Madaline Dunn

Articles By Madaline Dunn:

UK privacy watchdog faces legal action

Back in June 2019, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) found that the Adtech industry had committed privacy violations against the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Specifically concerns were raised around its use of real-time-Bidding auction systems. In a report, the ICO gave the industry six months to make good on it’s violations, before potential regulatory…

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Legal action launched by dementia campaign group

John’s Campaign was launched back in November 2014, by London based carer Nicci Gerrard, and Julia Jones. It seeks to protect the rights of patients with dementia, and fights for extended visiting rights for family carers of patients with dementia. Of course, the COVID-19 lockdown significantly worsened the visitation situation in care homes. Many elderly…

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Spycops bill sets dangerous new precedents

The Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill, otherwise known as the Spycops Bill, is advancing full steam ahead after the law passed its third reading in the House of Commons (HoC) on Thursday 16 October. The legislation, which legalises criminal activities committed by Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS), sets dangerous new precedents, and has…

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Rape and the criminal justice system: Survivors deserve better

The striking disparity between reported rapes and convictions is no secret. Rape convictions are now at a catastrophic all time low in England and Wales, and survivors have understandably lost faith in the system which is meant to protect them. In an effort to tackle the rape myths and stereotypes that plague rape and sexual…

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Employment tribunals at tipping point

In recent years, employment tribunal claims have been consistently on the rise, and the courts are struggling to cope with the influx. With backlogs hitting at a ten-year high, the Coronavirus pandemic, and nation-wide lockdown have only worsened the situation. Those within the legal sector have also warned that the situation is likely to be…

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Conservative Government’s dangerous rhetoric threatens lawyers’ safety

In an ongoing debate around the UK’s “broken [asylum] system,” the Home Secretary Priti Patel has repeatedly hit out at immigration lawyers. Over the last few months, both the Home Office and Patel have branded these lawyers “activists”. This was met with an outcry of backlash from the legal sector. More recently, at the Conservative…

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New bill could help end child marriage in the UK

UNICEF, the humanitarian aid organisation, defines child marriage as any formal or informal marriage or union between a child under the age of 18 and an adult or another child. Yet, in the UK, marriage at the age of 16 is legal if parental consent is acquired. Meanwhile, in Scotland, no parental consent is required….

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Calls for a more diverse Supreme Court ring loud and clear

In the UK, Supreme Court justices are appointed by the Queen, after receiving advice from the Prime Minister, following recommendations by a panel of legal experts. However, it is often referred to as an old-boy network, and consists of mostly old, white men. The president of the court sits on the selection commission. This president…

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Unlawful deportation and one woman’s fight for justice

Under the Home Office’s detained fast-track (DFT) procedure, thousands of individuals seeking asylum were subjected to unlawful and unfair treatment for years. Detained and dehumanised, so many were robbed of a fair opportunity to present their cases properly, and were deprived of legal representation. One particular case saw a young woman unlawfully deported to Uganda,…

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HMCPSI report shows CPS must do better

On 29 September, HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) published its charging inspection report which examined 1,400 cases, being one of the largest file samples examined by HMCPSI to date. The report sought to assess the level of confidence the public can have in the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), and its ability to deliver “high…

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