy

Privacy is under threat. The fight against terrorism and the emergence of social media have meant it is increasingly hard to protect information about our personal lives. And, to compound matters, the current remedies for the infringements of privacy rights we do have are simply not sufficient.

12:00, 10th February 2017
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PJS: Injunctions in an Online World

Injunctions are an incredibly common remedy, dealing with issues from boundary disputes to anti-social behaviour. In recent years, however, the power has come under more scrutiny where injunctions are used to prevent details of the private lives of public figures being reported.

12:00, 27th July 2016
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General Data Protection Regulation:Triumph for Privacy or the End to Expression?

Due to come into force in the latter stages of 2018, some have already described the General Data Protection Regulation as “a milestone of the digital age”. We must celebrate that privacy law is now developing through the GDPR to allow effective protection of technology users, but at what cost?

12:00, 13th April 2016
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Is Mass Surveillance Safer in the Hands of Parliament?

The Government has now published the draft Investigatory Powers Bill that it hopes to see through Parliament by December 2016. However, the Bill is not what it seems and has been subject to widespread criticism. What 'safeguards' to privacy does the Bill contain, and are they effective?

12:00, 11th March 2016
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The Ashley Madison Scandal: It’s About More Than Infidelity

The recent hacking of alternative dating site Ashley Madison caused thousands of users’ details to be spread across the internet, causing quite a scandal. This has exposed, or reiterated, depending on your perspective, the issue of internet privacy and its vulnerability to attack and manipulation.

12:00, 14th October 2015
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Living in an Interconnected World – A Legal Conundrum

It is no secret that the tech sector is booming, in part to the growing trend of inter connected devices; the internet of things. Whilst this has many excited, it may make those that are legally minded a little dizzy. These developments pose some novel questions, particularly regarding privacy.

12:00, 17th September 2015
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‘The right to be forgotten’ – the answer to revenge porn?

This week the first person to be found guilty of the new ‘revenge porn’ offence has been sentenced. However, whilst this may give the victim a feeling of justice, it does not remedy the situation; images remain online. How might the right to be forgotten help victims of revenge pornography?

12:00, 2nd September 2015
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