The Mail Online agreed to take down a video showing a bullying attack on a schoolgirl after the mother of one of the alleged bullies said it breached her daughter’s right to privacy. The Editor’s Code section on photographing children was also considered. The decision avoided the need for an IPSO ruling. Read more.
An online tool launched in June 2017 charts attacks on press freedom, across the European Union and associated countries. They include a cyber attack on an investigative website in Leicester, and a ban on local media attending Swindon Town Football Club press conferences. Find it here.
Advertisers on Facebook are able to identify gay users through their clicking history even where their sexual status is private and they have viewed only non-sexual content, researchers have found. They say it raises concerns over privacy. Read more
An artist asked Google to hide a “positive” story about his early work from searches, because his painting style had changed. A paper called it “absurd” (HoldTheFrontPage). Read more
The Oxford Mail did not breach privacy by running a story about a man’s successful “right to be forgotten” request, said the Press Complaints Commission, because it was already in the public domain (Press Gazette, September 2014). Read more
Terrorism laws could be used against political journalists and bloggers, an independent watchdog warned (Guadian, August 2014). Read more
Press Gazette law writer Cleland Thom responded with a list of other laws that could be used to constrain media freedom, here
The 2014 report of the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation is here