Category Archives: Privacy

To Plate the King

Good News: Part 3 will probably be postponed until the official enquiry or criminal prosecutions – whichever comes first.

House of Cards

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Read all about it…

The last edition of the News of the World has been published, its front page declaring: “Thank you & goodbye.” In a full-page editorial the paper offers an apology. “Quite simply, we lost our way,” it says. Publisher News International axed the 168-year-old tabloid in the wake of phone-hacking allegations last week. Scotland Yard Assistant […]

Hacked RIGHT Off

This Sunday’s issue of the News of the World will be the last edition of the paper, News International chairman James Murdoch has said. In the past few days, claims have been made that the paper authorised hacking into the mobile phones of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler and the families of 7/7 bombing victims. Mr […]

Hack by name, hack by nature…

Families of 7/7 bombing victims may have had their phones hacked by the News of the World, it has emerged. A solicitor for some of the relatives said one family had been told their phone may have been hacked in 2005. The paper has also passed to police e-mails which allegedly show payments by it […]

Super injunctions, privacy and Twitter

[Cross posted at Fortnightly Review. Please visit to read Vicki Huang’s piece on copyright, competition and trademarks highlights from the Fordham IP conference in New York City at the end of April and Rebecca Mouy’s report of a seminar on Human Rights and Intellectual Property by Graeme Austin and Larry Helfer.] The law is generally […]

Suppression and the courts

I am planning a long post on super-injunctions and celebrities in the coming weeks, but in the meantime I thought I’d have a quick look at suppression orders and the Victorian Supreme Court. Suppression orders prevent the media from reporting on trials to which such orders apply. Apparently suppression orders were rife during the Melbourne […]

The Moon and the Moccasin

Enjoying the peace of absent window installers this Easter Weekend (back on Monday unfortunately due to the ‘negotiable’ religious holidays of the Roman Law tradition here in Scotland) I’ve been sparing a thought for what Easter means to me as a non-religious Christian of Quaker affiliation. After a childhood of Sunday School thanks to the […]

Spycatcher and Wikileaks: history repeats

[To be cross-posted at the Fortnightly Review in the coming week or so] Who enjoys reading spy fiction, or watching spy movies? I do. There’s something interesting about espionage. Perhaps it’s the secrecy which makes it so fascinating. People love to know secrets: it reflects the broader idea that if something is scarce, it must […]

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned – Sexting and the St Kilda football team

Sorry I haven’t been about much. It’s been nuts, literally. But I thought I’d write about the furore which has arisen in Melbourne after a 17-year-old girl posted photos of nude AFL players from St Kilda football club in retaliation for alleged ill treatment at the hands of various players. The Age reported yesterday: St […]