The Google/Safari users case: a potential revolution in DPA litigation? – Panopticon

‘I posted earlier on Tugendhat J’s judgment this morning in Vidal-Hall and Others v Google Inc [2014] EWHC 13 (QB). The judgment is now available here – thanks as ever to Bailii.’

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Panopticon, 16th January 2014

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Google must face UK courts over claims of privacy breach of iPhone users – The Guardian

Posted January 17th, 2014 in data protection, internet, news, privacy, telecommunications by sally

‘Google has lost its high court bid to block a breach of privacy legal action launched against it in the UK by a group of British internet users.’

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The Guardian, 16th January 2014

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West London Mental Health NHS Trust (Respondent) v Chhabra (Appellant) – Supreme Court

West London Mental Health NHS Trust (Respondent) v Chhabra (Appellant) [2013] UKSC 80 | UKSC 2013/0046 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 18th December 2014

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Eve’s Law: Domestic violence victims’ addresses ‘may be kept secret’ – BBC News

Posted December 18th, 2013 in disclosure, domestic violence, news, privacy, victims by sally

‘The government will consider a domestic violence campaigner’s proposal for new laws to allow victims to keep their safe house addresses secret in court.’

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BBC News, 17th December 2013

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One Direction’s Harry Styles wins court order against paparazzi – The Guardian

Posted December 16th, 2013 in injunctions, media, news, photography, privacy by sally

‘One Direction’s Harry Styles has won a court order banning the paparazzi from pursuing him in the street or waiting outside his house.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2013

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Google will not answer to British court over UK privacy claim – The Guardian

‘Google has been called “arrogant and immoral” for arguing that a privacy claim brought by internet users in the UK should not be heard by the British legal system.’

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The Guardian, 15th December 2013

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Mass Surveillance and Freedom of the Press: A Conversation with Glenn Greenwald – UCL

‘Last June, Glenn Greenwald broke the story of the mass surveillance government programs disclosed in the leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. In August Mr. Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda, was detained by police at Heathrow Airport for 9 hours under schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000. Mr. Greenwald has continued to release and comment on similar leaks since then and recently announced his departure from the Guardian to launch a new journalism venture with eBay co-founder Pierre Omidyar.

Our moderator led a conversation with Mr. Greenwald via Skype on the range of legal and political questions raised by his recent efforts. These include the lack of safeguards on government surveillance programs, the individual’s right to privacy, the freedom of the press to publish such information and any alleged threats these exposures pose to national security.’

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UCL, November 2013

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Private eyes convicted over ‘blagging’ personal data – BBC News

Posted November 21st, 2013 in conspiracy, data protection, news, privacy, private investigators by sally

“Two private investigators who tricked GP surgeries and utility firms into revealing people’s private details have been convicted of breaking data laws.”

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BBC News, 20th November 2013

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Rihanna takes on Topshop: Get my face off that t-shirt! – OUP Blog

Posted November 18th, 2013 in consent, copyright, misrepresentation, news, privacy, trade marks by sally

“Robyn Fenty — Rihanna to most of us — enjoyed victory in the English High Court earlier this year when she succeeded in stopping High Street fashion retailer Topshop from selling an unauthorised t-shirt bearing her image. 12,000 units of this t-shirt were sold, most at £22 each.”

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OUP Blog, 15th November 2013

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Cost protection plans for defamation and privacy cases would lead to mountain of satellite litigation, warns expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 14th, 2013 in costs, defamation, news, privacy by tracey

“The Government’s proposed new costs protections framework for those making defamation and privacy claims would lead to a ‘mountain of satellite litigation’, an expert has warned.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th November 2013

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City solicitors urge MoJ to withdraw “premature” consultation on defamation costs protection – Litigation Futures

Posted November 12th, 2013 in consultations, costs, defamation, news, privacy, solicitors by tracey

“City solicitors have urged the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to withdraw its consultation on costs protection in defamation and privacy claims because it does not deal with the central issue of how eligibility for protection will be assessed.”

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Litigation Futures, 7th November 2013

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UK objects to attempt by Council of Europe to examine online spying – The Guardian

“Britain is delaying the publication of a declaration on internet freedom by the 47 members of Europe’s human rights watchdog after objecting to a probe into the gathering of ‘vast amounts of electronic data’ by intelligence agencies.”

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The Guardian, 8th November 2013

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Cookie-replacement tracking technology would be subject to same ‘cookie law’ rules, says ICO – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 5th, 2013 in advertising, consent, data protection, internet, news, privacy by sally

“Businesses that track internet users’ behaviour in order to serve them with personalised content, such as adverts, using technology that will replace ‘cookies’ will still be subject to UK privacy laws, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th November 2013

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SFO could snoop on communications to uncover evidence of corruption, says director – OUT-LAW.com

“The director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has warned that the agency may use powers of surveillance to uncover evidence of corruption within corporates.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th October 2013

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Sender of unlawful spam messages successfully appeals against ICO’s £300,000 fine – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 28th, 2013 in advertising, appeals, fines, news, ombudsmen, privacy, telecommunications by sally

“A sender of unlawful spam text messages has successfully appealed against a watchdog’s decision to fine him £300,000 over the activity after an Information Rights Tribunal ruled that insufficient damage or distress had been caused to recipients to merit the penalty being imposed.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th October 2013

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Last gasp of the super-injunction – RPC Privacy Law

Posted October 21st, 2013 in data protection, human rights, injunctions, news, privacy, statistics by sally

“Super-injunctions are almost an extinct species. ‘Non-super’ privacy injunctions however remain alive and kicking with according to recent figures a 100% success rate on interim applications.”

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RPC Privacy Law, 21st October 2013

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Gas company vicariously liable for database rights infringement by staff – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 21st, 2013 in copyright, damages, database right, energy, news, privacy, vicarious liability by sally

“The market leader in the sale of liquid propane gas (LPG) in the UK has been found vicariously liable for the infringement of database rights belonging to a rival.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 18th October 2013

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New cookies guidance highlights intra-EU differences on data protection definitions, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 21st, 2013 in advertising, consent, data protection, EC law, internet, interpretation, news, privacy by sally

“New guidance issued by an EU privacy advisory body on ‘cookies’ highlights a continuing lack of harmonisation on definitions central to European data protection laws, which are interpreted differently across different EU countries, an expert has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th October 2013

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Police face legal challenge over secret files on protesters – The Guardian

Posted October 21st, 2013 in criminal records, database right, demonstrations, human rights, news, police, privacy by sally

“Police chiefs face a legal challenge over their policy of keeping secret files on thousands of political activists.”

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The Guardian, 18th October 2013

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Jail sentence penalties for data breaches will be consulted on despite Government’s scepticism – OUT-LAW.com

“The Government has reiterated its commitment to consult on introducing custodial sentences as a possible penalty for individuals who breach UK data protection laws.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th October 2013

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