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Vicarious liability of data controllers: The Morrisons data breach case

Published on 28 March 2018. By Nicola Cain, Partner

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Following the conviction of Andrew Skelton, a former Morrisons employee, after he published Morrisons’ employees’ personal details on a file sharing website, a group of over 5,500 employees of Morrisons took action against the supermarket to recover compensation for breach of a statutory duty under the UK Data Protection Act 1998 (‘DPA’), as well as for breach of confidence and misuse of private information.

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Thorny issues of jurisdiction and claim form service laid bare by High Court

Published on 18 January 2018. By Alex Wilson, Associate and Sami Thompson, Trainee Solicitor

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In Howard Kennedy v The National Trust for Scotland [2017] EWHC 3368 (QB), the High Court considered two complex issues: one relating to the doctrine of forum non conveniens and the other to the CPR provisions on service of a claim form. In his judgment, handed down yesterday, Sir David Eady stayed the action in England & Wales on the basis that Scotland is the more appropriate forum. He also provided guidance on the tricky interplay between deemed and actual service of a claim form, ultimately holding that the claim form in this case had been validly served in time.

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Seriously limiting serious harm

Published on 12 September 2017. By Nicola Cain, Partner

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Seriously limiting serious harm

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Government sets out details of new data protection legislation

Published on 07 August 2017. By Nicola Cain, Partner and Alex Wilson, Associate

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The Government has today published a Statement of Intent setting out details of the forthcoming Data Protection Bill. Matt Hancock MP, the Digital Minister, says that the reforms will "bring our data protection law up to date" whilst transferring the General Data Protection Regulation ('GDPR') into domestic law. The text of the Data Protection Bill is expected in early September.

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When can publishing newspaper articles amount to harassment?

Published on 28 July 2017. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

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The High Court has struck out part of a harassment claim against the publisher of the Daily Mail and Mail Online. Unless the Judge's order is successfully appealed, the remaining harassment claim will proceed to trial.

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Supreme Court endorses open justice principle

Published on 25 July 2017. By Oliver Murphy, Associate

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The Supreme Court has handed down its much anticipated judgment on reporting restrictions and the principle of open Justice in the case Khuja (formally PNM) v Times Newspapers Limited.

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Brevan Howard's gagging order against Reuters upheld by the Court of Appeal in breach of confidence case

Published on 10 July 2017.

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The news agency, Reuters, has lost its appeal against an injunction, which prevented it from reporting leaked confidential and commercially sensitive information concerning a leading global alternative asset manager, Brevan Howard Asset Management LLP.

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CFAs and ATE premiums out of the running in freedom of expression cases

Published on 11 April 2017. By Nicola Cain, Partner

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Supreme Court tips media organisations' Article 10 rights over obligation to pay claimants' additional liabilities in freedom of expression cases

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Eleven more charities fined by ICO in 'wealth screening' probe

07 April 2017

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The ICO has fined a further eleven charities following an investigation that revealed widespread misuse of donors' personal data.

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Secret 'wealth-screening' by charities breaks data laws

Published on 20 March 2017. By Victoria Noto, Associate

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An ICO investigation into charity fundraising practices has led to two charities being fined and eleven being issued with Notices of Intent to fine.

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