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Former MP Tim Yeo loses libel action against The Sunday Times
The High Court has today dismissed an action by Tim Yeo, the former MP for South Suffolk and Chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, against Times Newspapers Limited in an important judgment on the Reynolds defence and the scope of politicians' Article 8 rights.
Data leaks - a portent of the future?
The Culture, Media and Sport Committee have launched an inquiry in the wake of the recent cyber-attack on the TalkTalk website on 21 October, which affected nearly 157,000 customers and 1,200,000 email addresses, names and phone numbers as well as details relating to thousands of bank accounts, cred...
Court of Appeal upholds privacy claim by family of Paul Weller
The Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court finding that the publishers of Mail Online infringed the privacy of three of Paul Weller's children by publishing unpixellated pictures of them on a family shopping trip in LA.
The claimants in Weller & ors v Associated Newspapers Limited were ...
18 months on - the ICO reflects on Google Spain
The ICO has recently blogged on the cases it has received in the year and a half since the Google Spain decision last May. The author David Smith, the Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection, described the effect of the judgment as something of an anti-climax; the ICO has required Googl...
Draft Investigatory Powers Bill Unveiled
The draft Investigatory Powers Bill was laid before Parliament on Wednesday and leading political figures have already been attempting to calm fears surrounding the so-called 'snooper's charter'. The bill will govern - and strengthen - the powers available to law enforcement, the security and intel...
EU court declares 'safe harbor' data-transfer agreement invalid
The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has declared that the "Safe Harbor" framework agreement cannot be relied upon to justify transfers of personal data from the EU to the US.
Safe Harbor is an agreement between the US and the EU designed to create a streamlined way to transfer person...
Privacy rights when you don’t expect them - the case of JR38 for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland)  UKSC 42
Yesterday, the Supreme Court unanimously dismissed an appeal by an Appellant involved in rioting in Derry in 2014. The Appellant (referred to as "JR38") was 14 when the rioting occurred, and photographs taken of him while it was taking place were subsequently published in the Derry News and Derry J...
Gulati and ors v MGN Ltd – MGN appeals against hacking awards
MGN today sought permission to appeal against the very large awards of damages made by Mr Justice Mann in the eight test claims in the hacking litigation arising out of voicemail interception at Mirror Group Newspapers. Permission was refused by the Judge. MGN will now seek permission from the Court...
Google v Vidal-Hall: the rise and rise of data protection rights
Written by Harry Kinmonth and Elizabeth Wiggin
In an important decision handed down on Friday (Google Inc v (1) Judith Vidal-Hall (2) Robert Hann (3) Marc Bradshaw  EWCA Civ 311), the Court of Appeal confirmed that misuse of private information is a tort, and that claimants may recover dam...
The 91 year-old activist and the angry neighbour: the Supreme Court considers the limits on police retaining personal data
Case report: R (Catt) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and ACPO and R (T) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis  UKSC 9
In a decision handed down last week, the Supreme Court has decided that the police were entitled to retain personal data regarding a 91 year-old peace activis...
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This blog features regular postings on developments in UK privacy and data protection law written by specialist lawyers at RPC. The postings are intended to keep RPC's Privacy Law Handbook (see below) as up-to-date as possible and while postings do refer readers to relevant sections of the book, we hope and intend that the blog will also be a useful source of current information to those without access to the book.