Substantial compliance just won’t do: Supreme Court on international data transfers under DPA Part 3

March 30th, 2020 by Christopher Parkin

Foreign fighters. Law enforcement cooperation with the US. The death penalty. A seven judge bench in the Supreme Court. Despite showing all the signs of a landmark public law decision, Elgizouli v Secretary of the State for the Home Department [2020] UKSC 10 was a bit of a fizzer on that front. In the end, the real meat was in the DPA 2018’s regulation of law enforcement processing and international data transfers. Read more »


When “maybe” isn’t good enough: orders for production of journalistic material

October 29th, 2019 by Christopher Parkin

The efforts of the Beeb in the Divisional Court have clarified the conditions to be satisfied before a Court can require journalistic material be produced in criminal cases.

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When to assess the public interest in a FOIA request? Four years ago says Upper Tribunal in Maurizi

October 23rd, 2019 by Christopher Parkin

Heading off the FOIA equivalent of a zombie apocalpyse, the Upper Tribunal has driven a stake through the heart of the contention (long presumed dead) that the public interest in a FOIA request is to be assessed at a time other than when the public authority first refused the request.

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