Was the hoax call really an offence under the Data Protection Act? – Dan Tench

12 12 2012

Police outside King Edward VII hospital where woman was working when hoax duchess call was madeIn a recent post on Inforrm it was suggested that the recent notorious prank phone call from two Australian DJs to the King Edward VII Hospital where they blagged private information about the Duchess of Cambridge and which had such tragic consequences, constituted an offence under section 55 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (the “DPA”).  Read the rest of this entry »





Case Comment: R (Press Association) v Cambridge Crown Court – Anonymity and sexual offences – Edward Craven

12 12 2012

Victims of rape and other serious sexual crimes are entitled to lifelong anonymity under the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992. It is sometimes suggested that defendants in sex cases should enjoy similar protection until they are convicted at trial. However in a novel twist, a judge recently went one step further and ordered the anonymisation of a convicted rapist in order to protect the identity of his victim. Read the rest of this entry »