Information Technology in UK Law

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Leading Cases
  • HM Attorney General v Joanne Fraill and Jamie Sewart
    • Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)
    • 16 Jun 2011

    The revolution in methods of communication cannot change these essential principles. The problem therefore is not the internet: the potential problems arise from the activities of jurors who disregard the long established principles which underpin the right of every citizen to a fair trial.

  • Bunt v Tilley
    • Queen's Bench Division
    • 10 Mar 2006

    Of course, to be liable for a defamatory publication it is not always necessary to be aware of the defamatory content, still less of its legal significance. Editors and publishers are often fixed with responsibility notwithstanding such lack of knowledge. On the other hand, for a person to be held responsible there must be knowing involvement in the process of publication of the relevant words. It is not enough that a person merely plays a passive instrumental role in the process.

  • The Queen v Steven Smith, Wayne Clarke, Bryan Hall & Jonathan Dodd
    • Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)
    • 19 Jul 2011

    (i) such as is inadvertent and not reasonably avoidable in the course of lawful daily life, or

  • Re A (Capacity: Social Media and Internet Use: Best Interests)
    • Court of Protection
    • 21 Feb 2019

    The next question which arises is what is the ‘relevant information’ under section 3(1)(a) MCA 2005 on which the issue should be assessed? Although counsel in this case prepared an ‘agreed’ formula, I have had the benefit of wider argument on the issue in the two cases.

  • EE Ltd v Office of Communications Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Others (Interested Parties)
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 26 Aug 2016

    Nothing elsewhere in domestic legislation leads, in my judgment, to a different conclusion. I accept Mr Saini's submission that the 2006 Act is the lex specialis in relation to Ofcom's duties as regards the radio spectrum. The limited powers for the Secretary of State to give directions to Ofcom contained in section 5 of the 2003 Act cannot hobble the wide power to give directions under section 5 of the 2006 Act.

  • The Football Association Premier League Ltd v British Sky Broadcasting Ltd and Others
    • Chancery Division
    • 16 Jul 2013

    In any event, even if FAPL had to show that the communication was to a new public, I consider that it is clear that that requirement is satisfied, since the effect of FirstRow's activities is to make the broadcasts available to persons who are not legitimately entitled to view them either because those persons have not subscribed to the broadcaster's service or because the broadcaster has only been licensed by FAPL for a different territory.

  • R v Mortimer (Jason Christopher)
    • Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)
    • 25 May 2010

    (3) The new paragraph 12 will: be using any computer, iPhone or mobile phone capable of accessing the internet, which computer, iPhone or mobile telephone does not have the capacity to retain and display the history of internet use; and from making any attempt to delete such history on such device; and from refusing to show such a history to a police officer if so requested.

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Books & Journal Articles
  • Managing Information Technology
    • Nbr. 1-3, March 1989
    • Records Management Journal
    • 131-133
    I want to talk about information retrieval and why applications that are developed to meet apparently simple requests often turn out to be less than satisfactory.
  • Managing Information Technology
    • Nbr. 3-3, March 1991
    • Records Management Journal
    • 91-92
    When relational databases (RDBs) appeared there was a deal of confusion about what they were. Everybody now knows that they are only a collection of very simple records in ‘card‐indexed’ files, whe...
  • Information, Technology, Confidentiality and Ethics
    • Nbr. 4-2, June 1999
    • Mental Health Review Journal
    • 3-5
    • Nbr. 39-2, February 1983
    • Journal of Documentation
    • 85-87
    Major initiatives in advanced information technology are under way or have been proposed in the UK, Europe and Japan. ‘Information technology’ is an umbrella expression with different interpretatio...
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Law Firm Commentaries
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