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21 Apr 2015
An environmental journalist has achieved a victory over the Information Commissioner in an attempt to obtain information about bad landlords under the Freedom of Information Act. A tribunal has ordered the Ministry of Justice to hand over the information on convicted landlords to Tom Wall, digital editor of the Environmental Health News, after they rejected the IC’s decision that the information should be kept secret.
High Court ruling against Facebook over sex offender post shows media must act promptly on take-down requests16 Apr 2015
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.
31 Mar 2015
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
01 Mar 2015
Journalists will be able to cover some court cases without leaving their desks if a new recommendations are implemented by the government.
07 Feb 2015
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 Act02 Feb 2015
Greater minds than mine - and there are many - have grappled with the issue: What is a journalist?
13 Jan 2015
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 actions05 Jan 2015
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.
17 Dec 2014
The Information Commissioner has urged the media to be 'open and honest' with the public when they are using drones.
28 Nov 2014
EU privacy regulators are attempting to stop the media from circumventing people's 'right to be forgotten' requests.
26 Nov 2014
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 RIPA28 Oct 2014
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 jobs15 Oct 2014
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 journalists14 Oct 2014
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.