That in summary was the question for the High Court in R (on the application of Pitts) v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis  EWHC 646 (Admin) (see here for the judgment). The Court held that a decision by a police force to record a crime could only be successfully challenged if it was shown to be (in public law terms) unreasonable or irrational. This is a significant threshold to cross. The court will ordinarily afford the relevant police force deference in its decision-making processes in such matters. Claimants should note this and would be advised to proceed cautiously before bringing claims for judicial review against a police force in respect of crime-recording decisions.
On 19 April 2017, the Government published its Cyber Security Breaches Survey (see here). This measures how well UK businesses approach cyber-security, and the level, nature, and impact of cyber-attacks on businesses.
The Prime Minister, Theresa May MP, has surprised Westminster and the country at large by calling for an early general election. The Prime Minister intends that the election will take place on 8 June 2017. She has called for it in order to, in part, overcome the ‘division’ at Westminster in respect of Brexit. It is a risky political gamble that might disrupt the UK’s exit from the EU.
In a resolution adopted on 6 April 2017, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) expressed their “alarm” over several recent changes to the US privacy law regime. The resolution, passed by 306 votes to 240 with 40 abstentions, comes amidst growing concerns that President Trump and the US Congress are withdrawing from commitments made by the Obama administration in relation to US obligations under the EU-US Privacy Shield.