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Has the Weller case created an image right in relation to the facial expressions of children?

Posted on April 17, 2014 by Louise Turner
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The singer Paul Weller, acting on behalf of three of his children, was successful in his privacy action against Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) in relation to seven unpixellated photographs of the children and their father out shopping on a public street and relaxing in a café in Los Angeles. Th... read more

ICO urges app developers to respect users' privacy

Posted on April 11, 2014 by Mark Crichard
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Introduction The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published guidance[1] aimed at helping mobile app developers comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and ensure that the privacy of app users is protected.   The guidance follows an ICO press release issued in December, warning c... read more

Last gasp of the super-injunction

Posted on October 21, 2013 by Nick Wilcox
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Super-injunctions are almost an extinct species. 'Non-super' privacy injunctions however remain alive and kicking with according to recent figures a 100% success rate on interim applications.   The Ministry of Justice has recently published its latest bulletin with statistics on privacy injunction... read more

Costs protection reform - privacy and defamation cases

Posted on September 19, 2013 by Dania Rifaat
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The government has unveiled its latest attempt to resolve the tension between its plans to abolish success fees in CFAs and ATE premiums (to reduce costs in privacy and defamation cases) while still making proceedings accessible to less wealthy parties.    The government has published a consultati... read more

Greater transparency in the family courts - New Draft Guidance

Posted on September 04, 2013 by Dania Rifaat
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Proposed new guidance recommends that decisions of the family courts should always be published, unless there are compelling reasons against publication. Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court, has issued the proposed judiciary guidance to facilitate the "need for greate... read more

Cloud confidentiality – or not …

Posted on September 02, 2013 by Kim Waite
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Anyone using a number of devices to access their information will be tempted to share files between those devices using a service such as Dropbox.    In the course of considering the feasibility of such services for use by lawyers at this firm, we've been looking at the confidentiality and privacy... read more

A Chinese lesson for private investigators

Posted on August 30, 2013 by Keith Mathieson
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Those engaged in the investigation business – whether sniffing out personal or corporate intelligence – are well aware of the need to comply with laws that protect personal information. But it's not always easy knowing what those laws are. A well-established forensic investigator with almost 40 year... read more

No basis for murderer's anonymity and an alert from the bench

Posted on May 22, 2013 by Keith Mathieson
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Four media groups[1] have successfully challenged an anonymity order and related reporting restrictions made in the course of judicial review proceedings brought by the notorious murderer, David McGreavy.   In its decision setting aside the restriction, the Court warned of the dangers inherent in ... read more

No breach of privacy in publication of information that child's father is a prominent politician

Posted on May 20, 2013 by Keith Mathieson
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The Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court judgment that disclosures in the Daily Mail about a child's paternity did not infringe the child's rights of privacy.   The claimant in AAA v Associated Newspapers is a three-year-old girl. Her mother is an unmarried professional art consultant. Her fath... read more

Financier granted permanent anonymity in defamation proceedings

Posted on April 11, 2013 by Harry Kinmonth
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Proceedings have finally drawn to a close in the case of ZAM v CFW & TFW, which involved a financier who claimed to have been libelled by his sister-in-law (the first defendant) and her husband (the second defendant). The claim centred on the second defendant who had threatened to tell and then... read more

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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.

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