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Google v Vidal-Hall: the rise and rise of data protection rights

Posted on March 31, 2015 by Harry Kinmonth
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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 [2015] EWCA Civ 311), the Court of Appeal confirmed that misuse of private information is a tort, and that claimants may recover dam... read more

The 91 year-old activist and the angry neighbour: the Supreme Court considers the limits on police retaining personal data

Posted on March 09, 2015 by Harry Kinmonth
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Case report: R (Catt) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and ACPO and R (T) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2015] 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... read more

Court of Appeal applies rare 19th century tort in granting injunction

Posted on November 04, 2014 by Kim Waite
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OPO v MLA [2014] 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... read more

No loss of confidence – establishing causation in confidential information claims

Posted on October 07, 2014 by David Cran
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Richmond Pharmacology Ltd v Chester Overseas Ltd, Milton Levine and Larry Levine [2014] 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... read more

Brand & Khan obtain continuing "anti-harassment" order against masseuse

Posted on September 29, 2014 by Oliver Murphy
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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 [2014] EWHC 2979 (QB) (11 September ... read more

Supreme Court clarifies continuing police disclosure obligations

Posted on September 19, 2014 by Louise Turner
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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... read more

How to get Google to remove outdated links to your personal data

Posted on May 30, 2014 by Keith Mathieson
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Google has today announced how it intends to deal with the European Court's judgment in the Google Spain case[1]. 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... read more

No damages for the solicitor whose private information was misused by a prostitute whom he'd short-changed

Posted on May 21, 2014 by Dania Rifaat
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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... read more

Searching for answers – Google v Gonzalez

Posted on May 16, 2014 by Nick Allan
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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.[1]  Google must remove certain links relating to Spanish newspaper articles on the repossession of Mr G... read more

Will Prince Charles's musings see the light of day?

Posted on May 07, 2014 by David Hooper
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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, ... read more

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