Compound liability following data breaches: Equifax two years on – Suneet Sharma

29 10 2019

In September 2017 Equifax suffered a data breach exposing the personal data of over 147 million people. Hackers utilised a website application vulnerability to access the personal data of customers. Read the rest of this entry »





Voice command data and privacy protection, Part II: Apple’s Siri – Suneet Sharma

13 09 2019

Apple recently released a statement on its development of automated assistant Siri’s privacy protections. The result is a move towards doing everything right in safeguarding consumer privacy. When compared to Amazon’s protections for its Alexa service market shifts and best practice become clear, making for better adherence to the seven data protection principles underpinning the GDPR. Read the rest of this entry »





Voice command data and privacy protection, Part 1: Amazon Echo’s Alexa – Suneet Sharma

12 09 2019

The increasing encroachment of audio-activated devices into our personal lives presents unique privacy challenges. Recent events have prompted the review of how audio-activated devices collect, store, transmit and use data, prompting concern and highlighting a number of long term lessons to be learned. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: R (Bridges) v Chief Constable of South Wales Police: The use of facial recognition software by the police is lawful –  Suneet Sharma

6 09 2019

On 4 September 2019 the Administrative Court (Haddon-Cave LJ and Swift J) handed down judgment in the case of R (Bridges) v Chief Constable of the South Wales Police [2019] EWHC 2341 (Admin).  The Court held that it was lawful for the police to use automated facial recognition software (“AFR”). Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Summer Round Up – 4 September 2019

4 09 2019

The Media and Communications List has become a Specialist List, with the significant implementation of Civil Procedure Rule 53 along with a new Practice Direction and Pre-Action Protocol. Read the rest of this entry »





Tackling hate speech: Intersecting approaches and the Raheem Stirling case – Suneet Sharma

24 08 2019

The case of footballer Raheem Stirling provides an avenue into the oft-overlooked issue of hate speech prevention and deterrence. The Stirling case provides an opportunity to consider the adequacy of English law in tackling hate speech, a nuanced and increasingly difficult to isolate issue. Read the rest of this entry »





The privacy implications of using facial recognition software – Suneet Sharma

21 08 2019

The use of facial recognition software (“FRS”) in security and monitoring was thrust into the spotlight by the London Mayor Sadiq Khan, taking issue with a London developer over its installation in a King’s Cross site. Read the rest of this entry »





Top 10 Defamation Cases of 2018: a selection – Suneet Sharma

4 01 2019

Inforrm reported on a large number of defamation cases from around the world in 2018.  Following the widely read post on 2017 cases, this is my selection of the most legally and factually interesting cases from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States and England from the past year.  Read the rest of this entry »





A brief introduction to the concept of privacy under English law, Part III – Suneet Sharma

28 12 2018

From the landmark case of Campbell and the development of breach of privacy as an action, it is clear that the integration of privacy as a concept in English law is still in its formative years. In Part III we consider some of the significant cases post-Campbell to date, bringing into relief key issues and developments in privacy law, many of which are ongoing or merit further consideration by the courts. Read the rest of this entry »





Imperfect solutions for access to justice -success fees are no longer recoverable in English defamation and privacy cases – Suneet Sharma

12 12 2018

On 29 November 2018, the Government published its response to the 2013 consultation on costs protection in defamation and privacy claims. In particular, the written statement by the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice summarizes the amendments to costs provisions, raising access to justice concerns. Read the rest of this entry »