In the months that led up to the GDPR coming into force on 25 May 2018, as we readied ourselves to enter into a brave new world of enhanced regulation that sought to afford better protection of our personal data, we were all asked the same question over and over again: “Are you prepared for…
Mark Lewis, a solicitor who undertook pioneering work in bringing phone-hacking claims against the News of the World, is being prosecuted by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (‘SRA’) before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (‘SDT’) in respect of allegations that he posted ‘offensive and profane’ communications on social media. It is alleged by the SRA that on…
Brett Wilson LLP partner Iain Wilson is interviewed on Google’s challenge to the French data regulator’s right to be forgotten ruling. The interview took place on the Bloomberg Politics, Policy, Power and Law Show on Bloomberg Radio (New York) and can be accessed here.
British Airways (‘BA’) has reported that between 10.58pm on 21 August and 9.45pm on 5 September 2018, it was the victim of a ‘sophisticated, malicious’ cyber attack resulting in the theft of personal and financial data belonging to up to 380,000 customers who booked flights via the BA app and website during that time period….
In media litigation, it is not uncommon for a claimant to be anonymised (this is particularly the case in proceedings for breach of confidence and/or misuse of private information), but what is remarkable about the case of ABC v Google Inc.  EWHC 137 (QB) is that the claimant has managed to conceal his identity from…
Brett Wilson partner Max Campbell discusses the latest developments under the ‘the right to be forgotten’ principle as part of Lexis Nexis’s Lex Chat podcast series. The podcast (episode 7) can be listened to here.
Air Canada has reported that their app has been subject to a data breach resulting in the theft of data from around 20,000 accounts. It states that it detected unusual activity between 22 and 24 August 2018 and as a precaution locked all 1.7 million accounts held with the company. The source of the breach…
News Group Newspapers Ltd (‘NGN’), the publishers of The Sun newspaper, have paid a five-figure sum in damages to the estate of a victim of revenge porn. Susanne Hinte had 15 minutes of fame in 2016 following Camelot’s rejection of her £33m jackpot claim on the basis that she submitted a heavily damaged ticket, which…
The Information Commissioner’s Office (the ICO) has fined the Independent Inquiry into Childhood Sexual Abuse (IICSA) £200,000 following a data leak on 27 February 2018. The leak occurred when a member of staff sent a ’round-robin’ email, but mistakenly used the ‘to’ field instead of the ‘bcc’ field, inadvertently disclosing the email addresses of 90 individuals…
The information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published two reports detailing its investigation into the use of data analytics in political campaigns. The first report includes proposals to fine Facebook £500,000—the maximum allowed—for two alleged breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA 1998), while the other includes a recommendation for the government to introduce a statutory Code of Practice…