Monthly Archives: May 2014

Judge refuses to rule that damage to reputation cannot be subject of a privacy claim

In Hannon and another v News Group Newspapers and Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Ch/2014/1580.html), News Group Newspapers (‘NGN’) sought to strike out two privacy Claims, primarily on the basis that they should have been brought in defamation. 

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‘Landmark’ ECJ Google ruling on Data Protection Directive

On 13 May 2014, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in the case of Google Spain SL, Google Inc. v Agencia Espanola de Proteccion de Datos (AEPD) and Mario Costeja Gonzalez (Case C-131/12).   Mr Gonzalez had brought a claim against Google after search engine results continued to display an auction notice that had been published by a newspaper on its website in 1998.  The notice was in respect of the auction of his property after Mr Gonzalez had allegedly failed to pay social security debts.  The property was in fact never auctioned because the debts had been settled by Mr Gonzalez.  Yet search engine results continued to retrieve the notice over 10 years later and Mr Gonzalez brought an action against Google in the Spanish courts to remove the publication.  While the AEPD agreed that the results should be suppressed, the Audiencia Nacional (Spanish High Court) referred questions on the meaning of the Data Protection Directive (DPD) to the ECJ.

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Val Myers v Sandra Ong and Val Myers v Jennifer Ryce – Defendants apologise for making false complaints against award-winning line dancing instructor

Val Myers has accepted apologies from Sandra Ong and Jennifer Ryce in relation to false and defamatory complaints they made to the Best Western Dance Academy (BWDA) which led to his suspension from the organisation.

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