Jun 21st 2017

Privacy, security, data protection and civil liberties in the Queen’s Speech

This morning the Queen outlined the Government’s plans for the next two years. The full text is available online here. A number of proposals relevant to privacy, security, data protection and the freedom of the internet were included. These fall under a number of headings. Digital Charter Data Protection Countering Extremism Counter Terrorism Arguably all […]

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Apr 5th 2017

Should removal of privacy be a condition of travel?

Are you prepared to hand over the passwords to your social media accounts to the USA authorities as a condition of wanting to go to America for a holiday, for business, to see family or to study? Probably not? Today’s news features a story that the US Government may consider asking UK travellers to the […]

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Jan 12th 2017

Update on the Government’s Custody Image Review

Back in February 2015 it was revealed that over 18 million custody images had been uploaded to a searchable police database. It is thought that many of these images were of innocent people. It was done without informing either the Biometrics Commissioner or the Home Office. The scheme was the subject of widespread criticism from […]

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Jan 5th 2017

More Good Ideas about Protecting Personal Data Online

Growing Up Digital, a new report by the Children’s Commissioner for England, considers the issues young people face online and how to tackle them via a number of great recommendations. The key point picked up by the press is the need to simplify the hugely complex terms and conditions policies which children have to sign-up […]

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Oct 11th 2016

Social Media Law: More Guidance but No Progress

To coincide with Hate Crime Awareness Week the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has published updated guidance on how to deal with cases which involve the use of social media. The laws which are used to tackle social media crime were also the subject of a Big Brother Watch report in February 2015. Careless Whispers outlined […]

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