Archive for the 'privacy' Category

Websites should notify EU users about privacy breaches, says justice commissioner – OUT-LAW.com

“Europe-wide laws which require telecommunications companies to notify users if their data is at risk should be extended, the European justice commissioner has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th May 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

How to create a privacy law – The Guardian

“If we want a law of privacy, what should happen next? There are four possibilities.”

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The Guardian, 5th May 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Child’s right to privacy in danger if redacted documents were publishable, court says – OUT-LAW.com

“Redacted information in a document that can be easily deciphered and contains personal information about a child should be prevented from being published in the media, the Court of Appeal has ruled.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th May 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Fred Goodwin’s superinjunction text to be studied by MPs – The Guardian

“The text of the superinjunction obtained by the banker Sir Fred Goodwin has been handed to the Treasury select committee so that MPs can examine whether it raises public interest issues.”

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The Guardian, 27th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Phone-hacking laws are ‘very uneven and unclear’ – The Guardian

“The information commissioner has told a powerful group of MPs that legislation outlawing phone hacking is ‘very uneven’ and ‘very unclear’ and the law should be clarified.”

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The Guardian, 26th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Women to blame for rise in injunctions, says leading lawyer – Daily Telegraph

“Baroness Deech, one of Britain’s leading lawyers, says she is ashamed of the ‘kiss and tell women’ at the centre of most superinjunctions.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th April 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Superinjunctions, injunctions and privacy laws around the world – The Guardian

“The rules on privacy depend not just on whether a claimant is a wealthy footballer with a crack legal team to hand but also on the country where the alleged intrusion has taken place.”

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The Guardian, 26th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Privacy law: what’s the way ahead? – The Guardian

“David Cameron says he is ‘uneasy’ about the development of a privacy law by judges based on the European Convention. How can we balance the right to publication with the right to privacy?”

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The Guardian, 26th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Calls for Ministry of Justice to reveal number of gagging orders – Daily Telegraph

“A senior MP has demanded the Ministry of Justice reveals how many gagging orders have been granted by the courts amid growing concern that they are becoming too widespread.”

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd April 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Privacy law should be made by MPs, not judges, says David Cameron – The Guardian

“The prime minister has waded into the debate on the use of superinjunctions by the rich and famous to avoid allegations of scandal, declaring that parliament and not the courts should decide where the right to privacy begins.”

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The Guardian, 21st April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

ETK v News Group Newspapers Ltd – WLR Daily

ETK v News Group Newspapers Ltd[2011] EWCA Civ 439; [2011] WLR (D) 141

“The principles applicable to the grant of an interim injunction restraining publication of private information were well established, but in appropriate cases the court’s approach was to be tempered by a clearer acknowledgment of the importance of the best interests of children.”

WLR Daily, 19th April 2011

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Please note that once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Have super-injunctions killed the kiss’n’tell? – The Guardian

“For the best part of half a century, kiss’n’tell stories have been guaranteed sales-winners for popular newspapers. The earliest examples – Christine Keeler and Diana Dors spring to mind – were tame stuff compared with their modern equivalents.”

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The Guardian, 20th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government publishes cookie law plans and says browser settings cannot give consent – OUT-LAW.com

“Browser settings alone cannot be used by web users to give consent to their behaviour being tracked under a new EU law, the UK Government has said. The Government said that it will implement the EU law by a 25 May deadline.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 18th April 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Leading actor’s gagging order over affair with Rooney prostitute – Daily Telegraph

“A leading actor granted a gagging order by a judge was trying to prevent the public discovering he had cheated on his wife with a prostitute, Helen Wood, whose clients include Wayne Rooney.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th April 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Gordon Brown phone-hacking inquiry halted by civil service – The Guardian

“Sir Gus O’Donnell, the cabinet secretary, blocked an attempt by Gordon Brown before the general election to hold a judicial inquiry into allegations that the News of the World had hacked into the phones of cabinet ministers and other high-profile figures.”

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The Guardian, 10th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

#WithoutPrejudice Podcast 3: Libel – Hyperinjunctions – Lautsi v Italy – Expert immunity – Interns – Silk? – Charon QC

“Welcome to the third episode of Without Prejudice: Tonight, I am afraid, I can’t tell you about our guest… in fact, the superinjunction is so harsh, I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of a guest… but…. I can tell you that David Allen Green and Carl Gardner are at the table…. waiting to discuss libel, privacy, hyperinjunctions, Rough Justice – Miscarriages of Justice, The Lautsi v Italy crucifix case, and we may even have time to discuss expert immunity from suit…and interns.”

Podcast

Charon QC, 6th April 2011

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

New gagging orders stretch right into the heart of parliament – The Guardian

“The revelation by the Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming of a new breed of ‘hyperinjunction’, which forbids the recipient talking about it to MPs, is one of the most disturbing developments in the contest between legitimate privacy and the need for open justice.”

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lily Allen wins damages over Mail Online article – The Guardian

“Lily Allen has won damages from Associated Newspapers in a privacy and copyright action relating to pictures of her home published by Mail Online.”

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The Guardian, 23rd March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Goldsmith wins high court orders – The Independent

“Tory MP Zac Goldsmith, his ex-wife Sheherazade and sister Jemima Khan have won High Court orders preventing the disclosure of private information, it emerged today.”

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The Independent, 22nd March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Super-injunctions here to stay, top judge signals – Daily Telegraph

“Super-injunctions will not be scrapped despite being the worst example of ‘secret justice’ for almost 400 years, the senior judge reviewing them signalled yesterday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

EU to force social network sites to enhance privacy – The Guardian

“‘Right to be forgotten’ would ensure users of Facebook and other sites could completely erase personal data.”

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The Guardian, 16th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government refuses to outlaw celebrity gagging orders – The Independent

“Ministers have ruled out reforming Britain’s privacy laws or bringing in new legislation to stop super-injunctions silencing the media, the Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke said yesterday.”

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The Independent, 16th March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Government working on browser solution for new cookie law, says spokesman – OUT-LAW.com

“The Government is working with browser manufacturers to create new settings that will help businesses comply with a controversial new EU law on cookies that is due to come into force in May.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th March 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Newspaper does not have to identify anonymous commenters, rules High Court – OUT-LAW.com

“The Daily Mail does not have to identify the people behind two anonymously posted comments on its website because to do so would breach their rights to privacy, the High Court has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 28th February 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Phone hacking: now judge tells police to stop protecting names – The Independent

“The likelihood of further News of the World (NotW) journalists being dragged into the phone-hacking scandal increased yesterday when a judge ruled that names believed to belong to the paper’s employees should no longer be blanked out on key documents.”

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The Independent, 25th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

DNA profiles to be deleted from police database – The Guardian

“Profiles of thousands of innocent people on national database will be removed as new freedoms bill scales back state intrusion.”

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The Guardian, 11th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Freedom Bill signals common sense approach to public protection – Home Office

“Millions of people will be protected from unwarranted state intrusion in their private lives, the Home Secretary has outlined in today’s Protection of Freedoms Bill.”

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Home Office, 11th February 2011

www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Schools to be banned from fingerprinting without parental consent – Daily Telegraph

“Schools are to be banned from fingerprinting children without their parent’s consent as part of a raft of measures to restore civil liberties, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Twitter messages not private, rules PCC – The Guardian

“The Press Complaints Commission ruled on Tuesday that information posted on Twitter should be considered public and publishable by newspapers after it cleared the Daily Mail and Independent on Sunday of breaching privacy guidelines.”

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The Guardian, 8th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Liberty attacks new school search powers for phones – BBC News

“New search powers being given to schools over mobile phones are more suitable for terror inquiries, human rights pressure group Liberty says.”

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BBC News, 4th February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Married TV personality granted gagging order – Daily Telegraph

“A married TV personality has been granted continued anonymity by the High Court in the latest in a long line of privacy cases.”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Privacy watchdog urges stronger data protection in EU law review – OUT-LAW.com

“Organisations which lose personal data should be forced to disclose the data security breach, the European Union’s privacy watchdog has said. Planned changes to EU privacy law do not go far enough, said the official.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th January 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Already-published information ensures anonymity for privacy case subject, rules court – OUT-LAW.com

“The identity of a person at the centre of an alleged photograph and video blackmail attempt can stay anonymous, the High Court has ruled. Anonymity is required because some information about the case is already in the public domain, it said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th January 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

European court deals blow to no win, no fee deals in Naomi Campbell case – The Guardian

“The European court of human rights today (18 January) unanimously ruled that the recovery of success fees by lawyers in privacy and defamation cases represents a significant violation of freedom of expression, in a case brought by the publisher of the Daily Mirror.”

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The Guardian, 18th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Related link: Full judgment: Mirror Group News v UK

Max Mosley’s privacy claim reaches the European court of human rights – The Guardian

“Max Mosley will appear in court today in a final attempt to change the law on privacy, in a case that could have far-reaching implications for the UK’s media.”

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The Guardian, 11th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ex-KGB agent sues MI5 over ‘privacy breach’ – The Independent

“A former senior KGB agent is suing MI5 over invasion of his privacy, alleging his family members were victims of a campaign of harassment and unlawful surveillance.”

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The Independent, 6th January 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Max Mosley’s privacy campaign reaches Strasbourg – The Guardian

“Max Mosley, the former president of motorsport’s governing body the FIA and winner of a famous privacy victory over the News of the World, goes to the European court of human rights next week to seek a major restraint on press freedom.”

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The Guardian, 4th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Clift v Slough Borough Council – WLR Daily

Clift v Slough Borough Council [2010] EWCA Civ 1171; [2010] WLR (D) 343

“Where a public authority had widely disclosed information about a person who had been in contact with its staff, both stating that she had been placed on its violent persons register and enclosing the entry itself, it was relevant, when looking to the applicability of qualified privilege, to have regard to the art 8 Convention rights of the person so identified and also to look to the proportionality of the disclosure itself.”

WLR Daily, 22nd December 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

‘New evidence’ found in phone-hacking lawsuit – The Independent

“Lawyers for Sienna Miller claim to have discovered evidence which shows that a senior News of the World executive was aware a private investigator was being paid to hack into the actress’ voicemails.”

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The Independent, 16th December 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Matt Lucas wins payout over ‘grossly intrusive’ Daily Mail article – The Guardian

“Comedian and actor Matt Lucas today won substantial undisclosed damages and an apology over a ‘grossly intrusive’ and inaccurate Daily Mail article in the wake of his ex-partner’s death.”

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The Guardian, 16th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Home Office mulls data law change – BBC News

“The Home Office has agreed to meet civil liberties groups as part of a consultation it is conducting into UK interception laws.”

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BBC News, 30th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Footballer extends gagging order – Daily Telegraph

“A Premier League footballer who risked being unmasked by a High Court judge over details concerning his private life has lodged an eleventh hour appeal preventing himself from being identified.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Google agrees to delete private data gathered by Street View cars – The Independent

“Google has agreed to delete all the personal data its Street View cars collected from unsecured wireless networks and will introduce new training and guidance for its staff, the Information Commissioner said yesterday.”

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The Independent, 20th November 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Governments should have to justify privacy-affecting laws, says ICO – OUT-LAW.com

“Governments should be forced to report on the impact of laws which affect citizens’ privacy after they have come into force, telling Parliament whether those laws have worked and what privacy rights have been infringed, the UK’s privacy watchdog has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 18th November 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Donald v Ntuli – WLR Daily

Donald v Ntuli [2010] EWCA Civ 1276; [2010] WLR (D) 291

“Whether, in view of the principle of open justice, it was necessary for a court to restrain publication of the existence of proceedings and the anonymity of the parties, depended on the facts of the particular case. Restrictions should be the least that could be imposed, consistent with the protection of a party’s right to respect for that party’s private and family life, and whether the continued anonymity was justified by the fact that there might be a significant risk of serious consequences to that right which might not be remediable.”

WLR Daily, 17th November 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Court lifts Howard Donald superinjunction – The Guardian

“A superinjunction preventing the naming of Take That’s Howard Donald has been lifted by the court of appeal in a case involving a former girlfriend.”

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Read the judgment lifting the superinjunction
(PDF)

The Guardian, 16th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Surveillance society soon a reality, report suggests – The Guardian

“Information commissioner Christopher Graham is pressing ministers for new privacy safeguards in the wake of a report that suggests moves towards a surveillance society are expanding and intensifying.”

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The Guardian, 11th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

High Court strips injunction celebrity of anonymity – OUT-LAW.com

“The High Court has ordered the identity of a celebrity to be revealed, though it has ordered that information about his private life must remain secret. The celebrity, known in the case as JIH, will be named if an appeal fails.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th November 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Google in breach of UK data laws – BBC News

“Google breached UK data laws in its collection of personal data via Street View cars, the UK’s Information Commissioner has said.”

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BBC News, 3rd November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Minister proposes privacy mediation service and good-privacy kitemark – OUT-LAW.com

“A UK Government minister has proposed the creation of a mediation service for people who think their right to privacy has been violated on the internet. The mediation could result in the removal of material, Ed Vaizey said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st November 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Google Street View: information commissioner shackled by Data Protection Act – The Guardian

“The UK information commissioner was prevented from taking stronger action against Google earlier this year after its Street View cars collected sensitive Wi-Fi because the Data Protection Act at the time limited his powers.”

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The Guardian, 28th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Google investigated over household data privacy breaches – The Guardian

“The UK privacy watchdog has launched an investigation into Google after it admitted copying household computer passwords and emails from unsecured wireless networks, when taking photographs for its Street View mapping service.”

Full story

The Guardian, 24th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

ACS:Law leak ‘shows weakness of Digital Economy Act’ – Daily Telegraph

“Internet service providers and privacy campaigners say the data breach demonstrates how difficult it will be to police the Digital Economy Act.”

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Daily Telegraph, 29th September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Mr Justice Eady to be replaced as senior judge on libel and privacy – The Independent

“Mr Justice Eady, whose rulings form much of the backbone of UK privacy law, is to hand over responsibility for defamation and privacy cases. From the beginning of October, his role as the senior media judge in England and Wales will be inherited by Mr Justice Tugendhat.”

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The Independent, 15th September 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Celebrity gagging orders see privacy cases soar – The Independent

“Celebrities who apply for gagging orders to stop the media from publishing details about their private lives have helped to boost privacy cases by nearly 50 per cent this year, new figures seen by The Independent have shown.”

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The Independent, 8th September 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk


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