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Month: May 2015 (Page 1 of 6)

Why Leveson is alive and well, despite the election result – Steven Barnett

Leveson reportIt has become something of a received wisdom amongst Fleet Street editors that the Conservatives’ election victory means “Leveson is dead”.  Their unalloyed glee has been fuelled by a few Conservative nods and winks during the campaign suggesting that, despite a framework for press self-regulation that has was endorsed by a huge cross-party majority in the last Parliament, a Conservative government would not pursue it. Or, in the words of former Culture Secretary Sajid Javid: “Our job is done as a government. It’s up to the press.Continue reading

United States: The Facebook Posts, Cyberstalking and “Substantial Emotional Distress” – Susan Brenner

Dutch_Painting_in_the_19th_Century_-_Van_de_Laar_-_The_DivorceThis post examines a recent opinion from the Florida Court of Appeals that involves domestic violence and “cyberstalking.”  Horowitz v. Horowitz, 2015 WL 1443223 (District Court of Appeals of Florida – Second District 2015).  The best explanation of how the case arose appears in the brief Sammie D. Horowitz filed in appealing a judge’s entry of an “injunction for protection against domestic violence” against him.  Horowitz v. Horowitz, Initial Brief of Appellant, 2013 WL 7101921 District Court of Appeals of Florida – 2d District 2013). Continue reading

Access request for network data granted! A few thoughts on the decision in Ben Grubb and Telstra – Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

control-room-2The decision in Ben Grubb and Telstra Corporation Limited ([2015] AICmr 35) is fascinating.  It was issued on 1 May 2015 by Timothy Pilgrim, the Australian Privacy Commissioner – especially in the light of our recent posts, such as this one concerning Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and their roles as mere conduits and/or data controllers, or that one concerning the definitions of metadata. Continue reading

Case Law: Gulati v MGN, Phone hacking, massive privacy damages – David Hart QC

83144843_hackingcompFor some years in the early and mid 2000s, a routine form of news-gathering in the Mirror Group was phone hacking – listening to voicemails left for celebrities by their friends, and then dishing up revelations in their papers.  And this judgment amounts to a comprehensive pay-back time for the years of distress and upset sustained by those celebrities, as the ins and outs of their private lives were played out for the Mirror Group’s profit. The damages awarded well exceeded those previously payable, as justified in the tour de force of a judgment by Mann J in Gulati v MGN ([2015] EWHC 1482 (Ch)).  Continue reading

Case Law: Barron MP v Collins, the approach to meaning in a political speech case – Sara Mansoori

Rotherham MPsPreliminary hearings on meaning are becoming the norm in defamation actions, as parties view them as a relatively cheap and efficient way of determining a key issue at the outset. In Barron MP & Others v Jane Collins MEP [2015] EWHC 1125 (QB), three Labour MPs for constituencies in the Rotherham area brought a libel action against a UKIP candidate over a speech she made at the UKIP Conference. Continue reading

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