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Love Island and the perils of online trolling

Love Island has come to an end and it certainly divided opinion.  For some, the ITV2 reality dating show set in a luxurious villa in Mallorca was one of the highlights of this glorious summer and a welcome alternative to what seemed like endless hours of World Cup football.  For many others, it was the…

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Data Breach : Compensation claims for mass data breaches

In January 2014, Andrew Skelton, an apparently disgruntled employee of Morrisons Supermarket posted a file containing the personal data (including salaries, bank details, and National Insurance numbers) of 99,998 Morrisons’ employees on a file-sharing website.  It seems his intention was to cause mass-scale damage to the supermarket.  In March 2014, a CD containing the data…

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Fan ordered to pay football club's solicitor £18,000 for online libel

In Woodward v Grice [2017] EWHC 1292 (QB) the High Court considered the appropriate level of damages to award against a fan of the club for libellous statements made on an online forum. Facts Graham Woodward was employed as an in-house lawyer for Blackpool FC. He brought a claim against fan Andrew Grice for posting the following…

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Revenge porn on Facebook

Last month, The Guardian disclosed that Facebook had to assess nearly 54,000 potential cases of revenge porn and “sextortion” on the site in a single month. Facebook defines revenge porn as attempts to use intimate imagery to shame, humiliate or gain revenge against an individual.  The significant number of cases reported to Facebook is no…

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Court orders Katie Hopkins to pay £24,000 in damages in Twitter libel case

The food blogger, journalist and left-wing political activist Jack Monroe has been awarded £24,000 in damages by the High Court following two tweets sent by the MailOnline (and former Sun) columnist Katie Hopkins in May 2015. Factual background On 9 May 2015, two days after the General Election, the words “Fuck Tory Scum” were spray painted on…

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Muslim family receive £150,000 compensation following Katie Hopkins extremist slur in the Daily Mail

In December 2015 the Daily Mail published an article written by the controversial columnist Katie Hopkins entitled “Just because Britain’s border security is a Mickey Mouse operation you can’t blame America for not letting this lot travel to Disneyland – I wouldn’t either.” The story related to a decision by the US authorities (for reasons which…

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Libel/Defamation: Libel damages reduced to £10 because of claimant's disgraceful conduct

In Flymenow Ltd v Quick Air Jet Charter GmbH [2016] EWHC 3197 (QB) an aircraft charter company has been awarded nominal damages of £10 in a libel action after it was found that it had acted “disgracefully” before and during the litigation. The Defendant Quick Air Jet Charter GmbH, a German provider of private jets, entered…

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Asylum seekers awarded privacy damages following data leak

In the case of TLT and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department, the Home Secretary was ordered to pay a total of £39,500 to six asylum seekers whose confidential information was accidentally published on the Home Office website.  The information remained on the website for two weeks before being taken down.  Mr…

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Police pay out £75,000 in privacy damages after using 999 call for training

Greater Manchester Police have agreed to pay a victim of domestic violence £75,000 in compensation after using a recording of her distressed 999 call together with other information that identified her and her medical history in training exercises.  The claimant had consented to the 999 tape being used for training purposes, but only on an anonymous basis. The claimant brought a…

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Appeal in Google v Vidal-Hall withdrawn

Google has withdrawn its appeal to the Supreme Court in  Vidal-Hall v Google Inc [2015] EWCA Civ 311.  Therefore the landmark Court of Appeal decision, discussed here on this blog, that damages can be awarded under the Data Protection Act 1998 for distress and anxiety, even if no financial loss suffered, will stand as good law. Google had been seeking…

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