Case Law: ERY v Associated Newspapers, Is a police investigation a private matter? – Max Campbell

1 12 2016

metropolitan-policeA recent decision by Nicol J in ERY v Associated Newspapers Ltd ([2016] EWHC 2760 (QB)) has found that a suspect in a police investigation has a reasonable expectation of privacy which is likely to trump the press’s right to freedom of expression. Read the rest of this entry »





Court makes final order as parties agree settlement in “celebrity threesome” injunction case. PJS v News Group Newspapers – Nick Dyson

27 11 2016

Following the Supreme Court’s decision on 19 May 2016 to uphold the PJS injunction preventing the media from naming the celebrity and their partner involved in an alleged threesome at the end of 2011, the High Court has approved an agreed final order in the action for breach of confidence and misuse of private information ([2016] EWHC 2770 (QB)). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council, Naming your Abusers – Jonathan Metzer

25 11 2016

no_imageIn the case of Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council [2016] EWHC 2864 (QB) Males J held that the right of a claimant to name the people who abused her prevailed over the rights of the perpetrators and others to private and family life. Read the rest of this entry »





How the UK passed the most invasive surveillance law in democratic history – Paul Bernal

25 11 2016

image-20161123-19696-167r7twYou might not have noticed thanks to world events, but the UK parliament recently approved the government’s so-called Snooper’s Charter and it will soon become law. This nickname for the Investigatory Powers Bill is well earned. Read the rest of this entry »





News, United States: Augmented Reality: Watch This Space, the U.S. Congress Certainly Is – Alexia Bedat

17 11 2016

augmented-reality-1Imagine never having to relive that awkward moment where the name of a person you’ve met many times before escapes you. Consider looking at billboards that advertise services or products actually tailored to your interests.  Picture reading the news and becoming immersed in the dispute that you are reading about.  Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: ERY v Associated Newspapers, Privacy injunction extended to prevent publication of police investigation information – Iona Millership

16 11 2016

mail-on-sundayOn 4 November, Mr Justice Nicol handed down an anonymised judgment in ERY v Associated Newspapers Limited ([2016] EWHC 2760 (QB)).  It focuses on two important issues.  First, the necessary likelihood of the matters sought to be restrained by an injunction.  Second, the extent to which police investigations into individuals give rise to a reasonable expectation of privacy and thus the reporting of them subject to legal restraint. Read the rest of this entry »





Quantifying Damages for Breach of Privacy – Gideon Barth

2 11 2016

Home OfficeThe case of TLT v Secretary for Home Department ([2016] EWHC 2217 (QB)) concerned the quantification of damages for data breaches. In October 2013, the Home Office published statistics on its family returns process, the means by which children with no right to remain in the UK are sent back to their country of origin. Read the rest of this entry »