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Prince Harry – has the Sun got it right?
This blog noted a couple of days ago that clause 3 of the PCC Code requires editors to justify intrusions into an individual’s private life without consent. The Sun has now sought to justify its publication of the photos of Prince Harry naked on various grounds, one of which is a previous deci...
A former editor’s view on the naked Royal
There’s an interesting view on the naked pictures of Prince Harry from a former tabloid editor. In a blog on the Huffington Post site, Neil Wallis, described as “media commentator, former tabloid editor and currently under arrest as part of Operation Weeting”, says he would publish them:
MP’s partner loses privacy and harassment case against newspaper publisher
Carina Trimingham has lost her privacy and harassment case against the publishers of the Daily Mail.
Ms Trimingham, who is the partner of the former cabinet minister Chris Huhne MP, sued Associated Newspapers for infringement of her rights under three separate statutes: (a) misuse of pri...
What’s really wrong with pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge shopping?
The celebrity magazine Heat has published the following apology:
In our issue cover-dated 3-9 December 2011, we published a photograph of the Duchess of Cambridge, taken while she was shopping in a store. We now accept that we should not have done so, and apologise to her for our actions.
When can you sue under a disguised name?
In what circumstances can a claimant in civil litigation commence proceedings under a pseudonym? We are familiar with alphabetised claimants in injunction cases who seek anonymity on grounds that the purpose of their proceedings would otherwise be defeated: if the cheating footballer/act...
Judgment awaited in Trimingham harassment case
Carina Trimingham's privacy and harassment case against Associated Newspapers was heard by Mr Justice Tugendhat in the High Court last week. Judgment has been reserved. Ms Trimingham is the partner of the former cabinet minister Chris Huhne. The two began a relationship in 2008 at a tim...
Parliamentary committee reports on privacy
The Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions has reported. Click here for a link to the full report. The most important recommendations of the committee, which was set up last year and has taken evidence from a wide variety of sources, are (a) that there should be no new privacy statut...
Access to Documents in Criminal Proceedings – Guardian Challenge Secures Change
The Court of Appeal has ruled that where documents have been placed before a judge and referred to in the course of open proceedings, the default position should be that access should be permitted on the open justice principle. Where access is sought for a proper journalistic purpose the case for a...
MoJ publishes first statistics on privacy injunctions
Yesterday the Ministry of Justice published the first set of statistics on privacy injunctions, following the recommendations in the report by Lord Neuberger's Committee on Super Injunctions published in May last year. The injunctions included within these statistics were those dealt with in any civ...
Giggs' claim for privacy damages is struck out
Ryan Giggs has lost his claim for damages against News Group Newspapers ("NGN"). In a judgment published last week Mr Justice Tugendhat refused to reinstate the footballer's claim for damages against NGN on the grounds that Giggs had been party to two serious breaches, one of the r...
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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.