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RPC Data and Privacy Law

The latest news in privacy law

RPC hosts seminar on 'Data Privacy and the Media'

Posted on February 02, 2016 by Alex Wilson
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On 28 January 2016, RPC hosted a 'Question Time' style panel discussion for a range of media lawyers on data protection and its particular relevance to the media industry and media companies.   The panel, chaired by RPC partner Keith Mathieson, comprised Antony White QC (Matrix Chambers), Catrin E... read more

Publisher of The Daily Telegraph fined £30,000 for general election email campaign

Posted on December 30, 2015 by Nathan Webb
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On 15 December 2015 the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) issued Telegraph Media Group Limited (the Telegraph) with a Monetary Penalty Notice (see here) under section 55A of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA 1998) following a "serious contravention" of Regulation 22 of the Privacy and Electron... read more

New EU data protection rules (finally!) agreed

Posted on December 18, 2015 by Robert Johnson
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On the 17th of December, and after much negotiation, a final draft of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was approved by the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) committee of the European Parliament.    The GDPR will replace the various fragmented privacy rules for EU me... read more

Court of Appeal upholds record privacy awards in hacking cases

Posted on December 17, 2015 by Keith Mathieson
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The Court of Appeal has dismissed Mirror Group's appeal against the record-breaking damages awards made in favour of eight phone hacking victims: Gulati and others v MGN [2015] EWCA Civ 1291.  Those awards ranged from £72,500 for the flight attendant Lauren Alcorn to £260,250 for Sadie Frost, the ex... read more

Serbian Forum Shopper in Breach of his Duty of Full and Frank Disclosure has his Privacy and Libel Action Struck Out

Posted on December 07, 2015 by David Hooper
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On 23 November 2015 Sir Michael Tugendhat set aside an order for service out of the jurisdiction of proceedings for the misuse of private information and libel which had been made by Master Roberts on 31 March 2015 in respect of an article in Politika, a Serbian language newspaper circulating in Ser... read more

Twitter found to be unsuitable means of communicating FOIA request

Posted on November 27, 2015 by Oliver Murphy
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The First Tier Tribunal (Information Rights) (the Tribunal) has held that a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 made via Twitter is not valid.   The request was made by a Twitter user with the username @FOIkid for information held by the Department of Work and Pensions. The Informati... read more

Former MP Tim Yeo loses libel action against The Sunday Times

Posted on November 25, 2015 by Harry Kinmonth
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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. Facts The claim... read more

Data leaks - a portent of the future?

Posted on November 20, 2015 by Alex Wilson
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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... read more

Court of Appeal upholds privacy claim by family of Paul Weller

Posted on November 20, 2015 by Oliver Murphy
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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 ... read more

18 months on - the ICO reflects on Google Spain

Posted on November 11, 2015 by Alex Wilson
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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... read more

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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.

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