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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.

11:00, 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.

11:00, 17th September 2015
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Cheesy Porn: A Fetish For Unauthorised Product Placement

A popular pornographic video streaming site has recently attracted attention from the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese consortium, following use of the protected cheese name in an advert for the streaming service. Hypothetically, how might litigation over this matter play out in the English courts?

11:00, 9th September 2015
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How to Save the Internet 101: Net Neutrality & Competition Law

Net neutrality is the concept of all internet service providers (e.g. Sky, Virgin Media, BT etc.) and governments should treat all data on the internet equally. It is idealistic, but at least half has potential, but is not without challenges. How might competition law help to remedy some issues?

11:00, 12th August 2015
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Public Service Broadcasting Pt I: How Do We Compare?

With the upcoming renewal of the BBC's Charter, we compare British public broadcasting with that of Germany and the USA. Is the BBC really as bad as the British think? The Germans have a much higher licence fee, with lower public perception, and the USA a grant of a mere $445 million USD.

11:00, 6th August 2015
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War on Google: Vestager Strikes Back

Under Margrethe Vestager (the new Commissioner for Competition), the European Union has entered a new, dynamic era of competition law enforcement. One of her more significant first moves has been to reinstate the investigation into Google's dominance in vertical search markets, particularly shopping

13:14, 14th May 2015
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The Sony Hack: Cyber Attacks and International Law

In December 2014 the world was shocked to hear that North Korea was responsible for the Sony hack. In response, it is alleged that the US government pulled the cord on North Korea's internet. What does international law say about retaliation to 'cyber warfare'? Do the usual rules of warfare apply?

12:00, 24th February 2015
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Politics in Competition Law

Following their influx into the European Union, American technology companies have been greeted with a degree of political hostility towards their dominant market position. This has notably seen EU politicians impetuously attempting to push competition law enforcers against these technology giants.

12:00, 3rd February 2015
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The European War on Google: The Android (Part I)

Whilst Google Inc. is loved by many, it has developed quite the rap sheet as far as the EU is concerned. The EU continues to attack their search engine, but now has an additional target: the Android operating system and its alleged competition law infringements. Are these allegations really fair?

12:12, 7th January 2015
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Lauren Riley On The Link App

Apprentice star Lauren Riley discusses her business, The Link App. When Lauren went into family practice, she expected to be put through the mill emotionally, but nothing prepared her for the time spent on admin. Consequently, her app is a 21st Century Solution to solicitor-client communication.

12:15, 22nd November 2014
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Facebook Consumes WhatsApp

Facebook's recent acquisition of WhatsApp represents one of the biggest acquisitions ever seen at a staggering cost of $19 billion. During the process of the deal, the European Commission carefully decided that the two companies were not close competitors in order to approve the acquisition.

11:00, 16th October 2014
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How Long Until Privacy Prevails?

Last month, Lord Neuberger gave a speech concerning the need for privacy law reform. As consumers, we are increasingly giving more and more personal information to second and third parties. Chris Bridges presents some ideas for heightened data regulation to protect this valuable information.

11:15, 13th September 2014
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Online Gambling: A Jurisdictional Nightmare

Companies operating online bookmakers and casinos have been able to dodge their tax bills, and avoid UK regulation, by relocating abroad, in particular to the Isle of Man, Guernsey, and Gibraltar. However, this is all about to change, with incoming game-changing licensing and tax regulations.

11:00, 21st August 2014
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From DRIP to an ocean of trouble for the UK Legislature

The introduction of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act in response to the ECJ's judgment in April, amongst other considerations, has demonstrated a blatant disregard for the protection of fundamental rights. Thomas Horton provides a comprehensive analysis of DRIPA and its likely fate.

11:00, 6th August 2014
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