Meghan Markle, Ben Stokes, Gareth Thomas: three reasons why UK press needs help to understand ‘public interest’ – Alexandros Antoniou

10 10 2019

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced their intention to launch legal action against the Mail on Sunday for publishing a private handwritten letter the Duchess had sent to her estranged father. Prince Harry said in a statement: “I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.” Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Lloyd v Google LLC, Landmark judgment in representative data protection action – Aidan Wills

9 10 2019

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in Lloyd v Google LLC [2019] EWCA Civ 1599, a decision with significant implications for data protection law and practice. Brought on behalf of an estimated 4.4 million iPhone users, this representative claim concerns Google’s gathering and exploitation of browser generated information (“BGI”) on Apple’s Safari browser. Read the rest of this entry »





Meghan Markle letter: what the law says about the press, privacy and the public’s right to know – Hayleigh Bosher

6 10 2019

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced plans to sue the publisher of the Mail on Sunday Associated Newspapers, after they published a private letter from Meghan to her father earlier this year. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: AAA v Rakoff, Lap dancers denied anonymity in privacy claim – Brett Wilson

6 10 2019

In AAA -v- Rakoff [2019] EWHC 2525 (QB) Mr Justice Nicklin set out the importance of claimants (and their lawyers) setting out a clear and consistent basis for seeking anonymity in civil proceedings. Read the rest of this entry »





So why is Prince Harry attacking the press again? – Brian Cathcart

2 10 2019

Why is Prince Harry attacking the press again? According to Sky News’s royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills, it would appear he’s lost his mind.  Read the rest of this entry »





Duchess of Sussex sues Mail on Sunday in privacy, copyright and data protection over leaked letter

2 10 2019

It has been announced that the Duchess of Sussex, Meaghan Markle, is suing the Mail on Sunday for misuse of private information, infringement of copyright and breach of the Data Protection Act 2018.  The claim arises out of the publication by the newspaper in February 2019 of extensive extracts from a private letter written by the Duchess to her estranged father. Read the rest of this entry »





Ben Stokes, The Sun and the notion of responsible journalism – Peter Coe

26 09 2019

On 17 September 2019, The Sun published a story about the England cricketer Ben Stokes and his family. This featured on the front page of its print edition and is available online under the headline ‘STOKES’ SECRET TRAGEDY Ashes hero Ben Stokes’ brother and sister were killed by his mum’s jealous ex, three years before England star’s birth.Read the rest of this entry »





Ben Stokes v The Sun: gross intrusion or simple reportage? How media privacy law works – Rebecca Moosavian

23 09 2019

When Ben Stokes celebrated his part in the England cricket team’s World Cup triumph, followed by his incredible match-winning innings during the Ashes, dubbed the “greatest ever”, he could not have anticipated that heightened interest in him would lead to the later unwelcome unearthing of an old family secret. Read the rest of this entry »





Ben Stokes, The Sun and Gareth Thomas: muckraking journalism with no regard for private lives

22 09 2019

The ‘silly season’ is supposed to be over and the most important constitutional case for many years is currently before the Supreme Court, but these matters did not stop The Sun from publishing on 17 September 2019 a grossly sensationalist and intrusive article about Ben Stokes, the England cricketer, and his family. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: The legal basis of $170m fine on Google for YouTube’s infringement of children’s privacy – Eoin O’Dell

19 09 2019

The media was recently full of stories that Google had been “Fined $170 Million for Violating Children’s Privacy on YouTube” (that’s a headline from the New York Times; see also, for example, NPR | BBC | RTÉ | Silicon Republic). In this post, I want to sketch the legal background to, and consequences of, this fine; and, at the end, I will say a few words about the equivalent position in Europe. Read the rest of this entry »