United States: Supreme Court considers privacy rights in the digital age – Oliver Persey

14 12 2017

On Wednesday 29 November 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States (“the Court”) heard oral argument in Carpenter v. the United States. The issue in Carpenter is whether a warrantless seizure and search of records showing the location of a person’s mobile phone (Cell-Site Location Information – CSLI) over the course of 5 months is permitted by the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Read the rest of this entry »





Tinker, Tailor, Protestor, Spy: Corporate “intelligence” and legal remedies – Kirsten Sjøvoll

13 12 2017

The Guardian has reported that two corporate intelligence firms spied on protestors on behalf of a number of large companies, including British Airways, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Caterpillar, and Porsche. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 11 December 2017

11 12 2017

On Sunday it was announced that the notorious publicist Max Clifford died in hospital after collapsing in his cell.  He had been sentenced to 8 years imprisonment in May 2014 after being convicted of eight offences of indecent assault. Read the rest of this entry »





How identity data is turning toxic for big companies – Bhargav Mitra and Robert McCausland

9 12 2017

File 20171201 10155 re4sju.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Google might be in trouble for collecting the personal data of its users, but many companies have a growing incentive to rid their hands of the data that users entrust them with. This is because of growing costs of holding onto it. Read the rest of this entry »





Media and Communications List: a new approach to media litigation – Paul Magrath

6 12 2017

Earlier this year Mr Justice Warby was appointed to the newly created role of Judge in Charge of the Media and Communications List. We look at what this means in practice and how it will affect the future management of High Court media claims. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 4 December 2017

4 12 2017

Two data protection actions lead our round up this week.  First, the claimants in group litigation claim of against Morrisons Supermarket successfully established that the defendant was vicariously liable for a data leak (Various Claimants v W M Morrisons Supermarket plc [2017] EWHC 3113 (QB)).  Read the rest of this entry »





Is your library criminal? – Joel Bennathan QC

2 12 2017

In 1999 the Home Secretary, Jack Straw, was presenting what was to become the Terrorism Act 2000 to the House of Commons. Answering a challenge about the breadth of its terms he said: Read the rest of this entry »