News: Privacy Injunction Statistics for 2017, fourteen applications recorded, substantial increase from 2016

6 03 2018

The Ministry of Justice has published the privacy injunction statistics for 2017.  These record a total of 14 applications for interim privacy injunctions, 11 of which resulted in injunctions being granted or, in one case, an undertaking being given and 3 which were refused. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Preview: NT1 v Google LLC (ICO intervening), The First “Right to be Forgotten” trial – Aidan Wills

27 02 2018

Today sees the start of the first High Court trial to address the application of the right to be forgotten (“RTBF”) as articulated by the CJEU in C‑131/12 Google Spain v Agencia Española de Protección de Datos & Mario Costeja González (“Google Spain”). Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Ali v Channel 5, Can’t Pay? We’ll take it away (then you can make us pay) – Zoe McCallum

25 02 2018

In a judgment delivered on 22 February 2018 in the case of Ali v Channel 5 Broadcast ([2018] EWHC 298 (Ch)) Arnold J ordered Channel 5 to pay £20,000 in damages for misuse of private information to a couple, Shakir Ali and Shahida Aslam, who had fallen into rent arears. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia: Welcome to the new (old) moralism: how the media’s coverage of the Barnaby Joyce affair harks back to the 1950s – Denis Muller

17 02 2018

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The Barnaby Joyce saga has given a great boost to what might be called “shake-the-tree” journalism: you shake the tree by running a sensational story and see what falls out.  The Daily Telegraph’s original public-interest case for publishing the first story of Joyce’s relationship with ex-staffer Vikki Campion was weak when weighed against the privacy intrusions on Joyce, his estranged wife, his daughters, and Campion. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law, Northern Ireland: Arthurs v NGN, no reasonable expectation of privacy in father’s criminal convictions – Ciaran O’Shiel and Charlotte Turk

15 02 2018

In the case of Arthurs v News Group Newspapers Ltd ([2017] NICA 70) the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal upheld a decision to reject the Plaintiff’s application for interim relief based on claims for misuse of private information and breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: GYH v Persons Unknown, Transgender Escort wins right to harassment damages – Media Lawyer

9 02 2018

In the case of GYH v Persons Unknown ([2018] EWHC 121 (QB)) a transgender woman who works as an escort has won the right to a damages payout – if she can trace her anonymous online abuser. The claimant, identified only as GYH, was granted an injunction in December to protect her privacy after being subjected to a “campaign of harassment”. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »