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Judgment awaited in Trimingham harassment case

Published on 29 April 2012. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

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.

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Parliamentary committee reports on privacy

Published on 09 April 2012. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions has reported.

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Access to Documents in Criminal Proceedings – Guardian Challenge Secures Change

Published on 03 April 2012. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

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.

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MoJ publishes first statistics on privacy injunctions

16 March 2012

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.

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Giggs' claim for privacy damages is struck out

Published on 08 March 2012. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

Ryan Giggs has lost his claim for damages against News Group Newspapers ("NGN").

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ICO fines Midlothian Council £140,000 - ICO's highest ever fine for data breaches

Published on 01 March 2012.

The Information Commissioner's Office (the "ICO") has fined Midlothian Council £140,000 for five separate security breaches, which involved accidental disclosure of confidential and sensitive personal data about children and carers to the wrong recipients.

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Chief Executive of Ann Summers gets privacy injunction

17 February 2012

Mr Justice Tugendhat has today handed down a short judgment explaining why he made an interlocutory order to prevent the publication of private and confidential information about Jacqueline Gold, the high-profile Chief Executive of Ann Summers.

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Cabinet minister's 17-year-old son gets privacy injunction but not anonymity

Published on 15 February 2012. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The son of Caroline Spelman, the Environment Secretary, has obtained an injunction against the publishers of the Daily Star Sunday.

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Strasbourg Rulings on Two Personal Privacy Claims

Published on 08 February 2012. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights yesterday handed down its much anticipated decisions in the important privacy cases Axel Springer and von Hannover.

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Should Demi Moore's emergency call have been kept private?

Published on 30 January 2012. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

When the actress Demi Moore needed emergency medical care at her home in Los Angeles last week, her friend called 911.

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Damages for unauthorised access to medical records

Published on 29 January 2012. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

A judge has awarded £12,500 to a man whose pre-existing personality disorder was exacerbated after his partner accessed his medical records and challenged him about his mental illness.

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Online privacy rights strengthened by EU data protection reform

Published on 28 January 2012. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The EU has proposed important reforms to data protection laws. The reforms have two aims: increased online privacy rights and boosting the digital economy by removing or easing some unnecessary administrative burdens.

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New Injunction Guidance

Published on 29 September 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

We have previously reported on the controversy surrounding the number and effect of privacy injunctions

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Rio's "role model" image unravels - landslide media victory in privacy case

Published on 29 September 2011.

Serial tweeter Rio Ferdinand has lost his privacy battle against the Sunday Mirror. His privacy row related to a "kiss and tell" story published in the Sunday Mirror last year.

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Guardian beefs up its privacy code

Published on 09 August 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

Guardian News & Media, owner of the Guardian and Observer, has revised its internal editorial guidelines and beefed up the sections that protect privacy.

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Automatic numberplate recognition: is it legal?

Published on 02 August 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

A report in the Guardian last week reminds readers of the strong likelihood that local police forces have tracked their movements with the use of automatic numberplate recognition (ANPR).

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Reporting the family courts - new guide published

Published on 01 August 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

A valuable guide has just been published which sets out the law governing access to, and reporting of, the family courts.

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A "tenuous claim to privacy": Hutcheson v News Group

Published on 23 July 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

Can you expect to keep a second family private? That was the ambitious hope of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's father-in-law, Chris Hutcheson.

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Reporting the Courts: a view on postponement orders

Published on 19 July 2011.

The principle of open justice has been ardently promoted in our society for many years, as was confirmed by Lord Hewart in R v Sussex Justices, ex parte McCarthy who said that “it is not merely of some importance but it is of fundamental importance that justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done”.

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Details of the new inquiry into press regulation and phone-hacking

Published on 13 July 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

It had been thought that the Prime Minister had pledged to set up two separate inquiries: one into phone-hacking and one into press regulation more generally.

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Public inquiries into privacy and press regulation

Published on 10 July 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

BBC Radio 4's PM programme's 'Privacy Commission' has finished hearing evidence and will presumably be publishing its report shortly.

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Phone hacking scandal reaches a new plane

Published on 06 July 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

If, as seems likely, it proves true that the News of the World did indeed hack into the voicemail messages of the abducted teenager Milly Dowler, the phone hacking saga moves onto an entirely new plane.

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Disclosure of documents in privacy litigation

Published on 06 July 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

What documents is a claimant entitled to demand from a media defendant in a privacy case?

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Justice Secretary expresses concern over MPs defying injunctions

Published on 16 June 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The Times has today reported that the Justice Secretary Ken Clarke yesterday told the Joint Committee on the Defamation Bill that he was concerned about the growing habit of using parliamentary privilege to defy court gagging orders.

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A former judge reflects on privacy injunctions

Published on 15 June 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

Mr Justice Eady's interview last month by Joshua Rosenberg -

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A digest of recent news (1) - UK judgments

Published on 30 May 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

For one reason and another, the blog has been unable to report on much of the recent news. This entry is an attempt to remedy the situation. Normal service should be resumed shortly.

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Are privacy injunctions too restrictive?

Published on 13 May 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

Has privacy law gone too far? It’s not just the editor of the Daily Mail who thinks so.

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The effect of privacy injunctions on third parties

Published on 21 April 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

In general, an injunction made against a defendant does not affect a third party.

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Workplace affairs are private - especially if one half of the couple has children

Published on 20 April 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The Court of Appeal's judgment in ETK v News Group [2011] EWCA Civ 439 has prompted gasps of horror from some sections of the media.

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Phone-hacking is not a hanging offence

Published on 15 April 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

In February Donald Trelford, the respected former editor of the Observer, wrote in the Independent that the phone-hacking saga was a case of "dog eats dog gone barking-mad".

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The "half-lives" of celebrities: a theory of phone-hacking

12 April 2011

In today's Independent Dominic Lawson offers an interesting view on how phone-hacking was allowed to take hold at the News of the World.

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Super Injunctions: committee reporting soon

Published on 08 April 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

By the end of this month we expect the committee investigating super injunctions to publish its report.

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The EU Council’s Conclusions On Revising EU Data Protection Law — Why Did They Bother?

Published on 04 April 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The super tanker that is the European Union legislative process is currently trying to turn itself round with a view to revising data protection law.

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Another ruling on privacy injunctions

22 March 2011

Judgment was handed down today in a case where a privacy injunction was made in 2008.

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Privacy in Tweets - the debate continues

Published on 22 March 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

Addressing the Westminster Media Forum on the regulation of privacy and online media earlier today Baroness Buscombe, Chairman of the PCC, referred to the PCC's decision in Baskerville

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Privacy and the Protection of Freedoms Bill

Published on 21 March 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The Protection of Freedoms Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 11 February 2011, is the second part of the UK Coalition Government's mission to 'restore freedoms and civil liberties through the abolition of unnecessary laws'.

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The legal protection of online identities

21 March 2011

Millions of people post comments on the web in response to articles, blogs and stories. Many do so anonymously.

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Harassment by letter-writing

Published on 17 March 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

Are letters capable of amounting to a course of conduct amounting to harassment?

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Can employers spy on their employees?

11 March 2011

The US media have reported a number of instances in which companies have hired private detectives to spy on workers taking "sickies".

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Anonymity order lifted in marital privacy case

Published on 28 February 2011.

A High Court judge has lifted an anonymity order protecting the identity of a formerly married couple involved in a privacy dispute.

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The Article 8 rights of sex offenders

24 February 2011

A recent decision of the Supreme Court has unleashed a populist wave directed at the European Court of Human Rights and European judges generally.

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Forced sterilisation case heard in public

22 February 2011

On 15 February 2011 Hedley J ordered that a case proceeding in the Court of Protection which featured medical information of the highest sensitivity should be held in open court.

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Max Mosley and the public interest in exposing hypocrisy

Published on 22 February 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

In an interesting interview with the Financial Times, the UK's most indomitable privacy claimant, Max Mosley, challenges the notion that there might be a public interest in exposing hypocrisy.

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No privacy in Tweets

Published on 10 February 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

Publicly accessible postings on Twitter and other social media are not private, according to rulings by the Press Complaints Commission.

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ICO fines councils for losing laptops

10 February 2011

On 8 February 2011 the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) issued two monetary penalty notices for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act.

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Supreme Court welcomes Twitter

08 February 2011

The use of Twitter is now officially sanctioned in the Supreme Court.

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Shock decision: sportsman not unmasked

Published on 01 February 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The identity of the sportsman officially known as JIH remains confidential.

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Anonymity proposed for teachers accused by pupils

31 January 2011

The controversial Education Bill was published on 26 January 2011.

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Blanket reporting restriction set aside by Court of Appeal

Published on 31 January 2011.

The Court of Appeal has discharged an order the effect of which would have been to postpone the reporting of an important criminal case for several months.

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Phone-hacking claims - a new legal pursuit

Published on 26 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The pack of lawyers representing the alleged victims of phone hacking by the News of the World seems to grow on an almost weekly basis.

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