Any reform to the law on Official Secrets must provide robust protection for public interest disclosures and open justice – Lorna Woods, Lawrence McNamara and Judith Townend

28 06 2017

With the election now in the past, the wheels of government are beginning to grind again. While most eyes are on Brussels, it is important that the bright lights of Brexit do not draw attention away from other work that is resuming and ongoing. Among it, the Law Commission will continue its project that considers the revision of the laws on Official Secrets, with its final proposals expected later this year. Read the rest of this entry »





“I tweet therefore I am … subject to data protection law”? – Brendan Van Alsenoy

14 07 2016

TwitterIn less than 30 years, individuals have transcended their role as passive “data subjects” to become actively involved in the creation, distribution and consumption of personal data. Unless an exemption or derogation applies, individuals are – at least in theory – subject to data protection law. Read the rest of this entry »





Call for Papers: Restricted and Redacted – Where now for human rights and digital information control?

31 05 2016

ILPC_at_the_Institute_of_Advanced_Legal_StudiesThe Information Law and Policy Centre at IALS is calling for papers for its annual research workshop on 9 November 2016 in London, this year supported by Bloomsbury’s Communications Law journal. The first workshop was held in 2015. 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 »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Zakharov v Russia, Grand Chamber re-affirms case law on state surveillance – Lorna Woods

16 12 2015

Lubyanka_BuildingOn 4 December 2015, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”) handed down judgment in the case of Roman Zakharov v Russia ([2015] ECHR 1065). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Note: Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner, The beginning of the end for safe harbour? – Lorna Woods

26 09 2015

schremsThe Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has delivered his non-binding legal opinion in Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner, a case brought by an Austrian citizen against the Irish Data Protection Commissioner concerning the transfer of Facebook data to US servers.  Professor Lorna Woods, University of Essex, reports and comments on the opinion – and its potential implications. Read the rest of this entry »





Event: Freedom of Information, Extending Transparency to the Private Sector

22 09 2015

Freedom of InformationOn 28 September 2015, the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and the Information Law and Policy Centre (ILPC) at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies are presenting a joint event entitled “Freedom of Information: Extending Transparency to the Private Sector“. Read the rest of this entry »