A case alleging Google collected personal data from 4.4m iPhone users to help advertisers began in the High Court yesterday. The class action law suit, led by Richard Lloyd, former director of Which?, is suing the company for allegedly bypassing the privacy settings of Apple’s Safari browser to collect information about finances, shopping habits and location.

The Times, Page: 48 The Guardian, Page: 19 Daily Star, Page: 9 Daily Mirror, Page: 25 The Sun, Page: 11 The Scotsman, Page: 9

Posted 22/05/2018

Google will appear in the High Court today to fight a claim for compensation from millions of British iPhone users who accuse it of illegally harvesting personal data from Apple handsets.

The Times, Page; 4

Posted 21/05/2018

The United Nations has said Brexit could put environmental protections at risk and called for environment secretary Michael Gove to make good on his promise to deliver a “green Brexit”. Campaigners have warned that a new post-Brexit environmental watchdog would be “toothless” and leave Britain with a weaker enforcement system than in the US. Erik Solheim, executive director of the UN’s environment programme, told the Observer that any dilution of standards would put the UK’s reputation at risk.

The Observer, Page: 1, 10

Posted 20/05/2018

A tribunal judge has dismissed HMRC demands for £26,000 in payment from an IT contractor it claimed had fallen foul of the IR35 tax avoidance rules. The Revenue claimed Ian Wells’ 11-month stint working for the Department for Work and Pensions had been incorrectly classified as an outside IR35 engagement between the two parties. But Judge Jennifer Dean said there are numerous elements to how Mr Wells worked with the DWP that reinforced the fact that he worked for the department as an independent contractor, and not a salaried employee.

Computer Weekly

Posted 18/05/2018

A High Court ruling has given hope to victims of “home hijacking” scams – where criminals pose as the owner of a building to sell it – after developer Dreamvar successfully appealed over a £1.1m fraud. The decision places liability on the seller’s solicitors for failing to carry out adequate identity checks, saying they are best-placed to verify the seller’s identity. Land Registry figures show property hijackings are increasing, with the value of successful scams climbing from £7.2m in 2013 to £24.9m a year ago.

The Daily Telegraph

Posted 17/05/2018

The head of the High Court’s Family Division has predicted divorce cases and child custody battles will be dealt with virtually within four years. Sir James Munby, who is due to retire in July, said: “We will at last have escaped from a court system still in too large part moored in the world of Dickens”. The proposals are part of plans to modernise the courts which are due to be implemented by March 2022.

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 10

Posted 16/05/2018

The RSPCA has called on MPs to repeal the law banning dangerous dogs, after research revealed more than two thirds of fatal attacks since 1991 were by breeds not on the list. The animal charity said the Dangerous Dogs Act was failing to protect the public, after it emerged a record 7,719 people were admitted to hospital last year as a result of dog attacks – almost double the number in 2005. The environment, food and rural affairs committee has started an inquiry into the law’s effectiveness.

The Times, Page: 12

Posted 15/05/2018

Plans outlined by the government for a new post-Brexit environmental watchdog have been criticised by campaigners, with Tony Juniper, advocacy director of the WWF, noting that the proposal needed “stronger jaws and bigger teeth”, urging targets on air, water, plastics and soil quality to be included in legislation. The RSPB and the Green party agreed, the latter describing the news as “lacklustre”, continuing: “It’s a clear sign that this government’s warm words on the environment are little more than spin.” Shaun Spiers, chairman of Greener UK, a coalition of 13 environmental groups, said the plans contained no commitment to giving the watchdog power to initiate legal action or to enshrine in law EU principles such as “the polluter pays”. Mr Spiers added: “This is hugely disappointing and suggests that some ministers do not want to be held to account on laws that protect our beaches, habitats and air quality.”

The Guardian, Page: 17 The Independent, Page: 7 The Times, Page: 20

Posted 11/05/2018


Research by Which? Mortgage Advisers shows that 66% of home buyers face some form of issue while purchasing a property, with one in eight coming up against a potentially deal-breaking problem on the day of completion. It found that as many as three in ten deals collapse. With this in mind the Telegraph highlights roadblocks that might pop up and how buyers can navigate them, identifying: mortgage delays; “secret sales”, where buyers are strung along by sellers as a fall back option in case another sale falls through; and invasive plants which, once discovered, can hit values or make a home unmortgageable.

The Daily Telegraph

Posted 08/05/2018