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[ 24 Mar 2014 | No Comment ]
Right to privacy: can we really trust Google Glass?

By David Cook
It is difficult to have missed the hype surrounding Google Glass (referred to simply as “Glass”), not only because of its futuristic technological capabilities and design, but also the concerns it raises for an individual’s Art 8 right to privacy.
Glass is, relatively speaking, inconspicuous. The camera enables the wearer, simply by voice command, to take photographs or record videos and upload these to the internet much more quickly and covertly than would be the case with a camera or smartphone. The difference between the technologies is three-fold:

It is …

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[ 12 Apr 2013 | Comments Off ]
The changing Face(book) of family law

By Lehna Hewitt and Sarah Hughes
Research carried out by Divorce-Online in 2012 highlights the huge significance that social media now has to family law. The study found that one in three divorce petitions in the UK list Facebook as a contributing factor, with flirtatious e-mails and messages sent on the site being one of the most commonly cited examples of unreasonable behaviour. Office romances and affairs that took months or even years to develop in the real world can now happen almost instantaneously on Facebook and Twitter. People can connect …

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[ 20 Feb 2013 | Comments Off ]
Wikipedia coverage of the UK constitution: courting controversy

By Roger Smith
Professor Andrew Le Sueur is a mild-mannered, rather thoughtful public law academic at Queen Mary, University of London. But he is a professor with a mission.
He is outraged by the Wikipedia coverage of the UK constitution. Making his pitch in the UK Constitutional Law Blog, he lamented that the Wikipedia article on the UK constitution, first port of call for many a lay person (and law student in a hurry), “would not pass a peer review process for an academic journal and nor would it receive a good …

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[ 21 Nov 2012 | Comments Off ]
Data protection: getting the “one stop shop” principle to work

By Eduardo Ustaran
Going all the way to the Rio de la Plata to discuss the content of the future European data protection framework seems a little over the top, but the recent International Privacy Commissioners’ Conference in Punta del Este, Uruguay provided a perfect forum as a neutral ground for a fierce policy debate. Surrounded by equally fierce winds and rain for added dramatic effect, regulators and other influential stakeholders in the privacy world locked horns in the most constructive possible way for three days to make the most of …

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[ 7 Jun 2012 | Comments Off ]
Employer Facebook stalking leaves Congress gawking and users squawking

By Charles Worthering, on behalf of Accident-compensation.co.uk
In the US, many public and private employers are routinely asking job applicants for their Facebook passwords during job interviews and checking their profiles on the spot for content that might make them undesirable job candidates. The agencies/employers are not requesting login information but are asking applicants to access their personal accounts on a company computer during the job interview to allow the interviewer to view their profiles.
Needless to say, these actions have been strongly condemned, both in the US and the UK, and …