Case Law: TLT v Home Office, Damages of £39,500 for asylum seeker spreadsheet blunder – Aidan Wills

15 10 2016

Home OfficeIn a decision handed down on 24 June 2016 (TLT and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWHC 2217 (QB)) Mitting J ordered the Home Office to pay six claimants a combined total of £39,500 for the misuse of private information and breaches of the Data Protection Act (“DPA”) 1998 arising from the publication online of a spreadsheet. A redacted version of the judgment was made public last week. Read the rest of this entry »

Has social media really shifted the line between personal and private forever? – Bruce Baer Arnold

13 10 2016

social-mediaIn the past, so the story goes, we had privacy and dignity – but we kissed it goodbye with a few keystrokes on social media. Life is a bit more complicated than that. The death of privacy and the erosion of the personal sphere is an internet meme. Read the rest of this entry »

Does Elena Ferrante have the right to anonymity? – Nathan Capone

7 10 2016

elena-ferranteAn Italian investigative journalist has recently claimed to have ‘unmasked’ the pseudonymous Elena Ferrante, the bestselling Italian author of the ‘Neapolitan quartet’ of novels. Ferrante has consistently guarded her real identity and has been writing under the pseudonym since 1992. This raises interesting questions in connection with privacy rights and whether it could be considered a breach of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights to reveal the name of an individual who otherwise wished to be anonymous. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Middleton v Persons Unknown, Privacy injunction granted following iCloud hack – Francesca Miller

4 10 2016

pippa-middletonIn the case of Middleton & Anor v Person Or Persons Unknown [2016] EWHC 2354 (QB) Pippa Middleton, the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, successfully sought the continuation of an interim privacy injunction and the expansion of its terms against person(s) unknown. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Dr DB v General Medial Council, Privacy of a doctor under GMC investigation clashes with that of his patient – David Hart QC

3 10 2016

privacy-policy-fullThe case of Dr DB v. General Medical Council [2016] EWHC 2331 (QB), was an interesting three-way privacy fight between a GP, a patient who had complained about his treatment by the GP, and the GMC who had investigated that complaint. Read the rest of this entry »

Keith Vaz, an outbreak of morality? Pull the other one – Brian Cathcart

9 09 2016

keith-vazPicture this. You are in the newsroom of a tabloid national paper and a reporter has just rushed up to the editor.

Reporter – ’Boss! I have shocking news. I have evidence that a senior backbencher has paid for sex!’ Read the rest of this entry »

Keith Vaz, the Sunday Mirror and the Public Interest: must politicians live by different standards?

5 09 2016

Keith-Vaz-FrontpageOn Sunday 4 September 2016 the Sunday Mirror ran an exclusive concerning Labour MP Keith Vaz.  The headline “Labour MP Keith Vaz and the Prostitutes at His Flat” occupied most of the front page and several  inside pages of the newspaper. Read the rest of this entry »