Monthly Archives: November 2016

Is a police investigation a private matter?

A recent decision by Nicol J in ERY v Associated Newspapers Ltd [2016] EWHC 2760 (QB) has found that a suspect in a police investigation has a reasonable expectation of privacy which is likely to trump the press’s right to freedom of expression.

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Sex hookup site targeted in world’s second largest data breach

The dating and online pornography company Friend Finder Networks has been hacked, potentially exposing private details of more than 412 million accounts. The leaks emanated from AdultFriendFinder, whose website describes it as ‘The hottest Dating, Hookup and Sex Community’. Its sister sites,, and were also targeted.  At least 5.2 million UK email addresses and search history (including date of last visit, browser information, purchasing patterns, IP addresses) have potentially been exposed.  It is understood that the breach covers accounts going back 20 years, including deleted accounts.

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Iain Wilson discusses combating ‘sextortion’ on television and radio

Brett Wilson LLP partner Iain Wilson took part in TV and radio interviews for BBC Points West and BBC Wiltshire on 23 November 2016 to offer an expert’s view on the latest sextortion racket.

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Leveson 2 and Section 40 libel costs

The Leveson Inquiry examined the practices of the British press.  It was intended that Part 1 of the Inquiry would address ‘the culture, practices, and ethics of the press’ and Part 2 would address ‘the extent of unlawful or improper conduct within News International and other media organisations’.

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Norwich Pharmacal Order against police refused

In the case of The Right Honourable The Countess of Caledon v The Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis and another [2016] EWHC 2214 (QB), the Applicant, the Rt Hon the Countess of Caledon, failed to satisfy both stages of the test to obtain a Norwich Pharmacal Order (‘NPO’) against the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis (the ‘MPS’) for disclosure of information.

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