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.
If one recent survey is to be believed, nearly a quarter of Britons use dating apps. A dating app is a smart phone application which typically allows the user to search or “swipe” through other singles – often presented like a never-ending deck of cards. If the user swipes right, this indicates that they ‘like’ the person. When the same person swipes right, this generates a “match” and each individual has the facility to instant message one another, thus enabling – in theory – a romance to blossom. The best known app of this type is Tinder, but it is a model that has been used or varied by several different platforms.
Snapchat is a multimedia messaging mobile application (app) that allows users to send videos and photos to their contacts. The recipient can normally only view an image/video for a limited period of time (perhaps just a few seconds). This encourages some users to send risqué (sometimes explicit) images/videos to one another. This feature is far from foolproof. A receiving party may take a screenshot of the image or a photo and/or video of the screen with a separate digital camera/phone.
The University of East Anglia (UEA) has admitted accidentally sending an email containing students’ highly sensitive personal information to 298 American Studies undergraduates. The email in question attached a spreadsheet which contained “extenuating circumstances” justifying extensions for work and other academic concessions. These are understood to include details of illnesses, bereavements and other personal matters.
Following a high-profile, televised police raid on his Berkshire home in 2014, Sir Cliff Richard issued claims against the BBC and South Yorkshire Police for the misuse of his private information, infringement of his Article 8 ECHR right to a private life, and breach of the Data Protection Act 1998. In a recent hearing before Mr Justice Mann, Sir Cliff’s legal team stated that they had reached a settlement agreement with South Yorkshire Police and had agreed to stay proceedings against the BBC for one month in an attempt to reach a settlement.
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 General Medical Council (GMC) has issued updated guidelines (to come into force on 25 April 2017) providing a stricter and definitive means of determining whether or not to disclose confidential medical information. The Guidance, which can be found here, contains eight principles of good practice in handling patient information and includes a requirement to ask for explicit consent to disclose indentifiable information about a patient and to only disclosure information that is relevant to the request made.
A recent decision by Nicol J in ERY v Associated Newspapers Ltd  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.