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Month: August 2015


ICO serves first 'right to be forgotten' enforcement notice on Google

The Information Commissioner’s Office (the ICO) has served an enforcement notice on Google Inc requiring it to delist nine specific search engine results within 35 days.  This is understood to be the first formal enforcement notice served by the UK regulator on the US online giant in relation to a ‘right to be forgotten’ request. The anonymous complainant originally requested that…

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FCA "identified" Respondent in Notices

In Financial Conduct Authority v Macris [2015] EWCA 490 the Court of Appeal heard an appeal by the Financial Conduct Authority [FCA] against a decision that notices served by it had identified the Respondent and accordingly he ought to have been served with it. The central issue was whether the Respondent was “identified” within the…

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Council obtain harassment injunction against ‘irrational’ and ‘obsessive’ resident

In Cheshire West and Chester Council and others -v- Pickthall [2015] EWHC 2141 (QB), a local authority (joined by two of its officers/employees and two of its members, all of whom acted in a representative capacity) sought interim injunctive relief to protect its officers, employees and members from harassment, contrary to the Protection from Harassment…

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A new era for privacy law: substantial damages likely to be commonplace

In Gulati & Ors and MGN Limited [2015] EWHC 1482 (Ch) Mr Justice Mann set out guidelines for assessing damages in privacy cases. As well as providing a helpful framework for determining damages, the judgment recognised that the level of damages awarded in earlier privacy cases have often been inadequate. The facts The claimants were…

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Libel no longer actionable without proof of damage, but damage can be inferred

In Lachaux v Independent Print ([2015] EWHC 2242 (QB) the High Court sought to clarify the meaning of section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013: the requirement for defamation claimants to show that a publication has caused serious harm to reputation or is likely to cause serious harm to reputation. It has been a matter…

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