“Visual hackers” can steal private data simply by looking at a computer screen over the user’s shoulder, researchers found. Read more here and watch the animation.
Note: this story was uploaded to Media Law Matters before the implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation directive, which toughens up data protection law, from May 2018.
Journalists should assess the public interest before publishing personal information about people, says a briefing from the BBC Academy. Read it here.
Publishers could have to pay costs for both sides in defamation cases even if they win, if Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 is enacted. Along with “no win, no fee” actions, this could have a severely chilling effect on the ability of regional publishers to defend actions, says the HoldTheFrontPage law column. It could be challenged on human rights grounds, it says. Read more