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Month: March 2015 (Page 1 of 6)

Case Law: Vidal-Hall v Google, Distress damages can be awarded under s 13 DPA without pecuniary loss (and misuse of private information is a tort) – Lorna Skinner

igooglemagesIn Vidal-Hall v, Google Inc ([2015] EWCA Civ 311) the Court of Appeal dismissed Google’s appeal from the decision of Tugendhat J in which he declined to declare that the English court did not have jurisdiction to hear data protection and misuse of private information claims brought against it. Continue reading

Spain: The Right to Be Forgotten Does Not Apply to Google’s “Blogger” platform – Miguel Peguera

BloggerIn a recently reported ruling, the Spanish National High Court held that Google is not responsible for the processing of personal data on blog hosted on Google’s owned Blogger, and therefore, that the so called “right to be forgotten” established by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the Google Spain case does not extend to a blogging platform. Continue reading

Case Law, Strasbourg: Almeida Leitão Bento Fernandes v. Portugal, No violation of Article 10 in ‘roman à clef’ case – Hugh Tomlinson QC

Torre de MoncorvoIn the case of Almeida Leitão Bento Fernandes v. Portugal (Judgment of 12 March 2015)(available only in French), the First Section of the Court of Human Rights held that the a libel conviction and award of damages against an author whose novel was held to have libelled members of her husband’s family did not violate Article 10. Continue reading

Media Standards Trust: Who was hacked? A New Report Investigates – Martin Moore

image1Reading coverage of the various hacking trials (News of the World in 2013/14 and now Mirror Group Newspapers) you could be forgiven for thinking phone hacking was all about celebrities. Celebrities attract attention, attract news interest, and sell papers. This is perhaps why many of the news reports of phone hacking have concentrated on celebrities and are illustrated with photographs of celebrities. Continue reading

Paying the price, the cost of dealing with the Sun – James Doleman

New Sunday Sun tabloidThe not guilty verdicts at the recent trial of four Sun journalists on charges relating to payments to public officials has led to the Metropolitan Police’s “Operation Elveden” being branded a failure by The Sun and other tabloid newspapers. Demands to “stop the witch-hunt” and in one case a comparison between the Crown Prosecution Service and Hitler have graced our red-top press. Continue reading

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