Australia’s privacy laws gutted in court ruling on what is ‘personal information’ – Jake Goldenfein

20 01 2017

smart-phonesIn possibly Australia’s most important privacy case to date, the Federal Court today severely gutted Australia’s information privacy laws by narrowing the definition of “personal information”. Read the rest of this entry »





Resuscitating Workplace Privacy? A Brief Account of the Grand Chamber Hearing in Bărbulescu v. Romania – Gaurav Mukherjee and James Wookey

18 01 2017

On 30 November 2016, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) heard oral arguments in Bărbulescu v. Romania. The case was referred to the Grand Chamber on 6 June 2016, after a Chamber judgment delivered on 12 January 2016.  Read the rest of this entry »





Case Preview: PNM v Times Newspapers, Open justice and the privacy of suspects – Hugh Tomlinson QC

14 01 2017

830thetimesOn 17 and 18 January 2017, a seven judge Supreme Court will hear the claimant’s appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal in the case of PNM v Times Newspapers ([2014] EWCA Civ 1132).  Read the rest of this entry »





Media and Law: Review of Defamation, Privacy and other Media Cases in 2016

3 01 2017

2016The last year was a relatively quiet one in the English media law courts, with only two defamation trials involving the media (and none involving the national press).  The most high profile case of the year was the privacy injunction in PJS v NGN.  Our case comment on the original injunction attracted a record number of visitors. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »