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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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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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16.05.18

Suspect Anonymity: is it actually feasible?

Former popstar and baby-boomer heart-throb Cliff Richard is suing the BBC for breach of privacy regarding its report that he had been accused of a sexual offence, and also its coverage in 2014 of the subsequent police raid on his home. The BBC coverage included use of a helicopter, and broadcasting the police search through…

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4.05.18

“Can’t pay? We’ll take it away” – Part 36 Offers, apologies, costs and a schoolboy error

In the recent case of Ali & Anor v Channel 5 Broadcast Ltd [2018] EWHC 840 (Ch), the Claimants successfully recovered £10,000 each in privacy damages following the broadcast of the television programme “Can’t pay? We’ll take it away”.  The broadcast contained footage of the Claimants (a married couple) being evicted from their home, it…

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31.03.18

Alex Cochrane joins Brett Wilson LLP

Brett Wilson LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of Alex Cochrane in the firm’s media law department. Alex joins Brett Wilson from Collyer Bristow and is a highly-regarded senior solicitor specialising in reputation management, privacy law, social media and commercial disputes. Alex has been involved in a number of leading defamation/privacy cases including Cairns…

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23.03.18

The misreporting of Max Mosley's DPA claim against the press

It was reported last month in various newspapers that Max Mosley, the Former Formula One boss, has threatened to issue legal proceedings against The Daily Mail, The Times, The Sun and The Daily Mirror in respect of articles that he claims breach the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA”).  He also apparently seeks the destruction of…

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19.03.18

Max Campbell becomes a partner of Brett Wilson LLP

Brett Wilson LLP is delighted to announce that Max Campbell is now a partner of the firm. Max joined Brett Wilson in 2011 and has played a significant role in the development of the firm’s media and reputation management team.  Max is a well-established practitioner in the fields of defamation, privacy, harassment and data protection,…

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13.12.17

Celebrity blackmail victim obtains injunction restraining publication of allegation of serious criminality

In LJY v Persons Unknown [2017] EWHC 3230 (QB), Mr Justice Warby granted an interim injunction restraining unknown defendants from publishing serious allegations of criminality against a celebrity, anonymised in the proceedings as ‘LJY’. LJY is said to be well-known to the public due to his work in the entertainment industry. On 5 December 2017,…

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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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31.10.17

#MeToo, naming and shaming: a risky business?

“#MeToo”: Five letters that have been tweeted millions of times in the past month, and demonstrate the enormous power of social media and how it can bring about change for the good.  The feeling of solidarity is a cathartic experience for many who have been the victim of sexual abuse, harassment or other forms of…

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