The long-awaited report by Lord Justice Leveson into the culture, practices and ethics of the press was published yesterday, and almost immediately a division emerged between the main political parties over his core recommendation – a statutory ‘underpinning’ for a new system of press regulation that is entirely independent of newspaper editors and proprietors.
Lord Leveson, an Appeal Court judge, was thoroughly critical of press behaviour in recent years. He cited the cases of people caught up in tragic news stories through no fault of their own who were treated merely as grist to the mill by several newspapers. For example, two families that lost a child in terrible circumstances, the Dowlers and the McCanns.
Google has released data showing governments made around 21,000 requests for Google’s data in the first half of the year, according to the BBC.
Google’s Transparency Report shows the number of data access and content removal requests the search giant receives from government and copyright holders.
A 47-year-old ex-police officer from the Nottingham force, Robert Kirk, was jailed for eight months yesterday at Derby Crown Court after pleading guilty to inappropriately accessing police records earlier this month, according to BBC News.
Kirk, from West Bridgford, had been under investigation by the force’s Professional Standards Department since November 2010 and was placed on restricted duties accordingly. He was suspended from the force in April 2011, and charged with one count of misconduct in a public office earlier this year.
Last week, the American state of California passed a law that will make it illegal for employers to demand employees’ social media passwords, according to Ars Technica.
In a related piece of legislation, universities will also be banned from requiring students to disclose their social media information.
The Independent reports today that police investigating illegal newsgathering are in the possession of evidence suggesting a private detective agency conducted a burglary while working for News of the World.
South London private detective agency Southern Investigations targeted an unnamed individual’s home in order to obtain information on the resident, according to today’s report.
Given the recent publication of photos containing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing at a private property in Provence by the French magazine Closer, we thought we’d look at when invading privacy is justified.
When does intruding into a person’s private life become in the public interest? Is the fact that Kate Middleton now a member of the royal family enough to warrant publishing photos of her sunbathing topless whilst on holiday in France?
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have taken the unprecedented decision to launch legal action in the French courts, according to the Daily Mail.
A complaint has been filed at the Tribunal de Grande Instance (a civil court) in Nanterre, a suburb of Paris, and a hearing will take place on Monday.
Rules set up 10 years ago to help authorities investigate terrorism and serious criminal activity are still being misused despite legislation requiring some bodies to seek authority from a magistrate, according to a report released today by Big Brother Watch.
The privacy and civil liberties watchdog conducted a study into usage of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) by public bodies and local authorities.
A court in the US has ordered Twitter, the popular social networking site, to hand over the messages and personal details of a user who was arrested during last year’s Occupy Wall Street protest, report the BBC and Wall Street Journal.
Malcolm Harris was one of hundreds of protestors arrested on 1 October during a march across Brooklyn Bridge in New York.
The Communications Bill proposed by the Coalition Government, which covers new powers enabling certain state agencies to acquire information about citizens’ communications, was published in draft form last Thursday. According to BBC News the draft bill includes a new measure relating to storing information in postal mail.
Firstly, if the Communications Bill becomes law in its present form, details of all UK internet use will be stored for up to 12 months. During this time, it can be accessed by police, the security services and HM Revenue and Customs, in order to assist with criminal investigations.