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 »





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 »





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 »





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

4 12 2018

In Part II we consider the legislative framework under English law which enshrined privacy and the recent development of the action for misuse of private information, which underpinned as privacy as a value. Read the rest of this entry »





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

28 11 2018

Many doctrines under English law form due to common law, also known as judge-made or case law, where a series of legal cases create and form doctrines or principles which underpin legal rights. Privacy emerged as a notion in common law in the 18th century, developing through cases, until in the 20th century it became part of the European Convention on Human Rights, which was integrated into English law by the Human Rights Act 1998. In Part I we explore the early common law cases which introduced the concept of privacy to English law. Read the rest of this entry »