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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...
Court of Appeal applies rare 19th century tort in granting injunction
OPO v MLA  EWCA Civ 1277
The Court of Appeal has granted an injunction against the publication of a well-known performing artist's book to protect the rights of his son, not on the basis of misuse of private information but because publication would be likely to cause psychological harm to...
No loss of confidence – establishing causation in confidential information claims
Richmond Pharmacology Ltd v Chester Overseas Ltd, Milton Levine and Larry Levine  EWHC 2692 (Ch)
This case is an interesting example of a claim for breach of confidence (both in contract and in equity) where, although liability was established, only nominal damages (£1) were awarded to the...
Brand & Khan obtain continuing "anti-harassment" order against masseuse
The High Court has recently granted an extension to an anti-harassment injunction taken out by Russell Brand and Jemima Goldsmith, otherwise known as Jemima Khan (the Claimants), against a masseuse (the Defendant). In Brand & Anor v Szilvia (aka Sylvie) Berki  EWHC 2979 (QB) (11 September ...
Supreme Court clarifies continuing police disclosure obligations
This post was written by Louise Turner and Simon Brown
The recent Supreme Court judgment in the case of R (on the application of Nunn) v Chief Constable of Suffolk Constabulary and another sheds further light on the continuing duty of the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to disclose info...
How to get Google to remove outdated links to your personal data
Google has today announced how it intends to deal with the European Court's judgment in the Google Spain case. In today's Financial Times Google's CEO, Larry Page, has confirmed that Google will take steps to recognise individuals' "right to be forgotten" in appropriate cases. It will do so by in...
No damages for the solicitor whose private information was misused by a prostitute whom he'd short-changed
In an unusual privacy claim decided last week, the High Court dismissed the majority of a solicitor's claims against a prostitute for misuse of private information, harassment, breach of confidence and breach of contract. The Court found for the Claimant in respect of one element of his privacy head...
Searching for answers – Google v Gonzalez
Data protection unusually made headline news yesterday when the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice (the ECJ) handed down its landmark judgment on Google Inc. v. Mario Costeja González. Google must remove certain links relating to Spanish newspaper articles on the repossession of Mr G...
Will Prince Charles's musings see the light of day?
R (Evans) v Attorney General 2014 EWCA 254
Prince Charles as heir to the British throne is an assiduous letter-writer and has sent a number of letters to ministers regarding government policy on matters such as environmental issues in which he has a strong interest rather than, it would appear, ...
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This blog features regular postings on developments in UK privacy 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.