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Return of Brooks ‘an outrage' says CPBF

The reappointment of Rebekah Brooks as head of the News UK operation is yet another outrage in the series of repugnant actions of Rupert Murdoch and his newspapers over the last five years.

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Information Commissioner acts against Google

The UK Information Commissioner has ordered Google to remove links detailing an individual’s criminal conviction in the light of the European Court of Justice's (ECJ) “right to be forgotten" ruling. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is charged under the Data Protection Act with ensuring that data is processed “fairly and lawfully”. The ECJ ruled last year that individuals have the right to request the removal of links to articles about them from search engines if they feel it breaches their right to privacy. The ruling has seen thousands of news articles removed from Google search archive in Europe. The latest ruling from the ICO follows a complaint from an un-named person who successfully asked Google to remove a link to a website report of a criminal conviction. More at:

BBC's Asian Network to go on 24-hour strike

Staff at the BBC's Asian network are to follow up a silent protest with a 24-hour strike on Wednesday 19 August over the corporation's decision to axe one of its two Birmingham-based editor roles and move the Bobby Friction show to London. They decided to take strike action following the management’s reaction to yesterday's symbolic silent protest.

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Scotland - FOI campaign launched

This week the Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (CFOIS) announced a new push to extend FOI and a corresponding crowdfunding website to raise the funds required for this drive. The campaign is being launched in response to a recently published Scottish government consultation paper on FOI laws.

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