Suing Facebook is no easy matter – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 10th, 2015 in appeals, defamation, EC law, human rights, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘An action in defamation and under the right to privacy against Facebook has been dismissed in the High Court. The Facebook entity named as defendant did not “control” the publication so as to allow liability; and even if it did, no claim under the Human Rights Act could lie against FB as it could not be described as any sort of a public authority for the purposes of Section 6 of the Act.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 9th November 2015

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CPS fine sparks call for data protection rethink – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Data protection arrangements should be reviewed in the modern world of social media and cybercrime, a specialist solicitor has said, after it emerged the Crown Prosecution Service delivered unencrypted DVDs to a film studio for 12 years.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th November 2015

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UK government to reform communication surveillance laws – OUT-LAW.com

‘Data recording what websites internet users have visited will need to be retained for up to 12 months by telecommunication service providers under proposed new surveillance laws that have been outlined by the UK government.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th October 2015

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Ex-prison officer jailed for selling George Michael stories to the Sun – The Guardian

‘A former prison officer has been jailed for 12 months for selling stories about George Michael’s time behind bars to the Sun.’

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2015

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UK surveillance powers explained – BBC News

‘A new law setting out what powers the UK state will have to monitor communications between citizens is set to be unveiled. How will it work?’

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BBC News, 4th November 2015

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Investigatory powers bill: snooper’s charter to remain firmly in place – The Guardian

Posted November 3rd, 2015 in bills, intelligence services, internet, investigatory powers, news, privacy by sally

‘The key elements of the snooper’s charter, including the bulk collection and storage for 12 months of everyone’s personal data, tracking their use of the web, phones and social media, will remain firmly in place when the government publishes its new investigatory powers bill on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2015

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Theresa May faces fight over web browsing access – The Guardian

Posted November 3rd, 2015 in bills, intelligence services, internet, investigatory powers, news, privacy, reports by sally

‘The home secretary, Theresa May, should not seek to give the intelligence agencies full access to an individual’s web browsing history, Labour and the former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg are both likely to say when the government publishes its draft investigatory powers bill on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2015

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Daily Mail owners challenge damages award to Paul Weller over photos of singer’s children – The Independent

‘The media’s right to publish images of the children of celebrities when they are out in public has re-emerged after the owners of the Daily Mail challenged an award of £10,000 in privacy damages to singer Paul Weller last year.’

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The Independent, 27th October 2015

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Court of Appeal considers damages for privacy breaches – data protection to follow suit? – Panopticon

Posted October 21st, 2015 in appeals, compensation, damages, data protection, interception, media, news, privacy by sally

‘This week, the Court of Appeal is grappling with a difficult and important question: how do you value an invasion of privacy? In other words, where someone has suffered a breach of their privacy rights, how do you go about determining the compensation they should receive?’

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Panopticon, 20th October 2015

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New laws to allow spies to hack people’s smartphones and computers – Daily Telegraph

‘The investigatory powers bill will give greater powers to MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, according to reports.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st October 2015

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Privacy, Patients and Payments – information sharing in the Court of Appeal – Panopticon

‘The recent decision of the Court of Appeal in W, X, Y and Z v Secretary of State for Health, Secretary of State for the Home Department and British Medical Association [2015] EWCA Civ 1034 offers rich pickings for information lawyers. It deals with the status of information about medical treatment; it looks at the scope of common law protection for private and confidential information generally; and it illustrates how wider public law concepts can apply in the field of information sharing.’

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Panopticon, 16th October 2015

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Finance & Divorce Update October 2015 – Family Law Week

‘Edward Heaton, Principal Associate and Jane Booth, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during September 2015.’

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Family Law Week, 11th October 2015

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Facebook data transfers threatened by Safe Harbour ruling – BBC News

Posted October 6th, 2015 in agreements, data protection, EC law, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘A pact that helped the tech giants and others send personal data from the EU to the US has been ruled invalid.’

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BBC News, 6th October 2015

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‘Vilified’ doctor cannot publish patient’s private information – Panopticon

‘In the Matter of C (A Child) (Application by Dr X and Y) [2015] EWFC 79 involved, in the words of Munby J, an unusual and indeed unprecedented application. It pitted the right to defend one’s reputation against the privacy and confidentiality rights of others. In this case, the latter won.
Dr X had treated C and C’s mother; he had also been an expert witness in the family court care proceedings concerning C. C’s mother was unhappy about the treatment given by Dr X. She complained about him to the GMC, whose Fitness to Practise panel in due course found the allegations against Dr X to be unproven. C’s mother also criticised Dr X publicly in the media.’

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Panopticon, 1st October 2015

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Scotland Yard’s paedophile unit: Meeting the police men and women doing the most difficult work imaginable – The Independent

‘Paul Gallagher meets the people whose job it is to identify victims, stop abuse material being shared and distributed, categorise extreme imagery ready for court and, hopefully, catch paedophiles before they find a victim ‘

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The Independent, 4th October 2015

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DL v SL – WLR Daily

Posted October 2nd, 2015 in divorce, family courts, law reports, privacy, reporting restrictions by tracey

DL v SL: [2015] EWHC 2621 (Fam); [2015] WLR (D) 391

‘FPR r 27.10 incorporated a strong starting point or presumption, which should not be derogated from unless there was a compelling reason, that ancillary relief proceedings should be heard in private. The law concerning the presence of the media in such proceedings, contained in FPR r 27.11 and Practice Direction PD27B: Attendance of Media Representatives at Hearings in Family Proceedings, was to enable the press to be the eyes and ears of the public so as to ensure that the case was conducted fairly and to enable the public to be educated in an abstract and general way about the processes that were deployed, but did not extend to breaching the privacy of the parties in those proceedings that Parliament had given to them.’

WLR Daily, 27th July 2015

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Privacy in Financial Remedies Proceedings – Family Law Week

Posted October 2nd, 2015 in divorce, family courts, news, privacy, public interest, reporting restrictions by tracey

‘David Bedingfield, barrister, 4 Paper Buildings, considers conflicting judicial attitudes to the vexed question of rights to privacy in financial remedies proceedings.’

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Family Law Week, 1st October 2015

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Prisoners’ legal letters opened by prison staff, admits ombudsman – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2015 in confidentiality, news, ombudsmen, postal service, prisons, privacy, privilege by sally

‘Prisoners’ confidential legal letters to and from their lawyers and the courts have been wrongly opened by prison staff in half of cases investigated by the prisons ombudsman in the past year.’

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The Guardian, 29th September 2015

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Donating embryos for medical research–a human rights minefield – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted September 25th, 2015 in consent, EC law, embryology, human rights, Italy, jurisdiction, news, privacy, proportionality by sally

‘The case of Parrilo v Italy [2015] ECHR 755, decided by the Grand Chamber of the ECt.HR (16-1), that Italian legislation banning the donation of embryos obtained by IVF for scientific research was within Italy’s margin of appreciation and thus was not in breach of the applicant’s (Ms Parillo) right to private life and autonomy under Article 8 of the ECHR.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 24th September 2015

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What happens when you ask to see CCTV footage? – The Guardian

Posted September 22nd, 2015 in closed circuit television, data protection, news, privacy by sally

‘In Britain and other EU countries, people have the right to see footage of themselves recorded on CCTV cameras. Yet when one university researcher set out to test this, many operators were less than forthcoming.’
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The Guardian, 22nd September 2015

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