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23.09.18

Barrister fined by ICO as unencrypted client data is uploaded on to the internet

A senior barrister has been fined £1,000.00 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’) after unencrypted client data was accidentally uploaded to the internet by her husband. A total of 725 documents, containing information belonging to up to 250 people, were temporarily uploaded to an internet directory when the barrister’s husband was updating software on the…

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8.09.18

Anonymous litigant-in-person ordered to reveal his identity

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. [2018] EWHC 137 (QB) is that the claimant has managed to conceal his identity from…

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3.09.18

Air Canada data Leak could result in hefty fine and lead to claims

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…

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28.07.18

The Sun pays damages to estate of revenge porn victim

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…

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18.07.18

Independent Inquiry into Childhood Sexual Abuse fined £200,000 for email data leak

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…

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29.06.18

An expectation of privacy in a spent conviction? XKF provides some practical guidance

In the case of XKF v BBC [2018] EWHC 1560 (QB), Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing granted a privacy injunction to a former police officer, anonymised in these proceedings as XKF, to prevent the BBC from broadcasting film footage of him recorded at or near his home on 13 March 2018. Facts In July 2003, XKF…

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18.06.18

Court orders Facebook to disclose information behind deletion of deceased person’s Facebook account

In Sabados v Facebook Ireland Ltd (2018; unreported) His Honour Judge Parkes QC (sitting as a Judge of the High Court) ordered Facebook Ireland to disclose information pertaining to a request which it had received (and acted upon) to delete the account of a deceased person. Facebook Ireland Limited was, until recently, responsible for all…

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16.06.18

Unnamed family members entitled to damages for Home Office immigration data leak

In The Secretary of State for the Home Department & Anor v TLU & Anor [2018] EWCA Civ 2217 the Court of Appeal, was asked to review one aspect of Mr Justice Mitting’s decision in TLT & Ors v The Secretary of State for the Home Department & Anor [2016] EWHC 2217 (QB). The first instance…

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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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19.04.18

High Court allows service of injunction by text message in blackmail case

The High Court has made an order in the anonymised case of NPV v QEL & ZED [2018] EWHC 703 (QB) allowing for service of an injunction by text message.  The case involves claims for misuse of private information and harassment in respect of an alleged blackmail attempt. The Claimant (“NPV”), a married man and…

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