RPC Privacy Law
The latest news in privacy law
Last gasp of the super-injunction
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...
Costs protection reform - privacy and defamation cases
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...
Greater transparency in the family courts - New Draft Guidance
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...
Cloud confidentiality – or not …
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...
A Chinese lesson for private investigators
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...
No basis for murderer's anonymity and an alert from the bench
Four media groups 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 ...
No breach of privacy in publication of information that child's father is a prominent politician
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...
Financier granted permanent anonymity in defamation proceedings
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...
Defence to Harassment actions reformulated
The Supreme Court has handed down a judgment in Hayes v Willoughby1 that redefines the scope of the most commonly used defence to claims of harassment.
The Claimant was the owner of several companies, one of which the Defendant had previously worked for. On termination of his employment the Defenda...
Can schools take pupils' fingerprints?
The Times reported last week that parents at an independent school in north London had protested when fingerprints were allegedly taken from pupils without consent with a view to the fingerprints being used for the automated lunch payment system. One of those pupils subsequently wrote to the Times ...
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RPC Privacy Law Articles
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.