GDPR: The digital age of consent, one year on – Alex Cooney

24 05 2019

This Saturday, 25 May, will be the one year anniversary of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force. Alex Cooney, CEO of CyberSafeIreland, a non-profit working to empower children, parents and teachers to navigate the online world in a safe and responsible manner, discusses the impact of the regulation on children, particularly the GDPR’s requirement for a digital age of consent. Read the rest of this entry »





The not-so-secret life of ‘Generation Tagged’ – Marion Oswald, Helen James and Emma Nottingham

26 04 2016

CIR lower level pictureThe damage has already been done, said the Court of Appeal in the recent ‘celebrity threesome’ decision (PJS). Those who want to know probably already know, so the injunction preventing the identification of the individuals must be set aside. Read the rest of this entry »





Pictures, privacy and Facebook: Journalists should not assume children’s rights can be ignored – Isabella Piasecka

19 02 2016

isabelkNewspapers routinely lift material from Facebook and other social media, perhaps on the general assumption that photographs, for example, voluntarily uploaded, as opposed to snatched from behind a long lens, are fair game. But, to the extent that reflects the legal position, does it hold true for content accessed from children’s social media accounts? Should it? Read the rest of this entry »





How children feel when journalists exploit their social media profiles – Faith Gordon

20 01 2016

image-20151210-7467-11285bsToday’s children will feature in almost 1,000 online photographs by the time they reach the age of five. That’s according to recent research commissioned by the charity Nominet for its online safety campaign, Knowthenet. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Weller v Associated Newspapers, Privacy invaded by publication of unpixelated photographs of children – Mathilde Groppo

5 12 2015

Lord-DysonOn 20 November 2015, the Master of the Rolls, Tomlinson and Bean LJJ handed down judgment in Weller & Ors v Associated Newspapers Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 1176, upholding Dingemans J’s finding of liability for misuse of private information (and breach of the DPA, although this did not add anything as it was common ground that the claim for infringement of the DPA would either stand or fall with the claim for misuse of private information). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Aitken v DPP, Former Editor loses appeal over section 39 order breach – Mike Dodd

29 04 2015

aitkenbrianIn the case of Aitken v DPP ([2015] EWHC 1079 (Admin)) the Divisional Court dismissed a former editor’s appeal against a conviction for publishing a story which breached an anonymity order under section 39 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933.  Read the rest of this entry »





Banning Pictures of Children is Wrong – Angela Phillips

11 01 2015

Hannah WellerHannah Weller, wife of musician Paul Weller, is campaigning to make it illegal for the media to publish pictures that identify any child without their parents’ consent.  Of course this has had resounding public support because what right thinking person would oppose something labelled ‘child-protection’? Read the rest of this entry »





Photographs of Children: poll shows majority favour criminalising photographs published without parental consent

9 01 2015

ProtectAn opinion poll has shown strong public support for a campaign to protect children’s privacy by preventing the media from publishing photographs of children without parental consent.  A total of 67% of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that the publication of such photographs should be made a criminal offence. Read the rest of this entry »





Has the Weller case created an image right in relation to the facial expressions of children? – Louise Turner

18 04 2014

Louise TurnerThe singer Paul Weller, acting on behalf of three of his children, was successful in his privacy action against Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) in relation to seven unpixellated photographs of the children and their father out shopping on a public street and relaxing in a café in Los Angeles. The photographs, in particular, showed the faces of all three children. They were published on Mail Online on 21 October 2012.  Read the rest of this entry »





News: Paul Weller’s children win damages in Mail Online photographs privacy case

17 04 2014

DingemansIn a judgment handed down on 16 April 2014, Mr Justice Dingemans (pic) awarded Paul Weller’s three children a total of £10,000 damages for misuse of private information ([2014] EWHC 1163 (QB)).

The case arose out of seven paparazzi photos which were published by Mail Online in October 2012 under the headline “A family day out: Paul Weller takes wife Hannah and his twin sons out for a spot of shopping in the hot LA sun“. Read the rest of this entry »