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Nothing illegal to see here: Tribunal says TEMPORA spying is OK

The UK’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) ruled Friday that GCHQ’s mass surveillance TEMPORA program is legal ... in principle. The IPT said that (again, in principle) British spooks are entitled to carry out mass surveillance of all fibre optic cables entering or leaving the UK under the 2000 RIPA law. It made the ruling …
Jennifer Baker, 05 Dec 2014
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£100m DMI omnifail: BBC managers' emails trawled by employment tribunal

Analysis The BBC last week stood by its dismissal of former technology chief John Linwood over the failed £100m digital media initiative. The Corporation was judged to have broken the law in dismissing Linwood and reading the tribunal’s findings makes the BBC's defence difficult to accept. According to the BBC, the tribunal “ …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Aug 2014
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GCHQ's 'NOSEY SMURF' spyware snoops dragged into secretive tribunal

Privacy International has launched a legal bid to stop GCHQ and British intelligence agents from "unlawfully" spying on Brits using malware. Its complaint [PDF] to the UK’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal is a formal challenge to snoops' use of malicious software and hacking to surveil people. The campaigning charity fears …
Jasper Hamill, 14 May 2014
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‘Scapegoated’ BBC tech boss calls foul, kicks off unfair sacking tribunal

The BBC’s former technology chief John Linwood claims he was made a scapegoat for the collapse of the Digital Media Initiative – the corporation’s £125m media sharing and archiving project that was axed a year ago with nothing to show for it. Linwood was placed on gardening leave (on full £287,000 pa pay) as the project was put …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 May 2014
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Doctors face tribunal over claims of plagiarism in iPhone app

Three doctors face the withdrawal or suspension of their licences to practise medicine after being accused of releasing an iPhone app which allegedly plagiarised material from an award-winning medical textbook. One of the three stands further accused of writing a "misleading" review praising the app on the App Store. The trio …
Jasper Hamill, 04 Sep 2013
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New Zealand's Copyright Tribunal to hear first cases

The New Zealand music industry has taken aim at illegal music downloaders threatening to use the controversial ‘Skynet’ law for the first time before the new Copyright Tribunal. The three strikes, Skynet law, passed in September last year allows copyright owners to send evidence of alleged infringements to carriers and ISPs, who …
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Accidental discounts land Apple in NZ's Disputes Tribunal

Apple is in trouble over pricing again – this time, however, because an apparent e-store glitch let a New Zealander whack together a $NZ1,600 order for $NZ35. Adam Crouchley, a 'Wordpress developer, SM advisor and Radio Announcer on Hashtag Radio', according to his LinkedIn profile, told El Reg, as we followed up a report by …
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News leech's fresh cash deal with rags 'reasonable' – tribunal

The fees that businesses will have to pay news aggregators of newspapers' online content for their services have been set after a Copyright Tribunal determined the terms were "reasonable". The Tribunal accepted licensing terms agreed upon by news monitoring service Meltwater and the Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA). Under the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 22 May 2012
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BBC man Linwood 'was unfairly sacked' over £100 MILLION DMI omnifail

A BBC technology chief who took the fall for the Corporation's failed £100m Digital Media Initiative was unfairly dismissed, an employment tribunal has ruled.. The tribunal that found that the BBC broke the law in suspending its chief technology officer, John Linwood. The tribunal found Linwood was unfairly dismissed under the …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Aug 2014
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Tribunal: ICO was wrong to bin angry man's FOI request

The UK's freedom of information (FOI) law watchdog was wrong to rule that an FOI request was vexatious, the Information Rights Tribunal – formerly the Information Tribunal – has ruled. The request had a "clear purpose and value" and was not "manifestly unreasonable", the Tribunal said. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO …
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Aug 2011

Evidence during FOI disputes can be provided in SECRET

Public bodies defending a decision to withhold information requested under freedom of information (FOI) laws can submit evidence to an information rights tribunal in secret, the Court of Appeal has ruled. The Court said that tribunal rules allow for closed evidence sessions to be conducted, meaning that neither the FOI requester …
OUT-LAW.COM, 05 Aug 2014
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Information Tribunal abolished as new service takes charge

The appeals process for freedom of information and data protection cases changes from today as the previous structure is absorbed into a wider tribunals service. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is responsible for monitoring organisations' compliance with freedom of information and data protection laws. Appeals …
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Jan 2010
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Tribunal rules Digifone paid bung for Irish GSM licence

An investigation into payments made to two Irish politicians has, for the last four years, focused on the GSM licence awarded in 1996, resulting in a decision that improper payments were made. The Moriarty Tribunal, part II (volumes 1 and 2 available now), explicitly states that Denis O'Brien's Esat Digifone made payments to …
Bill Ray, 23 Mar 2011
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Businesses believe tribunal system favours employees

Almost all employers think the current Employment Tribunal system favours employees over businesses, a new survey has found. Only 3 per cent of firms are satisfied with the current system while 97 per cent of companies think the system is weighted in favour of workers, the survey by law firm Pinsent Masons said. Pinsent Masons …
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Jun 2011

Former 2e2 workers WIN case for protective award

An employment tribunal has ruled in favour of former 2e2 workers' claims for protective awards. A year after the saga began, hundreds are to be paid up to eight weeks' wages by the government – the maximum allowed. There weren't many winners in the firm's collapse - save for, perhaps, the administrators - with staff out of a job …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jan 2014
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e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt

Brit taxpayers face a £224m bill in cancellation fees after the UK government scrapped a £750m contract for a passenger-checking computer system at its borders. The contract for the e-Borders IT project, which is supposed to scrutinize the identities of people entering the country, was signed in 2007, back when the Labour Party …
Iain Thomson, 19 Aug 2014
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Info Tribunal appeals to split from January

People appealing against rulings by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) will face a new tribunal structure from January next year. The Information Tribunal, which hears appeals on ICO rulings, will become part of a wider system. Under the new regime, which awaits Parliamentary approval, very serious or very complex cases …
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 Aug 2009
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Review mass-snoop laws regularly, says RIPA daddy Blunkett

Every Parliament must conduct a "complete review" of the controversial Regulation Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) as a safeguard against the expansion of its use, former home secretary David Blunkett said today. As home secretary in 2001 Blunkett was responsible for introducing the complex rules surrounding the use of the …
Kat Hall, 09 Dec 2014
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Canadian watchdog goes to court to probe Apple's iPhone deals with mobe networks

Watchdogs in Canada are investigating Apple over concerns the iPhone giant violated antitrust laws in its dealings with Canadian telcos. A spokesperson for Canada's Competition Bureau confirmed the Cupertino goliath is the subject of a probe into possible violations of the nation's Competition Act. "I can confirm that the …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Dec 2014
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ICO to fine UNBIDDEN MARKETEERS who cause 'ANXIETY'

Businesses that send spam text messages, make nuisance calls or carry out other types of unsolicited direct electronic marketing activity could be fined up to £500,000 if their actions cause "annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety", under new plans unveiled by the UK government. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) …
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Oct 2014

If you're suing the UK govt, Brit spies will snoop on your briefs

British agents spy on lawyers and their clients who are suing the UK government – and then pass their confidential conversations onto the government's legal team, it's claimed. Evidence of dirty tricks surfaced amid a court case brought against the British government by two Libyan families, who were kidnapped and sent back to …
Iain Thomson, 07 Nov 2014

Ex-2e2 staffers STILL waiting for wages owed

The frustration for hundreds of 2e2 staffers waiting to discover if they are to be paid wages owed to them continues nearly a year after the Berkshire-based integrator went under in dramatic circumstances. Some 356 claimants of 2e2 UK Ltd, Oakley Capital Ltd, Daisy Data Centre and Telefonica are holding out for the funds, and …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jan 2014

Former Tech Data UK beancounters may face rubber-glove treatment

The Financial Reporting Council will probe the processes used by staff linked to Tech Data UK's monumental three-year financial blunder. Blighty's largest technology distributor, previously known as Computer 2000, unearthed accountancy errors for fiscal 2011, 2012 and 2013 last spring. A subsequent internal investigation forced …
Paul Kunert, 12 May 2014
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Gov unveils plans to reduce employment tribunal claims

The government will remove the right of employees of one year standing to make unfair dismissal claims, will allow more Employment Tribunals to sit with a single judge and could ask claimants to pay to make a claim, it has said. Plans to reform the way that employees can make claims will also force all claims into arbitration …
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Jan 2011

Google closes briefcase on Italian job: Execs 'not liable' for privacy breach

Two senior Google staff members and another former executive at the company cannot be held liable for a breach of privacy caused when a video was uploaded to its Google Video platform in Italy, the Italian Supreme Court has ruled. Italian lawyer Marco Consonni of Orsingher Ortu, who read the judgment, told Out-Law.com that the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 06 Feb 2014
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Tax tribunal finds contractor wasn't employee

The Tax Tribunal has found that a contractor was not an employee in a case involving controversial tax avoidance law IR35. Whether or not a worker is an employee of a company or not can only be decided by looking at a wide range of facts related to their working life. It said a designer in the aircraft industry was not an Airbus …
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Feb 2011
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Tribunal orders DWP to release IT contract details

The Information Tribunal has ordered a government department to publish most of the till-now withheld details of a major IT contract, after ruling that the public interest was served better by disclosure than secrecy. The First Tier Tribunal has said (pdf) that most of the withheld material in a contract between the Department …
OUT-LAW.COM, 24 Sep 2010
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Hear that, Sigourney? Common names 'may not constitute personal data'

Common names of people may not, read alone, constitute "personal data", the Court of Appeal has said. The Court said that only if common names were matched with other information would it be possible to identify the individuals to whom the names relate. Data protection laws only apply to the processing of personal data. "A name …
OUT-LAW.COM, 12 Feb 2014

Former staffers of titsup Brit IT giant 2e2 haul administrator to court over pay

A group of former 2e2 staff are set to discover next week at an employment tribunal how successful they've been in efforts to recover monies they claim are owed to them by administrator FTI Consulting. The 200-strong bunch will have their case heard in Reading on 17 September under the representation of Jenny Andrews at Andrews …
Paul Kunert, 11 Sep 2013
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2e2 staffers get day in court over unpaid pre-meltdown wages

Hundreds of former 2e2 UK employees will be told just days before Christmas at a Reading tribunal whether wages owed to them will be paid in full or not. There are some 356 claimants of 2e2 UK Ltd, Oakley Capital Ltd, Daisy Data Centre and Telefonica, a clerk at Reading tribunal told The Channel. The hearing date has been set …
Paul Kunert, 24 Sep 2013
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Watching smut at work is bad but emailing it is just fine, says Oz court

Voyeurs rejoice! The Federal Court of Australia has ruled Aussies cannot be easily sacked for emailing porn to work colleagues. The ruling upheld a decision last year by Fair Work Australia which found the nation's mail service Australia Post was wrong to have sacked the three workers at the Dandenong Letter Centre for emailing …
Darren Pauli, 24 Jul 2014

Apple denied 'App Store' trademark by Australian court

Australia's Federal Court has decided Apple cannot trademark the term “App Store”. Apple's been trying to own the term in Australia since 2008, but in 2013 the nation's Registrar of Trademarks ruled that App Store “ does not distinguish the applicant on its own.” In other words, App Store doesn't apply to Apple alone. The …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Dec 2014

Appeal to again seek code for Australia's secret election software

Michael Cordover, who last November failed in his attempt to get the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to release its vote-counting software, now hopes to raise the funds to challenge the decision in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Back in November, the AEC decided that there were too many trade secrets embedded in its …
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'Video on internet may not be entirely truthful': Times headline

QuoTW This was the week when the infamous and terrifying Blue Screen of Death made its return to Windows systems. Folks who said yes to Microsoft’s 40 updates for Internet Explorer, Windows 7 and Windows 8 Pro were left tearing their hair out when the patches started bricking their machines. People had believed, or at least hoped, …
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Anti-drone bods haul MoD to court over SECRET KILLER ROBOTS

The Ministry of Defence is set to face a court hearing next week over its refusal to release information about Britain's lethal unmanned drone missions in Afghanistan. It will appear in front of the Information Tribunal on 23 and 24 September in a bid to defend its decision to throw a veil of secrecy around the use of drones in …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Sep 2013
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'GCHQ's surveillance data gulp is BULKY and WARRANTLESS', human rights groups moan

Britain's spooks routinely rummage through reams of intelligence data from the NSA and other foreign spy agencies without first having to request a warrant, it has been claimed. According to the human rights groups that brought the UK's snooping agency GCHQ to court in July this year, secret internal policies unveiled during a …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Oct 2014
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Copyright Tribunal rules will change to fast track smaller cases

The Government is changing the way that a copyright disputes body operates in a bid to save time and money. It has opened a consultation on the changes to the operation of the Copyright Tribunal. The Tribunal is the body that rules on disputes between users and collecting or licensing societies. These societies act for groups of …
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Apr 2009
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Info Tribunal fluffed on FOI, rules High Court

The Information Tribunal misunderstood part of a Freedom of Information (FOI) Act request and failed to properly adjudicate other parts of it, the High Court has said. The case must be re-considered by the Tribunal. The Information Tribunal hears appeals from decisions of the Information Commissioner, and Tribunal decisions can …
OUT-LAW.COM, 24 Jul 2009
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ISPs haul GCHQ into COURT over dragnet interwebs snooping

Britain's eavesdropping nerve centre GCHQ has been accused of unlawfully accessing the private communications of potentially millions of people – and angry internet service providers are dragging the snooping agency to court. ISPs and organisations from the US, UK, Netherlands, Zimbabwe, Korea and Germany have teamed up with …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Jul 2014

Big content seeks specialist court for copyright cases

Australia's music lobby has stepped up its calls for intervention against unauthorised copying, asking the government to establish a special court system devoted to copyright. Former Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) enforcer Michael Speck made the call speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald, following the UK …
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New Zealand court hands out second peppercorn downloading penalty

New Zealand’s Copyright Tribunal has handed down its second decision under that country’s controversial “SkyNet” anti-downloading legislation. Once again, the tribunal has imposed a fine considerably less than that sought by the country’s music industry lobby, RIANZ (the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand). Asked to …
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First ‘three strikes’ decision handed down in NZ

The Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) is reaching for the porcine lipstick after its first “three strikes” win resulted in a tokenistic fine of a little over $NZ600. New Zealand’s “Skynet” law, which came into effect in November 2011, provides for fines of up to $NZ15,000 for infringements. However, in …
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Gov mulls making it easier for ICO to squash marketing pests

The legal test that the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) must meet before it can justify serving fines on businesses that send unsolicited marketing communications could be lowered, a Government representative has said. Lord Gardiner of Kimble said that the measure could be used to address concerns about nuisance calls. …
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 Nov 2013

UK cops: Give us ONE journo's phone records. Vodafone: Take the WHOLE damn database!

Blundering Vodafone leaked the phone records of 1,760 Brit journalists and their colleagues to London's Met Police, a UK watchdog confirmed on Tuesday. The cops had used surveillance laws to demand information on one particular journo's calls. But after realizing Vodafone had handed over records on hundreds of journalists, the …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Nov 2014
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Parliament: All's well with RIPA snooping, no problem here

Comment The Investigatory Powers Tribunal yesterday declared GCHQ's mass spying is perfectly lawful – and today the government announces it will not be doing anything about mass-snooping law RIPA either. Trebles all round! Today the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee (HAC) released its report into the Regulation of Investigatory …
Gareth Corfield, 06 Dec 2014
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Tribunal backs TUPE rights in service provider transfers

Employees have the same rights when a company changes service provider as when work is outsourced in the first place even if the new service is not identical to the old, the Employment Appeals Tribunal has ruled. The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) protect the rights of employees whose …
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Jun 2009
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Interview: Michael Cordover, voteware freedom-of-information crusader

A barrister has offered pro bono assistance to Michael Cordover, the Hobart Solicitor seeking the source code to the EasyCount software used by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to count votes in the nation's senate elections. Cordover first sought the source code last year because, as he told The Register, “I have …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jul 2014

Need reminding how troubled Universal Credit is? MPA puts it in special 'reset' category

Iain Duncan Smith's massively troubled Universal Credit system is so deep in the toilet - according to the government's Major Projects Authority - that it's not even worthy of being flagged with a "red" warning anymore. The Department for Work and Pensions has made such a hash of the huge benefits' reform scheme – which has been …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 May 2014
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£250k fine for dumping council workers' files in Tesco bins, er, binned

Comment I have just read the information tribunal decision and the reasons why the panel quashed the UK Information Commissioner’s £250,000 fine against the Scottish Borders council. The local authority was punished after a worker dumped employees' private data in bins at a nearby Tesco and another unnamed supermarket. It seems clear …

'Inaccurate' media misleads public on European Court's Google ruling

“Inaccurate reporting” of Google’s fight against privacy rights in Europe last month risks misleading the public, says the Information Commissioner's Office – which safeguards those rights in the UK. When a Spanish citizen demanded the removal of links in search results to news articles mentioning an old debt, Google claimed it …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Jun 2014