Vlogger Chrissy Chambers secures damages in revenge porn settlement – Iain Wilson

21 01 2018

In a widely-reported settlement, the American vlogger Chrissy Chambers has recovered damages from her former British boyfriend – anonymised in the High Court proceedings as “DCR”. Read the rest of this entry »






Landmark revenge porn cases are a stark warning for perpetrators and social media companies – Alan Reid

19 01 2018
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A recent brace of revenge porn civil cases in the UK – which in one instance led to the complainant agreeing to a settlement deal with Facebook and, separately, a YouTube star winning substantial damages – have put on notice potential perpetrators and social media sites. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson, the Data Protection Bill and the ICO’s procedural powers in relation to Journalism – David Erdos

18 01 2018

One of the main findings of Lord Justice Leveson’s Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press was that that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) did not have sufficient procedural powers to ensure that journalists did not seriously abuse personal data. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: GYH v Persons Unknown, Interim injunction to restrain campaign of vilification – Suneet Sharma

17 01 2018

In the case of GYH v Persons Unknown ([2017] EWHC 3360 (QB)) Warby J granted an interim non-disclosure order to  a sex worker.  The case engages a wide range of significant legal issues including venue jurisdiction, claims against Persons Unknown, the right to privacy despite prior disclosures and the assessment of concurrent actions in defamation and harassment. Read the rest of this entry »





Privacy, the common law and a celebrity divorce – David Burrows

16 01 2018

Under the headline ‘Jamie and Louise Redknapp’s divorce papers to be kept secret as a judge blocks the release of documents the Transparency Project reported that the Press were complaining a London court had ‘blocked the release of papers that would normally be made public and he has not given a reason why’The Daily Mail, TP said, had complained: ‘A judge has thrown a blanket of secrecy” over the couple’s divorce. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 15 January 2018

15 01 2018

The Data Protection Bill is currently progressing through the House of Lords, attracting much scrutiny in the process. Recent amendments can be found here.  The third day of the Report Stage was on 10 January 2018. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Preview: Various Claimants v News Group Newspapers, Trial of phone hacking cases to begin on 18 January 2018

14 01 2018

On 18 January 2018, nearly seven years after the managed litigation began, Mann J will begin hearing the trial of  generic issues and four lead cases in the third wave of the Mobile Telephone Voicemail Interception. Read the rest of this entry »





Virgin boycott and the Daily Mail’s strange notion of press freedom – Justin Lewis

13 01 2018

Virgin Trains’ recent decision to decide not to include the Daily Mail amongst the publications it offers its West Coast customers has received predictable howls of outrage. The foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, found time in his busy schedule to condemn it as “pompous, censorious and wrong”. For some, of course, these criticisms might equally be applied to the Daily Mail itself. Either way, this story brings to light a host of contradictions. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson: Theresa May gets her facts wrong – Brian Cathcart

12 01 2018

The Prime Minister says press reforms backed by the Lords threaten local papers. But locals already have a special opt-out– thanks to measures she helped sponsor. Read the rest of this entry »