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Draft Investigatory Powers Bill unveiled

Published on 06 November 2015. By Alex Wilson, 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

Published on 03 July 2015. By Elizabeth Wiggin, Associate

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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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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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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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

Published on 31 March 2015. By Elizabeth Wiggin, Associate

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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