Frequently asked questions
The main dangers of online shopping are information theft and fraud. Minimise these dangers by buying from reputable sellers. In addition, pay attention to security. When entering credit card or other payment information, the web page address should begin with "https" rather than just "http" (as the "s" indicates that information you send via the web page is encrypted). Also, protect your computer with good and up-to-date security, anti-virus and anti-spyware software. And remember: if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
As a general rule, an employer cannot read an email without the consent of both the sender and recipient. Exceptions include intercepting business emails to: (1) ascertain regulatory compliance; (2) detect unauthorised use; and (3) prevent/detect criminal activity. Your employer should take all reasonable measures to avoid opening personal emails -- even those sent from a workplace email account. Moreover, if your employer monitors your use of email and collects personal data, it must tell you how it intends to use the information and use it only for that purpose.
The practical answer is no, you cannot write whatever you want online. You need to bear in mind a myriad of potential legal issues, including the laws of defamation, privacy, intellectual property and contempt.
Online scams come in all shapes and sizes. They aren't always obvious, but the objective is always the same: to con you out of money. Identity theft and phishing scams in particular are on the increase. A phishing scam involves a criminal sending you an email pretending to come from a genuine company to trick you into disclosing personal information. There are several places to go to learn more about scams and phishing, including: Consumer Direct; Get Safe Online; Bank Safe Online; and Card Watch.
The technology available today enables a person to use peer-to-peer websites to copy and distribute music, films, games, software and other copyright material quickly and at virtually no cost. There are, however, risks in doing this. Copyright holders (or organisations representing them) can track you down and seek compensation for copyright infringement. They can also force ISPs to stop providing internet service if you repeatedly violate copyright laws.
Buying online can be fast and convenient, and can enable the tenacious shopper to find some excellent bargains. Unfortunately, though, the internet also provides plenty of opportunity to scammers, hackers and thieves.
The UK has a tradition of civil rights and civil liberties dating back at least to the Magna Carta in the 13th century. Whilst successive governments have repealed most of the Magna Carta over the past 200 years or so, its guarantee of due process of law remains in effect.
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Criminal Law: two men have been arrested for attempting to sell fake medicines
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Legal aid: children damaged by legal aid cuts
In April 2013, the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 came into force and a former judge has claimed the removal of legal aid for the majority of private family law cases has damaged children, the BBC...
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Former Deputy Property Manager at Buckingham Palace, Ron Harper, has been charged with paying and receiving funds in return for awarding substantial work contracts, reports the Daily Mail. Working as trusted manager within the Royal Household and having been made...
Terrorism: Government plans for restricting movements of British terrorists is questioned over its legality
David Cameron's plan to prevent British born terrorists from re-entering the UK temporarily is being scrutinized over its legality before implementation, reports the BBC. As the threat of terrorism from the Islamic State group rises, the government has been keen...
Neglect: Parents of terminally ill child are arrested in Spain
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Child Abuse: report highlights serious police and child protection department failings in Rotherham
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Terrorism: Met police chief calls for extra funds to combat threat from jihadists
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Immigration: Two French nationals jailed for smuggling immigrants into UK
Two French citizens have been convicted of trafficking offences at Canterbury Crown Court after they were caught trying to smuggle four Afghan immigrants through the Dover Ferry Port in their car's boot, reports the BBC. Didier Devos, 36, and Sandra...
Immigration: Triathlete faces awkward police questions over Channel crossing
An international triathlete was forced to answer some awkward questions after a passer-by mistakenly reported his attempt to swim across the British Channel as a possible illegal migration attempt, reports the Daily Telegraph. John Van Wisse, who is 41, had...
Apology from Met chief over use of CS spray on Protesters
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has apologised for an officer using CS spray during the UK Uncut protests on Oxford Street, London, in January 2011, reports the Guardian. In January 2011, protesters were sprayed with 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile (CS) whilst protesting against tax avoidance....
EU law: Citizens blow off over European ban on powerful vacuum cleaners
A new European Union law banning powerful vacuum cleaners because they are not eco-friendly has put British citizens in a spin, as a number of popular high street models will no longer be available from September 1, reports the Daily...
Privacy law: modern technology needs to be considered
The president of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, has stated privacy laws need to be overhauled due to advancements in technology, reports The Telegraph. Lord Neuberger, speaking at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents Club, has stated the "astonishing"...
Scottish Independence: Former EU judge says plans to charge fees in Scotland would be illegal
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