Information Commissioner will investigate latest gaffe by taxman – The Times

Posted November 29th, 2007 in confidentiality, HM Revenue & Customs, news by sally

“The Information Commissioner is to investigate a fresh security lapse by the taxman as the confidential details of millions of parents were included in apology letters sent to their last known address.”

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The Times, 29th November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Stolen secrets allegation must go to full trial, rules High Court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 14th, 2007 in confidentiality, news by sally

“A judge has said that he could not say for sure that a claim for breach of confidence was without merit based solely on an expert’s view that the information in dispute was in the public domain. He said the case must go to a full trial.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th November 2007

Source: www.out-law.com

Foreign Offfice gag on memoirs angers former diplomats – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2007 in confidentiality, diplomats, freedom of expression, news by sally

“A former British diplomat yesterday denounced a lifetime confidentiality agreement demanded by the Foreign Office as ‘unworkable and draconian’, and has refused to sign it.”

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The Guardian, 12th October 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

UK diplomats ‘face lifetime gag’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 10th, 2007 in confidentiality, diplomats, freedom of expression, news by sally

“The Foreign Office has been accused of trying to gag diplomats for life after regulations were issued stopping them from commenting on international issues even after retirement.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th October 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Employment Appeals Tribunal refuses ‘powerful’ new evidence – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 10th, 2007 in compensation, confidentiality, employment, news by sally

“A worker has won the right to compensation for his sacking after being accused of poaching customers from his employer and starting up his own rival firm. The employer lost the case despite a tribunal finding ‘powerful evidence’ in the employer’s favour.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 9th October 2007

Source: www.out-law.com

Dead woman’s medical records case could undermine FOI law – The Register

Posted October 3rd, 2007 in confidentiality, data protection, medical records, news by sally

“A dead woman’s medical records should not be released because a duty of confidentiality survives her death, the Information Tribunal has ruled. The decision backs an earlier ruling by the Information Commissioner.”

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The Register, 1st October 2007

Source: www.theregister.co.uk

Doctor faces High Court battle with GMC over weblink – The Register

Posted August 22nd, 2007 in confidentiality, doctors, internet, news by sally

“A mental health doctor is headed for a showdown with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the High Court because she is accused of breaking confidentiality by posting a link on her blog.”

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The Register, 21st August 2007

Source: www.theregister.co.uk

Lords end NHS trust’s legal battle over source – The Guardian

Posted July 28th, 2007 in confidentiality, medical records, news by sally

The NHS trust that has been fighting a seven-and-a-half-year legal battle to force a freelance journalist to name a source for a story has been refused further leave to appeal by the House of Lords.

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The Guardian, 27th July 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Mail on Sunday denied appeal over diaries – The Guardian

Posted June 14th, 2007 in confidentiality, copyright, news by sally

“The Mail on Sunday will be forced to return Prince Charles’ diaries after the House of Lords today rejected the paper’s request for leave to appeal the case.”

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The Guardian, 14th June 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Woman gets suicide advice payout – BBC News

Posted May 25th, 2007 in citizens advice bureaux, confidentiality, news, unfair dismissal by sally

“A Citizens Advice Bureau advisor who was sacked after she phoned a suicidal woman’s GP was awarded £18,000 damages.” 

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BBC News, 24th May 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Douglas and Another v. Hello! Ltd. and Others – Times Law Reports

Posted May 3rd, 2007 in confidentiality, contracts, economic loss, law reports by sally

Duty of confidentiality to celebrities is enforceable

Douglas and Another v. Hello! Ltd. and Others

House of Lords 

“Photographic images of the wedding of two celebrities had a commercial value over which the celebrities had sufficient control to enable them to impose an obligation of confidence. A magazine publisher who had bought the exclusive right to publish the photographs and had the benefit of the duty of confidentiality imposed by the celebrities, had the right to enforce that duty against a rival magazine which published unauthorised photographs of the wedding.”

The Times, 3rd May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Life got just tougher for those who get scooped – The Times

Posted May 3rd, 2007 in confidentiality, contracts, economic loss, news by sally

“The House of Lords’ ruling, by a 3 – 2 majority in favour of OK! magazine’s £1 million claim against Hello!, will further strengthen the grip that celebrities have over the exploitation of their fame. The use of “spoilers”, in which one publication beats another to an “exclusive” story, will now carry a much greater risk of large compensation claims.”

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The Times, 2nd May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Judgment in full: Douglas v. Hello! – The Times

Posted May 2nd, 2007 in confidentiality, contracts, economic loss, law reports by sally

Douglas v. Hello! [2007] UKHL 21

The Times, 2nd May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Lords OK Hello!’s Zeta-Jones wedding payout – The Times

Posted May 2nd, 2007 in confidentiality, contracts, economic loss, news by sally

“OK! magazine won it’s [sic] appeal today against glossy rival Hello! in the dispute over the Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas wedding photographs.”

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The Times, 2nd May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Campbell diaries to beat ‘gagging’ rules – The Times

Posted April 30th, 2007 in confidentiality, news by sally

“New rules to prevent the publication of politically damaging memoirs by former politicians and civil servants will not be in force until after Alastair Campbell’s diaries are released, The Times has learnt.”

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The Times, 30th April 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Leaders’ talks must stay secret – Blair adviser – The Guardian

Posted April 26th, 2007 in confidentiality, news, official secrets act by sally

“Sir Nigel Sheinwald, the prime minister’s top foreign policy adviser, told an Old Bailey jury yesterday that private talks between world leaders must remain secret however illegal or morally abhorrent the nature of their discussions.”

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The Guardian, 26th April 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk