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16.10.18

Consumer website says “no thanks” to the GDPR and the EU

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…

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5.06.18

Claimants entitled to issue privacy proceedings in the Chancery Division

In the recent case of Mezvinsky & Anor v Associated Newspapers Ltd [2018] EWHC 1261 (CH) Chief Master Marsh had to decide whether there was a more appropriate division of the High Court in which a privacy claim should be brought. The defendant had published a series of articles on the Mail Online website which…

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16.03.18

Forthcoming ‘right to be forgotten’ cases and the interplay with the GDPR

With a number of high-profile claims against Google in the offing, practitioners and individuals alike are hopeful for guidance on the interplay between the application of the ‘right to be forgotten’ principle and the forthcoming introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Iain Wilson, managing partner of Brett Wilson LLP, considers the issues at…

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2.11.17

Hackers steal cache of photographs from prestigious London cosmetic surgery

A London cosmetic surgery clinic’s website is the latest victim of a cyber-attack after hackers have threatened to release customer data after breaching its IT systems on 24 October 2017. London Bridge Plastic Surgery (LBPS) is located in Marylebone, London and has many high-profile clients.  Hackers calling themselves, “The Dark Overlord” have threatened to release…

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Publish and be damned: the old adage applies equally to internet users

Websites and social media accounts have been, for some time now, the preferred platforms for those with an axe to grind to attack their opponents.  Disgruntled customers, ex-employees and jilted lovers number amongst those who believe the world wide web provides the best opportunity to criticise those who have dared to cross their path. While…

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22.08.17

Bloomberg Interview: Max Campbell discusses coming changes to data protection law

Brett Wilson LLP solicitor Max Campbell has been interviewed by Bloomberg on the ramifications of the General Data Protection Regulation and domestic legislation due to come into force over the next year.  The legislation codifies the ‘right to be forgotten’ principle and introduces a ‘right to erasure’. The article can be found here.  

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3.04.17

Data-gathering sex toy manufacturer pays out $4 million in class action settlement

Standard Innovation Corporation, a Canadian company which manufactures an internet-enabled sex toy under the We-Vibe brand, has reached a settlement in a class action in which it was alleged that it collected and stored intimate data without the consent of the customer. The We-Vibe sex toys are designed to be used with the We-Connect smartphone app…

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8.03.17

Breach of privacy: The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse discloses victims' identities in email error

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (‘IICSA’) has referred itself to the Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’) after accidentally disclosing the identities of 90 victims of sexual abuse who had signed up via its website. The website allowed victims to submit information to IICSA on a confidential basis. Unfortunately, the IICSA sent each victim a ’round robin’ email which…

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5.03.17

£17,000 damages awarded by Scottish court in neighbour CCTV dispute

An Edinburgh couple have been awarded £8,634 each by a Scottish court as a result of round-the-clock extremely intrusive CCTV surveillance that had been carried out by a neighbour over a number of years. Factual background Mr and Mrs Wooley are a married couple who have lived with their adult son in the upper flat…

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1.02.17

Libel/Defamation: Moroccan Prince wins libel and data protection appeal against Arabic news publisher

Prince Moulay Hicham Ben Abdallah Al Alouai of Morocco (‘the Prince’) has won an appeal against Elaph Publishing Limited (‘Elaph’) that now allows him to advance a claim under the Data Protection Act 1998 (‘DPA’) and also overturned a previous ruling that the words published were not capable of being defamatory. Factual background The Prince’s…

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