NEWS: MARCH 2017

Mail Online Columnist Katie Hopkins to Pay £24k in Damages for ‘War Memorial’ Tweets Katie Hopkins, a columnist for the Mail Online, lost a libel case brought by blogger Jack Monroe and has been ordered to pay £24,000 in damages. In May 2015, Hopkins sent a tweet that suggested that Monroe had either vandalized, or approved of […]

NEWS: FEBRUARY 2017

Syrian Refugee Sues Facebook for False Social Media Reports A Syrian refugee is suing Facebook after a selfie he took with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel was used on social media to accuse him of involvement in terrorist attacks. Anas Modamani is accusing Facebook of failing to use pre-emptive technology to filter out fake news. Click […]

PJS v NEWS GROUP NEWSPAPERS [2016] UKSC 26

Summary In January 2016, the Court of Appeal discharged an interim injunction that prevented newspapers from publishing identification of celebrity PJS, or the facts or details relating to the sexual activities of PJS with two other people. The Court of Appeal discharged the injunction on the basis that the appearance of the information on the […]

NEWS: JANUARY 2017

European ePrivacy Directive to Curb Message Tracking A proposed revision to the European ePrivacy Directive will directly affect messaging services such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Gmail. The tracking of users will be prohibited unless it is critical for billing or other specific purposes, or if the user has given consent. Click here for the […]

The GDPR: what’s all the fuss?

The General Data Protection Regulation, or ‘GDPR’, has been created to provide stronger protection of personal data than that contained in the EU Directive 95/46/EC. The Directive, dating from 1995, introduced a framework that is now inadequate given the enormous changes in digital information and the way in which we use technology. The GDPR will […]