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Statement in Open Court, Channel 5 makes public apology and pays substantial damages arising out of “Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away!” broadcast

On 19 April 2021 a joint statement in open court [pdf] was read before Mrs Justice Collins Rice after Keith Wain and Julie Kelly, both private individuals, accepted an offer of settlement in relation to the misuse of their private information in respect of the filming, making and multiple broadcasts of an episode of the television programme “Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away!” . Continue reading

“Surveillance Capitalism” – the internet’s new official protest song?

The concept of “surveillance capitalism” – coined by academic Shoshana Zuboff in 2014 – has been the subject of a number of Inforrm posts.  For example, “Explainer: what is surveillance capitalism and how does it shape our economy?” – Donell Holloway and “Our “data self” explained. A brief journey into Surveillance Capitalism” – Nataly Tedone. Continue reading

Case Law, Strasbourg: LB v Hungary, The right to privacy used as a modern pillory – Liesa Keunen

The fourth section of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) delivered a remarkable judgment in the case of L.B. v. Hungary (application no. 36345/16) on January 12, 2021). The publication of taxpayers’ personal data on the tax authority’s website for failing to fulfil their tax obligations constitutes no violation of the right to private life as established under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Continue reading

A Cromwellian Declaration: Puritan Sermon or High Court Judgment? Lord Justice Warby’s latest tract – Robin Callender Smith

There are portions of Lord Justice Warby’s most recent judgment in the litigation between Meghan Markle and Associated Newspapers [2021] EWHC 510 (Ch). that read as if he was dealing with a contempt of court case.  So trenchant are the phrases he uses to deploy the novel remedy of an enforced publication on the front page and page 3 of The Mail on Sunday and similar for its online relative MailOnline that the phrase “cruel and unusual punishment” springs to mind. Continue reading

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