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Cifas, the UK’s leading fraud prevention service, has released new figures showing that identity fraud has continued to rise at record levels in the first six months of 2017. A record 89,000 identity frauds were recorded, up 5% from last year. Representing over half of all fraud recorded by the UK’s not-for-profit fraud data sharing organisation, 83% of identity frauds were perpetrated online.

by Caroline Buckingham, Associate Solicitor, Moore Blatch

A spate of cases involving solicitors being penalised for their use of language in electronic media has prompted the Solicitors Regulation Authority to publish a warning over ‘offensive communications’. A 2,300-word guidance note posted on the regulator’s website today states: ’We have experienced a significant increase in the number of complaints we receive concerning inappropriate communications, specifically (but not limited to) in relation to emails and the use of social media, both inside and outside of practice.

The Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) has released Crash for Cash hotspots data, revealing the UK’s top 30 postcode districts in the UK that are hotbeds for these life-endangering, fraudulent scams.

People to have more control over their personal data and be better protected in the digital age under new measures announced by Digital Minister Matt Hancock.

Defendants will soon be able to plead guilty, be convicted and pay a penalty immediately and entirely online for certain offences, the Ministry of Justice
announced as digital justice moved a step closer to reality.