Monthly Archives: November 2015

Social Media defamation: Richardson v Facebook/Richardson v Google UK Ltd: Appeals dismissed as wrong defendants sued

In Richardson v Facebook [2015] EWHC 3154 (QB) Mr Justice Warby dismissed the claimant’s appeals in two separate but similar claims for defamation and breach of Article 8 ECHR.  One claim was brought against ‘Facebook’ and the other against Google UK Ltd.

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Paul Gascoigne made subject of restraining order following harassment conviction

On 29 October 2015 former footballer Paul Gascoigne pleaded guilty to harassment of his former partner, Amanda Thomas, contrary to section 2 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.  Mr Gascoigne sent abusive messages and threats through a series of tweets, phone calls and text messages alongside being verbally aggressive at her place of work.

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Revenge Porn blackmail suspended sentence held too lenient by Court of Appeal

In Attorney General’s Reference (No.84 of 2015) sub nom R v Jamie Gabriel (2015) the Court of Appeal considered the appropriateness of a two-year prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, imposed for blackmail.

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Misuse of Private Information: ICO fines CPS £200,000 following theft of sex attack victims’ interview videos

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been fined £200,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for failing to take adequate data protection steps to ensure that video interviews of sex attack victims were stored securely.

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