News: Statement in Open Court, Heat magazine apologises and pays privacy damages to Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini

19 12 2014

Cheryl ColeA Statement in Open Court [pdf] was read in today in the High Court before Mr Justice Dingemans in the privacy case of Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini v. Bauer Consumer Media Limited. Heat magazine apologised and agreed to pay damages and costs. Read the rest of this entry »

Who’s that lurking in the bushes outside A and E? It’s the Daily Mail! – Michelle Gribbon

12 12 2014

St-Georges-Hospital-sign-2A photographer working for the Daily Mail turned up at St George’s Hospital in South London on Friday night with a telescopic lens hoping to take pictures of drunk party goers. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Privacy injunction granted against ‘Sun on Sunday’, first against the media for nearly two years

7 12 2014

Sun on SundayOn Saturday 29 November 2014, Mr Justice Stewart granted a privacy injunction against the “Sun on Sunday” to restrain the publication of information about a sexual relationship. This was the first privacy injunction against the media since January 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Preview: JXMX v Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, Should vulnerable personal injury claimants be given anonymity?

2 12 2014

SilhouettesOn 4 December 2014 the Court of Appeal (Munby P, Lewison and King LJJ) will hear the appeal in the case of JXMX (A Child) v Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust dealing with the question of whether anonymity orders should be made at approval hearings in personal injury cases brought by children or protected persons. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law, Strasbourg: Ion Cârstea v. Romania, Breach of positive obligation to protect the right to reputation – Hugh Tomlinson QC

25 11 2014

republicaIn the case of Ion Cârstea v. Romania (Judgment of 28 October 2014) the Third Section of the Court of Human Rights held that dismissal of the applicant’s domestic defamation proceedings was a violation of the positive Article 8 obligation to protect his right to reputation.

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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 »


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