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A mass outbreak of anonymity: CDE and FGH v MGN and LMN

Published on 20 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

It is not unusual for claimants in privacy cases to be anonymised. It is less common for defendants and distinctly unusual for non-parties.

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ECtHR upholds Campbell v MGN

Published on 18 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

Just under seven years after the House of Lords found by 3 to 2 against the Daily Mirror in the landmark privacy case by Naomi Campbell, the European Court of Human Rights has rejected MGN's attempt to persuade it that UK law was incompatible with Article 10.

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No exclusion of bereaved families from 7/7 inquest

14 January 2011

The Divisional Court has refused the Government's application for judicial review of the 7/7 Coroner's decision not to exclude victims' families from the court during its private sessions.

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7/7 footage withheld from public to protect privacy of victims and their families

14 January 2011

The Coroner conducting the inquest into the terror attacks in London on 7 July 2005 has ordered that certain footage shown in court of the aftermath of the 7/7 attacks should not be released to the media.

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Super-injunctions - an update

Published on 14 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

Super-injunctions are injunctions that prevent publication of the fact that the court has made an injunction.

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Should the parties in privacy cases be anonymised? - a summary of the recent judgments

Published on 14 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

Since the end of the summer at least eight judgments have considered whether the parties to successful applications for privacy injunctions should be anonymised.

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Anonymity of egg and sperm donors

13 January 2011

A survey by Manchester Fertility Services highlights issues of privacy concerning egg and sperm donation.

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No injunction for local authority that failed to give notice to media

Published on 12 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

A judge has refused to make an order gagging media organisations who were not given proper notice of the application for the order.

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Media access to Court of Protection

Published on 12 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The Independent newspaper has won the right to attend and report on a case in the Court of Protection.

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UK referred to ECJ over internet privacy

Published on 12 January 2011. 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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Use (and abuse?) of anti-terrorism powers by police

Published on 12 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

A Home Office report on the operation of police powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 and subsequent legislation has revealed that in 2009/10 a total of 101,248 stop-and-searches were made pursuant to s40 of the Terrorism Act 2000, but not one of the stop-and-searches resulted in an arrest being made on a terrorism charge.

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Computer hacker fined £21,000

Published on 11 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

A computer hacker who admitted offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 has been fined £21,000 and given a 36-week prison sentence suspended for two years.

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New report on the 'Surveillance Society'

Published on 11 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The Information Commissioner has expressed concern over the lack of scrutiny of new laws affecting privacy.

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Undercover reporting - 'Cablegate'

Published on 11 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

On 20 December 2010 the Daily Telegraph published a report based on secretly recorded conversations with the Business Secretary Vince Cable.

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Google escapes fine over Street View breach

Published on 11 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

Google's Street View service has escaped a financial penalty despite being found to breach the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).

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Public access to documents in criminal cases

Published on 11 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The Administrative Court has upheld the decision of a district judge to refuse the press access to documents placed before a magistrates court in connection with extradition proceedings

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Van Morrison gets privacy injunction

Published on 10 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The musician Van Morrison has obtained an injunction against the News of the World to prevent the publication of private information apparently disclosed to the newspaper by a tradesman working at the musician's house.

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Privacy judgment in Northern Ireland

Published on 10 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

In King v Sunday Newspapers (Northern Ireland High Court, WEA7948), following a High Court trial before Weatherup J, the claimant obtained an injunction preventing publication of his home address and certain further information about his family.

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Harassment by newspaper articles

Published on 10 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

In King v Sunday Newspapers (Northern Ireland High Court, WEA7948) the claimant alleged that a series of articles in the Northern Irish newspaper Sunday World constituted harassment under the Prevention of Harassment (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 (the equivalent of the Protection From Harassment Act 1997).

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Tweeting the courts

Published on 10 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The Lord Chief Justice has issued guidance on the use of Twitter in court.

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Applications for privacy injunctions – when notice need not be given

Published on 10 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

In DFT v TFD [2010] EWHC 2335 (QB) Sharp J made an order to restrain publication of allegedly private and confidential information without notice having been given to either the respondent or the media.

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Privacy and anonymisation in commercial cases and in the Court of Appeal

Published on 10 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

In a music royalties dispute involving Pink Floyd, the Court of Appeal has made it clear that a private hearing or anonymisation of parties should take place only where the court is satisfied this is necessary for the proper administration of justice.

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Privacy and blackmail

Published on 10 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

Those seeking to profit from making unauthorised disclosures of private information sometimes resort to blackmail, seeking to extort money from those who would prefer to keep the information private.

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Anonymisation of parties in matrimonial proceedings

Published on 10 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The Court of Appeal has lifted an order by a family court judge which directed that the parties to the proceedings should be anonymised.

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School photographs, data protection and common sense

Published on 06 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

In the run up to Christmas the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued a press release confirming that the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) does not prevent family and friends from taking photographs at school concerts or plays.

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First monetary penalty notices issued by ICO

06 January 2011

On 24 November the Information Commissioner's Office ("ICO") issued its first monetary penalty notices, marking the first use of this power since it became available to the ICO in April.

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The Stig reveals himself

06 January 2011

Ben Collins is the second man to play the part of the anonymous racing driver “The Stig” in the BBC's popular Top Gear programme.

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