High Court ruling against Facebook over sex offender post shows media must act promptly on take-down requestsBy Cleland Thom 16 April 23:26
Media websites would do well to heed a recent decision by the Northern Ireland high court about the way Facebook responded to a take-down request.
By Cleland Thom 31 March 12:32
The first bout of Dave v Ed on TV last night signaled the unofficial start of the general election campaign. And journalists can look forward two another five weeks on mud-slinging, claim and counter-claim.
New government figures confirm the recent trend that privacy junctions are becoming a thing of the past
There's a saying that one man's tragedy is another man's treasure
A powerful House of Commons committee has called for training and guidance on the use of Personal Information Notices (PINs) by police
By Cleland Thom 01 March 19:55
Journalists will be able to cover some court cases without leaving their desks if a new recommendations are implemented by the government.
By Cleland Thom 07 February 18:06
The case of the Croydon Advertiser reporter who was warned by police for emailing and door-stepping a woman who was later convicted of fraud raises some worrying legal issues.
Coleen Rooney will drink to ICO ruling that non-journalists carrying out journalism exempt under Data Protection ActBy Cleland Thom 02 February 21:58
Greater minds than mine - and there are many - have grappled with the issue: What is a journalist?
By Cleland Thom 13 January 17:58
The brutal excecution of the Charlie Hebdo journalists last week didn't surprise me. There have always been those who are so arrogant, and yet so thin-skinned and insecure about their beliefs, that they feel compelled to kill people who disagree with them.
Victims of 'media abuse' may turn to the Data Protection Act now that it is harder to bring libel actionsBy Cleland Thom 05 January 10:03
The new Defamation Act makes it harder for individuals to sue media organisations. But editors shouldn’t be complacent.
There’s nothing like a Christmas quiz. And this is nothing like a Christmas quiz. It’s a chance to test your knowledge of some of 2014’s legal and ethical issues.
By Cleland Thom 17 December 11:20
The Information Commissioner has urged the media to be 'open and honest' with the public when they are using drones.
By Cleland Thom 28 November 10:12
EU privacy regulators are attempting to stop the media from circumventing people's 'right to be forgotten' requests.
By Cleland Thom 26 November 12:52
The first libel case under the new Defamation Act has put one important issue beyond doubt: libel juries are likely to be a thing of the past.
Society of Editors backs Clegg's call for press' legal right to a public interest defence with laws like RIPABy Cleland Thom 28 October 10:23
A call by Nick Clegg to have a public interest defence for the press inserted into laws like RIPA and the Bribery Act has been backed by the Society of Editors.
Journalists whose researched is hampered by the Google Spain Right to be forgotten ruling should be able to find delisted content via Google.com.
A change in copyright law could make media websites even more vulnerable to having their content ripped off.
Journalists should store contacts on their own computers if they want to keep them when they move jobsBy Cleland Thom 15 October 15:01
A new warning by the Information Commissioner could affect journalists if they take their contact books with them when they leave their jobs.
Police must now explain why they went against Parliament's wishes in using RIPA to target journalistsBy Cleland Thom 14 October 0:15
The Home Office's announcement that it will introduce measures to stop the police using RIPA to access journalists' phone records appears to be a rare victory for press freedom.
By Cleland Thom 07 October 13:04
I welcome Ofcom's decision to take no further action against Sky TV’s Colin Brazier over his report of the MH