Council reaches general agreement on proposed Data Protection Regulation, but disagreements remain in view – Alison Knight

1 07 2015

europe-636985__180On 15 June 2015, the Council of the EU announced that it had agreed a general approach to the draft Regulation on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (the proposed ‘GDPR’). Read the rest of this entry »





Practice Guidance: Committal for Contempt of Court – Open Court

30 06 2015

Lord ThomasThe Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, has issued “Practice Guidance on Committal for Contempt of Court – Open Court” [doc] to answer various questions on the application and interpretation of the “Practice Direction: Committal for Contempt of Court – Open Court” [pdf] issued on 26 March 2015. Read the rest of this entry »





Comment is (not) free: E-Commerce back in the limelight – Anya Proops

30 06 2015

e-commerceI recently wrote about the settlement of the Max Mosley litigation against Google (see my post here). Had that case been fought to its conclusion, we would at the very least have had the pleasure of gaining greater insight into the weird and wonderful world of the E-commerce legislation. However, sadly that was not to be. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 29 June 2015

29 06 2015

Media and Law RoundupThe trial of former News of the World Deputy Editor Neil Wallis continued at the Old Bailey this week.  On Monday the defendant spent his fourth day in the witness box.  Tuesday and Wednesday were taken up with closing speeches.  The judge summed up on Thursday and the jury then retired to consider their verdict. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Dr Bruce Flegg v Graeme Hallett, Massive damages for career destroying political defamation – Yvonne Kux

28 06 2015

gazetteIn the case of Flegg v Hallett ([2015] QSC 167 [pdf]) the former Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works, Bruce Flegg, has been awarded damages totalling $775,000 over malicious comments made at a press conference and in a radio interview by his ex-media adviser, Graeme Hallett. Read the rest of this entry »





A breach of the right to privacy justifies an award of damages for the act of misusing private information ‘per se’, says English High Court in phone-hacking decision – Alison Knight

27 06 2015

men-97290__180English privacy law is a slow-evolving story. Most of its principles have developed from case law since the Millennium, yet awards of damages by the courts in compensation for harm suffered as a consequence of privacy infringements (such as for distress and loss of dignity suffered by claimants) have typically been low. Read the rest of this entry »





European Centre for Press and Media Freedom founded in Leipzig

26 06 2015

Schermafbeelding 2015-06-25 om 14.10.51On 25 June 2016, representatives of 20 journalists associations, publishing houses, academic institutions, trade unions and media rights experts from many European countries founded the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) Read the rest of this entry »








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