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How to get Google to remove outdated links to your personal data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

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

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