NEWS: APRIL 2017

UK Supreme Court Dismisses ‘No-win, No-fee’ Appeal for Defamation Cases

The Supreme Court dismissed an appeal brought by Times Newspapers Limited, Associated Newspapers Limited and MGN Limited against the no-win, no-fee system applied to defamation cases in the UK. The appeal challenged the principle that a claimant bringing a defamation claim on a CFA is entitled to a success fee. Click here for the judgment.

UK GDPR Consultation

The UK government is seeking views from stakeholders regarding the derogations in the General Data Protection Regulation, which id due to come into effect on 25 May 2018. The consultation closes at midday on 10 May 2017. To submit your view, click here.

 

Facebook Creates Tools to Combat Nonconsensual Pornography

Facebook has created a new set of tools to prevent revenge pornography. Using photo-matching technology, Facebook will automatically block users from sharing images that have been previously flagged and removed. The step is hoped to prevent such images going ‘viral’. Click here for the article.

 

New Phone Hacking Claims Filed against UK Newspapers

According to the BBC, 63 alleged victims of phone hacking have filed claims against the newspapers The Sun and the (now defunct) News of the World. Celebrities Elton John and Gordon Ramsay are believed to be among the claimants. Click here for the article.

 

Inventor of the World Wide Web Wins Turing Award

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has been given the Association for Computing Machinery’s Turing Award. The award began in 1966 and recognizes a person’s major contribution to computing. Click here for his interview with the Guardian newspaper.