Policeman jailed for selling crash data to claims firm – which were sold on to law firms – Legal Futures

‘Two married constables working for Lancashire Police were sentenced last month for stealing police data about car crashes and selling it to claims firms for £363,000.’

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Legal Futures, 8th November 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

High Court grants injunction to stop former in-house solicitor acting against ex-employer – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has granted an injunction restraining a former in-house solicitor from acting in proceedings against her former employer, saying that even if she was aware of the danger of disclosing confidential information, she might still subconsciously use it.’

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Legal Futures, 30th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

High Court: TV formats can be protected by copyright even if elements of the shows are spontaneous or changeable – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 27th, 2017 in confidentiality, copyright, documents, media, news, statutory interpretation by sally

‘Media companies that create TV game or quiz shows can win copyright protection for the format of those programmes in certain circumstances, the High Court in London has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th October 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Podcast on the Lachaux decision – 5RB

Posted October 20th, 2017 in confidentiality, defamation, media, news, privilege by sally

‘On Tuesday 10th October, 5RB held a panel discussion to review the recent Court of Appeal decision in Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd, Evening Standard Ltd, AOL (UK) Ltd. and its ramifications for the serious harm threshold.’

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5RB, 19th October 2017

Source: www.5rb.com

Council wins injunction against duo to prevent disclosure of school information – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 12th, 2017 in confidentiality, disclosure, education, injunctions, local government, media, news by tracey

‘The London Borough of Croydon has secured an injunction to prevent a former headteacher and an educational advocate from disclosing information about a school that it considers confidential.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th September 2017

Source: localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Protecting/Exposing Confidential Documents – Blackstone Chambers

‘In this paper, presented at the recent Blackstone Chambers Employee Competition Seminar, Kerenza Davis addresses the tricky issue of protecting confidential documents when litigating in the areas of employee competition.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 19th July 2017

Source: www.employeecompetition.com

Council sends abuse allegations to wrong address after Google Map search – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 17th, 2017 in confidentiality, data protection, local government, news, privacy by sally

‘Cheshire West and Chester Council has given an undertaking to the Information Commissioner’s Office after a number of data breaches including allegations of historic sexual abuse being sent to an incorrect address due to the address and postcode being obtained from a Google Map search.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th August 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Regulator secures record £250k fine against global firm White & Case – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has approved a fine of £250,000 on international firm White & Case for failures over conflict of interest and client confidentiality. The penalty is the biggest ever issued against a single firm at the tribunal and followed an investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th July 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Police and not council must pay for special advocates in family case, says judge – Local Government Lawyer

‘The police and not a local authority must pay for the provision of special advocates in a rare example of them being required for a Family Court case, Cobb J has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th July 2017

Source: localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Charlotte Davies on Proving Misuse of Confidential Information – Littleton Chambers

‘Ex-employers need to protect their confidential information. Some of the most potent weapons in the ex-employers’ armoury are orders for preservation, return and protection of confidential information. However, two recent cases provide a warning of the dangers of making assumptions in relation to applications for that relief, and show the stringent approach taken by the courts to orders for the protection of confidential information.’

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Littleton Chambers, 29th June 2017

Source: www.littletonchambers.com

Solicitor who took client data to new firm without consent rebuked and fined – Legal Futures

‘A London solicitor who took confidential information from defunct London firm Davenport Lyons (DL) to his new employer without client consent has been rebuked and fined £2,000 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).’

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Legal Futures, 26th June 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Cage director pleads not guilty to terror offence over privacy issue – The Guardian

Posted June 21st, 2017 in confidentiality, human rights, news, privacy, search & seizure, terrorism, torture by sally

‘The international director of the campaign group Cage has pleaded not guilty to a terror offence after refusing to give police the passcode to his mobile phone at Heathrow airport last year.’

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The Guardian, 20th June 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Fears over move by Samaritans to pass on details of ‘vulnerable’ cases – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 2nd, 2017 in charities, children, confidentiality, emergency services, news by sally

‘For decades they have provided a confidential listening service for those on the edge of despair or contemplating suicide.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st June 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Medical privacy – Panopticon

Posted May 19th, 2017 in confidentiality, disclosure, hospitals, medical records, news, pregnancy by tracey

‘Do clinicians treating a patient with Huntington’s Disease have a duty to disclose the diagnosis to the patient’s daughters? Arguably so, says the Court of Appeal in ABC v St George’s Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (2017) EWCA Civ 336.’

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Panopticon, 17th may 2017

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

Will genetically-informed medicine upend medical confidentiality? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 19th, 2017 in confidentiality, disclosure, hospitals, medical records, news, pregnancy by tracey

‘ABC v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust and Others [2017] EWCA Civ 336. In a fascinating twist to the drama of futuristic diagnosis, the Court of Appeal has allowed an argument that doctors treating a Huntington’s patient should have imparted information about his diagnosis to his pregnant daughter to go to trial.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 17th May 2017

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Calls for Ofcom to block Sky takeover until Fox News cases are resolved – The Guardian

Posted May 15th, 2017 in confidentiality, harassment, media, news, takeovers by sally

’21st Century Fox’s takeover of Sky should be blocked until allegations of sexual and racial harassment at Fox News have been resolved, according to a lawyer representing alleged victims in the US.’

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The Guardian, 12th May 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Routine denial of access to court file in procurement claims is wrong: judge – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 5th, 2017 in confidentiality, courts, documents, judges, news, public procurement by sally

‘A practice where all public procurement claims are being marked on the court file as “private”, so that access to the court file in such cases is being routinely denied, is wrong in principle, the judge in charge of the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th April 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

City watchdog fines banker for using WhatsApp in industry first – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 31st, 2017 in banking, confidentiality, financial regulation, fines, news by tracey

‘The UK’s financial watchdog has fined a former investment banker more than £37,000 after he used WhatsApp to leak information and “impress” a friend.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th March 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Local authority alert sees family barrister fined over data security failings – Local Government Lawyer

‘A senior family law and Court of Protection barrister has been fined £1,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office for failing to keep clients’ sensitive personal information secure.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th March 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Recent ruling a reminder that journalistic defence can defeat data protection breach claims, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

‘ A ruling by the High Court in London last month highlights the special rules that publishers can rely on under UK data protection law to defeat claims that they have processed personal data unlawfully.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th March 2017

Source: www.out-law.com