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New EU data protection rules (finally!) agreed

18 December 2015

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.

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National Grid hit with £2m fine for health and safety breach

11 December 2015

A sign of things to come?

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Serbian forum shopper in disclosure breach of duty has privacy and libel action struck out

07 December 2015

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,

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Twitter found unsuitable means of communicating FOI request

27 November 2015

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.

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Tim Yeo loses libel action against Sunday Times

25 November 2015

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.

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CofA upholds privacy claim by Paul Weller family

20 November 2015

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.

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Data leaks - a portent of the future?

Published on 20 November 2015. By Alex Wilson, Senior Associate

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,

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18 months on - the ICO reflects on Google Spain

Published on 11 November 2015. By Alex Wilson, Senior Associate

The ICO has recently blogged on the cases it has received in the year and a half since the Google Spain decision last May.

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Draft Investigatory Powers Bill unveiled

Published on 06 November 2015. By Alex Wilson, Senior Associate

The draft Investigatory Powers Bill was laid before Parliament on Wednesday and leading political figures have already been attempting to calm fears surrounding the so-called 'snooper's charter'.

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EU court declares 'safe harbor' data-transfer agreement invalid

07 October 2015

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The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has declared that the "Safe Harbor" framework agreement cannot be relied upon to justify transfers of personal data from the EU to the US.

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Privacy rights when you don’t expect them - the case of JR38

03 July 2015

Yesterday, the Supreme Court unanimously dismissed an appeal by an Appellant involved in rioting in Derry in 2014.

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MGN appeals against hacking awards in Gulati case

Published on 10 June 2015.

MGN today sought permission to appeal against the very large awards of damages made by Mr Justice Mann in the eight test claims in the hacking litigation arising out of voicemail interception at Mirror Group Newspapers.

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The future of "Safe Harbour"

04 May 2015

The future of the “Safe Harbor” is uncertain. Questions about its effectiveness have been brought to the fore in the wake of the privacy and data security scandal that followed Edward Snowden’s revelations about surveillance by US government agencies.

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Size doesn't matter: regulating "big data" in a "small data" world

04 May 2015

Big data is everywhere. Once the preserve of innovators and technology entrepreneurs, big data analysis is now routinely used by a wide range of public and private sector organisations. It’s a tool for planning, resource management and gaining competitive advantage.

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Compensation for "distress-only" claims under DPA

03 May 2015

In an important ruling, the Court of Appeal confirms that the cause of action for misuse of private information is a tort and rules on the meaning of “damage” under s13 of the Data Protection Act, allowing claimants to recover compensation for “distress” resulting from a breach of the Act without also having to prove pecuniary losses.

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Google v Vidal-Hall: the rise and rise of data protection rights

31 March 2015

In an important decision handed down on Friday, the Court of Appeal confirmed that misuse of private information is a tort, and that claimants may recover damages under the Data Protection Act 1998 (the "DPA") for distress without also proving pecuniary losses.

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91 year-old activist and angry neighbour: Supreme Court looks at police retention of personal data

09 March 2015

Case report: R (Catt) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and ACPO and R (T) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2015] UKSC 9

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Apps: regulators globally push for data transparency

16 February 2015

“Not in front of the telly: Warning over ‘listening’ TV”.

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CofA applies rare 19th Century tort in granting injunction

Published on 04 November 2014. By Alex Wilson, Senior Associate

The Court of Appeal has granted an injunction against the publication of a well-known performing artist's book to protect the rights of his son, not on the basis of misuse of private information but because publication would be likely to cause psychological harm to the son.

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No loss of confidence – causation in confidential information claims

Published on 07 October 2014. By David Cran, Partner and Louise Morgan, Senior Associate

Richmond Pharmacology Ltd v Chester Overseas Ltd, Milton Levine and Larry Levine [2014] EWHC 2692 (Ch)

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Brand & Khan obtain continuing "anti-harassment" order against masseuse

29 September 2014

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).

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Supreme Court clarifies continuing police disclosure obligations

Published on 19 September 2014.

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 information in criminal cases post-conviction.

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

Published on 30 May 2014. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

Google has today announced how it intends to deal with the European Court's judgment in the Google Spain case[1].

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No damages for the solicitor whose private information was misused by a prostitute whom he'd short-changed

21 May 2014

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.

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Searching for answers – Google v Gonzalez

16 May 2014

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]

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Will Prince Charles's musings see the light of day?

07 May 2014

R (Evans) v Attorney General 2014 EWCA 254

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Has the Weller case created an image right in relation to the facial expressions of children?

Published on 17 April 2014.

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.

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ICO urges app developers to respect users' privacy

Published on 11 April 2014. By Mark Crichard, Partner

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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.

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Last gasp of the super-injunction

21 October 2013

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.

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Costs protection reform - privacy and defamation cases

19 September 2013

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.

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Greater transparency in the family courts - New Draft Guidance

04 September 2013

Proposed new guidance recommends that decisions of the family courts should always be published, unless there are compelling reasons against publication.

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Cloud confidentiality – or not …

02 September 2013

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.

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A Chinese lesson for private investigators

Published on 30 August 2013. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

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.

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No basis for murderer's anonymity and an alert from the bench

Published on 22 May 2013. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

Four media groups[1] 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.

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No breach of privacy in publication of information that child's father is a prominent politician

Published on 20 May 2013. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

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.

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Financier granted permanent anonymity in defamation proceedings

11 April 2013

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).

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Defence to Harassment actions reformulated

10 April 2013

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.

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Can schools take pupils' fingerprints?

Published on 09 April 2013. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

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.

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UK/EU conflict over the 'right to be forgotten'

Published on 05 April 2013. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The Guardian is reporting today that Britain wants to opt out of the 'right to be forgotten', the term applied to article 17 of the Data Protection Regulation which is intended to facilitate the deletion of personal data on request whether or not the data is incomplete or incorrect.

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Do we really value our privacy?

Published on 03 April 2013. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

How much do we really care about our personal privacy? Research suggests less than we might like to think.

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Did the Australian radio hosts breach their industry code?

11 December 2012

Will the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) take tough action not only in respect of the broadcast without permission of the secretly recorded telephone call, but also for breaching the Duchess of Cambridge’s privacy?

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Leveson's vision of a regulated press

10 December 2012

The question of what changes result is essentially a political matter.

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Unmeritorious privacy claim dismissed as attempted extortion.

Published on 28 November 2012.

A privacy claim brought by an ex-business associate of Lord Sebastian Coe in relation to an Evening Standard article which published leaked business emails was dismissed on Tuesday by the High Court.

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UK referred to ECJ over internet privacy

Published on 21 September 2012. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

On 30 September 2010 the European Commission announced that it referred the UK to the European Court of Justice for its alleged failure to implement EU laws on the confidentiality of electronic communications such as emails or internet browsing.

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Irish court dismisses privacy claim

Published on 21 September 2012.

Ruth Hickey (who is the former partner of David Agnew (according to recent Irish press reports), who in turn is the former husband of Adele King (also known as “Twink”), an Irish entertainer) brought a claim against The Sunday World newspaper in the Irish High Court for (1) breach of her (and her son’s) rights of privacy and (2) libel .

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Prince Harry – has the Sun got it right?

Published on 24 August 2012. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

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.

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A former editor’s view on the naked Royal

Published on 22 August 2012. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

There’s an interesting view on the naked pictures of Prince Harry from a former tabloid editor.

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MP’s partner loses privacy and harassment case against newspaper publisher

Published on 24 May 2012. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

Carina Trimingham has lost her privacy and harassment case against the publishers of the Daily Mail.

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What’s really wrong with pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge shopping?

Published on 22 May 2012. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The celebrity magazine Heat has published the following apology:

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When can you sue under a disguised name?

Published on 03 May 2012. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

In what circumstances can a claimant in civil litigation commence proceedings under a pseudonym?

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