“Big Data”: The Problems arising out of Google’s acquisition of Fitbit – Aman Kumar Yadav and Arjun Chakladar

12 06 2020

During the Consumer Policy Research Centre 2019 Conference, Mr. Rod Simms, the incumbent chairman of Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (‘ACCC’), addressed the issue of data security in the contemporary era of growing digital economies.  Read the rest of this entry »





When Privacy and Security Collide: the legality of using facial recognition security systems in quasi-public spaces – Raghav Mendiratta

5 06 2020

New technologies present opportunities for the private security sector to innovate and gain an edge over slower and non-adapter competitors. Law enforcement agencies around the world have started using facial recognition techniques over the last few years. Read the rest of this entry »





The coronavirus pandemic highlights the need for a surveillance debate beyond ‘privacy’ – David Lyon

31 05 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has stirred up a surveillance storm. Researchers rush to develop new forms of public health monitoring and tracking, but releasing personal data to private companies and governments carries risks to our individual and collective rights. COVID-19 opens the lid on a much-needed debate. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: ZXC v Bloomberg LP, Court of Appeal upholds the privacy rights of suspects – Hugh Tomlinson QC

19 05 2020

In an important privacy judgment handed down on Friday 15 May 2020 in the case of ZXC v Bloomberg LP ([2020] EWCA 611) the Court of Appeal upheld Nicklin J’s finding that the publication of an article containing confidential information obtained from a UK law enforcement agency which was investigating a businessman was a misuse of private information. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers, Allegations of wrongdoing struck out as irrelevant, complex and costly – Mathilde Groppo

12 05 2020

On 24 April 2020, Mr Justice Warby heard a pre-trial application in the case of HRH The Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers Limited, in which the Defendant sought to have parts of the Claimant’s Particulars of Claim and of the corresponding parts of her Responses to the Defendant’s Requests for Further Information struck out. Read the rest of this entry »





Contact tracing, privacy, magical thinking … and trust! – Paul Bernal

8 05 2020

The saga of the UK’s contact tracing app has barely begun but already it is fraught with problems. Technical problems – the app barely works on iPhones, for example, and communication between iPhones requires someone with an Android phone to be in close proximity – are just the start of it. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Comment: BVG v LAR, Summary judgment in privacy and harassment case – Mathilde Groppo and Persephone Bridgman-Baker

28 04 2020

On 21 April 2020, Nicol J granted summary judgment in a matter involving the online publication of covert recordings of intimate footage featuring both parties to the proceedings (BVG v LAR [2020] EWHC 931 (QB)). Read the rest of this entry »





Coronavirus pandemic has unleashed a wave of cyber attacks: here’s how to protect yourself – Chaminda Hewage

1 04 2020

While most of the world is trying to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems hackers are not on lockdown. Cyber criminals are trying to leverage the emergency by sending out “phishing” attacks that lure internet users to click on malicious links or files. This can allow the hackers to steal sensitive data or even take control of a user’s device and use it to direct further attacks. Read the rest of this entry »





Coronavirus: South Korea’s success in controlling disease is due to its acceptance of surveillance – Jung Won Sonn

26 03 2020

South Korea has been widely praised for its management of the outbreak and spread of the coronavirus disease COVID-19. The focus has largely been on South Korea’s enormous virus testing programme. Read the rest of this entry »





Re Al M: an oasis of transparency in a desert of secrets – Athalie Matthews

18 03 2020

There was never going to be anything ordinary about a custody battle between the billionaire ruler of Dubai and a Jordanian Princess. Read the rest of this entry »