To suggest terrorists are using the right to be forgotten online is absurd – Paul Bernal

15 11 2014

Sajid JavidThe culture secretary, Sajid Javid, used his speech to the Society of Editors conference on Tuesday to spread misinformation – highly damaging misinformation – both about the importance of privacy generally and about the sadly mislabelled “right to be forgotten” in particular. Read the rest of this entry »





Samaritans Radar: misunderstanding privacy and ‘publicness’ – Paul Bernal

5 11 2014

Samaritans-Radar-_Page_5The furore over the launch of the Samaritans Radar app has many dimensions: whether it’s ethical, whether it will help, whether it will chill – putting vulnerable people off using Twitter, whether it’s legal – there are huge data protection issues – are just a start. Read the rest of this entry »





Judicial Statistics: 2013 Defamation claims down 24%, no privacy injunctions Jan-June 2014

24 10 2014

ministry-of-justiceWe have, once again belatedly, caught up with the most recent annual Judicial Statistics – those for 2013.  These show a substantial decrease in the number of issued defamation claims, down 24% from 2012.  In 2013 there were 142 issued defamation claims in London (where the large majority of claims are made) – as opposed to 186 in 2012.  This is the lowest annual figure since 2002 and appears to be the second lowest of all time. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini wins privacy damages from “Reveal” magazine

21 10 2014

Jean Bernard Fernandez-VersiniOn 20 October 2014 a Statement in Open Court was read in the High Court in the case of Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini v. National Magazine Company Ltd. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: an opportunity missed to enhance press freedom – Paul Wragg

7 10 2014

gazetteThe Australian Law Reform Commission has recommended the creation of a commonwealth statute to protect against serious invasions of privacy.  The proposed tort bears close comparison to the UK’s misuse of private information action, developed from Campbell v MGN ([2004] AC 457).  The full report is available here [pdf]. Read the rest of this entry »





Michaelmas Term 2014: Upcoming Media Law Trials, Appeals and Judgments, Updated2

1 10 2014

Royal CourtsThe new legal term – Michaelmas – starts today and will end on 19 December 2014.  With the invaluable assistance of Mr Benjamin Pell we have prepared a list of the upcoming defamation and privacy judgments, trials and appeals.  We would be grateful to readers for information about any other listed or pending cases.  We will then update this post. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: Privacy Report, Interview with Barbara McDonald

18 09 2014

gazetteThe ALRC report on Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era surprised no one by recommending an actionable tort of privacy … In this interview with Australian online media law publication, the Gazette of Law and Journalism (“GLJ”), the commissioner for the inquiry, Professor Barbara McDonald, reveals the forces at play and the thinking behind the report’s key features

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