Case Law, Strasbourg: Bărbulescu v Romania – Monitoring of an employee’s communications held to be violation of Article 8 ECHR – Sara Mansoori

12 09 2017

The decision of the Grand Chamber of the Court of Human Rights handed down last week in Bărbulescu v Romania ([2017] ECHR 754) is a surprising one that acts as a warning to employers. The Court held that the Article 8 rights of an employee breached when his employer monitored his personal communications on Yahoo Messenger. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, India: Puttaswamy v Union of India, Supreme Court recognises a constitutional right to privacy in a landmark judgment – Hugh Tomlinson QC

4 09 2017

On 24 August 2017, a nine judge bench of the Supreme Court of India handed down its decision in the important constititutional case of Puttaswamy v Union of India [pdf].  In a remarkable and wide ranging 547 page judgment the Court ruled unanimously that privacy is a constitutionally protected right in India. This is landmark case which is likely to lead to constitutional challenges to a wide range of Indian legislation. Read the rest of this entry »





Prince Harry and David Beckham: a close look at IPSO’s approach to privacy – Oliver Lock

14 08 2017

IPSO recently published its decisions on two separate privacy complaints brought against the Mail Online: the first by Prince Harry (which was upheld) and the second by David and Victoria Beckham (which was not). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Khuja (formerly PNM) v Times Newspapers, Privacy and Open Justice – Aidan Wills

7 08 2017

As previously noted on Inforrm, the Supreme Court has dismissed (by a majority of 5-2) the appeal in Khuja v Times Newspapers and others [2017] UKSC 49, an important case dealing with the interaction between privacy, the open justice principle and the right to report on judicial proceedings.  Read the rest of this entry »





Privacy and the end of innocence: An alternative perspective on Khuja (formerly PNM) v Times Newspapers – Robert Craig

27 07 2017

This post follows Paul Wragg’s piece on this blog discussing the recent Supreme Court decision determining that the applicant had no right to anonymity after being named in open court by a witness in a high profile criminal case in Oxford. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Bogomolova v. Russia, Publication of picture of 3 year old “orphan” violated Article 8 – Ingrida Milkaite

25 07 2017

The case of Bogomolova v. Russia concerns the use of an unauthorised photograph of a minor’s face on the front page of a booklet promoting adoption and help for orphans. It proves that the publication of pictures of children without parental consent may have a significant social impact on the family and may violate Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR), protecting the right to private and family life. Read the rest of this entry »





Distinguishing harm from misuse in privacy law: Khuja v Times Newspapers – Paul Wragg

22 07 2017

The long-awaited judgment in Khuja (formerly known as PNM) v Times Newspapers Limited is the right decision.  But it was not unanimously decided.  It is on the dissenting judgments of Lords Kerr and Wilson that this post focuses.  Read the rest of this entry »