Google Spain: French data protection authority rejects Google appeal

23 09 2015

cnil-googleThe French data protection authority, the CNIL, has dismissed an internal administrative appeal by Google Inc against its ruling that the decision in Google Spain requires delisting on all versions of the search engine, including google.com. Read the rest of this entry »





Event: Freedom of Information, Extending Transparency to the Private Sector

22 09 2015

Freedom of InformationOn 28 September 2015, the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and the Information Law and Policy Centre (ILPC) at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies are presenting a joint event entitled “Freedom of Information: Extending Transparency to the Private Sector“. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson is happening at last: good news for everyone and a great opportunity for journalism – Brian Cathcart

22 09 2015

Leveson reportIt has been a long time coming, but the first of the big reforms recommended by the Leveson Inquiry is finally going to happen, and that is good news for all of us because it means greatly enhanced access to justice in some cases where our legal rights may have been breached. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Brett Wilson LLP v Persons Unknown, corporate damages and injunction against unknown operators of website – Hugh Tomlinson QC

21 09 2015

Solicitors from HellIn the case of Brett Wilson LLP v Persons Unknown ([2015] EWHC 2628 (QB))(16 September 2015) Warby J granted a permanent injunction against the unknown operators of the “Solicitors from Hell UK” website.  He also awarded damages of £10,000.  This is the first case under the Defamation Act 2013 in which a court has made an award of damages to a “body that trades for profit”. Read the rest of this entry »





Future of the BBC: why the ‘market failure’ model is a flop in broadcasting – Justin Lewis

20 09 2015

BBCFor any fans of the BBC – and that would include the 59% of Britons who say it is the source they are most likely to turn to for accurate news coverage or, for that matter, the 34% of Americans who told Pew last year they turn first to the BBC for their news – then the government’s green paper on the future of the UK’s public broadcaster will come as worrying news. Read the rest of this entry »





Confidence, privacy and a question of fax: butler’s claim can’t be struck out – Jeremy Phillips

19 09 2015

Burrell BookOf note on account of the fact that it pitches one seasoned manipulator of the media against another is Paul Burrell v Max Clifford [2015] EWHC 2001 (Ch),  a High Court, Chancery Division, decision from England and Wales, delivered by Mr Justice Mann on 25 June 2015. This blogpost is based on a note on subscription-based service Lawtel; the full judgment has not yet been uploaded on to BAILII. Read the rest of this entry »





Libels, damned libels and statistics – Andrew Stephenson

18 09 2015

StatisticsCould it be that suing for defamation is back in fashion? Despite predictions that the Defamation Act 2013 would lead to a decrease in the number of claims, statistics now show a whopping 60 per cent increase in the number of defamation claims issued in London in 2014 compared to the year before. Read the rest of this entry »