Law and Media Round Up – 25 May 2015

25 05 2015

Weekly Round UPThe biggest media legal story of the week was the Mirror Phone Hacking judgment handed down by Mr Justice Mann on 21 May 2015.  This is generally seen as marking a turning point in phone hacking litigation. Although there have been several hundred claims against News Group Newspapers and Mirror Group Newspapers this is the first time there has a been a public judgment on damages. Read the rest of this entry »





ICO responds to public comments on its approach to Big Data and Data Protection, and sets out its future agenda – Alison Knight

24 05 2015

snake-36376__180On 6 May 2015, the European Commission published a Communication on a Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe. This sets out various measures to be taken so that “individuals and businesses can seamlessly access and exercise online activities under conditions of fair competition, and a high level of consumer and personal data protection, irrespective of their nationality or place of residence”. One theme considered by the Commission to be central to achieving this vision is maximising the growth potential of the ‘big data’ sector in Europe – with the Commission estimating that it is growing by 40% per year, seven times faster than the IT market. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Nudity, Privacy and the Prostitute – Susan Brenner

24 05 2015

Anthonie_Palamedesz._-_Brothel_Scene_-_WGA16867After a jury convicted Charles Adams “of capturing a representation that depicts nudity without the knowledge or consent of the person who is depicted nude in violation of Wisconsin Statutes § 942.09(am)1,” he appealed.  State v. Adams, 2015 WL 1034741 (Wisconsin Court of Appeals 2005).  Read the rest of this entry »





Beyond Bullying: some unanswered questions about the outing of Abby #Milifandom – Peter Jukes

23 05 2015

MilifandomI’m not going to rehearse the sorry history of Sun on Sunday columnist and former Conservative MP who has spent the last two weeks attacking the 17 year old behind the #Milifandom phenomenon. The young student has had enough grief as it is, and Louise Mensch’s words speak for themselves. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Operation Elveden, Sun journalist Anthony France convicted of aiding and abetting misconduct in public office

23 05 2015

Sun crime reporter Anthony France arrives at Westminster magistrates' courtSun crime reporter, Anthony France, has been convicted of aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office.  Mr France had paid PC Timothy Edwards a total of £22,000 for 42 stories over a period of 3 years. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Gulati v MGN Ltd, A landmark decision on the quantum of privacy damages – Hugh Tomlinson QC and Sara Mansoori

22 05 2015

Mirror Hacking ClaimantsThe judgment in the Mirror Phone Hacking damages case of Gulati v MGN Ltd ([2015] EWHC 1482 (Ch)) deals with a wide range of legal and factual issues.  This post deals in detail with only three: the principles on which damages for misuse of private information are assessed, whether it was appropriate to make only one award of damages per claimant and the quantum of damages in privacy cases in general.  It was Mr Justice Mann’s decision in favour of the claimants on the first two points which led to the very substantial awards of damages in this case which are summarised below. Read the rest of this entry »





Why IMPRESS is Seeking Recognition as an Independent Press Regulator – Walter Merricks

22 05 2015

waltermerricksAs soon as I was appointed Chair of IMPRESS, people asked me whether we would be seeking recognition under the Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press [pdf]. It would have been absurd for me to give an immediate answer. The IMPRESS Board was yet to be appointed, let alone to hold our first meeting. When we did meet for the first time, early this year, we agreed that we would hear what people had to say for and against the Charter before reaching a decision. Read the rest of this entry »








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