Case Law: Various Claimants v W M Morrison Supermarkets, Employer liable for data breach by employee seeking to damage it – Alex Cochrane

21 11 2018

On 22 October 2018, the Court of Appeal dismissed the supermarket chain’s appeal in the case of Various Claimants v WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC [2018] EWCA Civ 2339, where Morrisons had been held vicariously liable at first instance for a mass data breach caused by the criminal act of a rogue employee (see our blog about that decision here). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: NPV v QEL, High Court allows service of injunction by text message in blackmail case – Alex Cochrane

25 04 2018

The High Court has made an order in the anonymised case of NPV v QEL & ZED [2018] EWHC 703 (QB) allowing for service of an injunction by text message.  The case involves claims for misuse of private information and harassment in respect of an alleged blackmail attempt. Read the rest of this entry »





Social Media disputes: some cause for optimism? – Alex Cochrane

10 09 2015

Social MediaOne of the unsavoury consequences of the enormous increase in the use of social media in recent years has been the surge in online attacks on innocent people, whether it be in the form of libel, harassment or breach of privacy. Countless such attacks are committed on a daily basis, often by individuals hiding behind anonymity who, on the face of it, appear to be unidentifiable. Read the rest of this entry »





Intimate Images and Consent – Alex Cochrane

30 01 2015

revenge-porn-pink-methLast week, there were whispers on social media that The Sun newspaper had made an editorial decision to axe page 3. These rumours appeared to be confirmed as fact when The Times, a sibling newspaper of The Sun, reported the decision.  Read the rest of this entry »





The Perils of “Revenge Porn”, Part 2 – Alex Cochrane

22 07 2014

end-revenge-porn-031013In October 2013, I wrote about the recent emergence of revenge porn. This is the increasingly common problem faced by individuals, usually women, on the break-up of a relationship during which they had shared intimate photographs or videos of themselves with their former lover (consensually) and which are then published online (without their consent) in an act of revenge. Read the rest of this entry »