A Rolling Stone Gathers No Anonymity

May 15th, 2020 by Christopher Knight

We previously noted on this blog the useful discussion in D v Information Commissioner [2018] UKUT 441 (AAC) of the principles applicable to the anonymity of parties in information rights appeals. But who, no-one asked us, was D? Well, it turns out on appeal that the answer is: Moss v Information Commissioner [2020] EWCA Civ 580. Ta dah! Read more »


ZXC v Bloomberg: privacy expectations about criminal investigations

May 15th, 2020 by Robin Hopkins

The Court of Appeal has today given judgment in the long-running ZXC v Bloomberg litigation ([2020] EWCA Civ 611). The key points:

  1. In general, a person does have a reasonable expectation of privacy about the fact that/details of their being subject to a police investigation, up to the point of charge.
  2. Reporting about alleged conduct is different from reporting about a criminal investigation into that conduct.

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NewsFlash: International Transfers Decision Coming Soon(ish)

May 15th, 2020 by Christopher Knight

The CJEU has announced that judgment will be handed down in Case C-311/18, Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland & Schrems on 16 July 2020. The judgment directly concerns the legality of standard contractual clauses in the context of transfers of personal data to the USA, and is also likely to comment on the validity of the Privacy Shield adequacy decision (which came under heavy fire at the hearing) and the role of data protection supervisory authorities in relation to international transfers. The Advocate General’s Opinion was issued in December: (EU:C:2019:1145). 

Christopher Knight


FTT extends stay on information rights cases

April 27th, 2020 by Peter Lockley

The FTT has granted an application by the Information Commissioner for an extension dated of the existing stay on information rights cases. On 27 April 2020, the Chamber President directed that the general stay be extended from 29 April until 27 May 2020 on the same terms.


Health Records and the Deceased

April 23rd, 2020 by Christopher Knight

The Access to Health Records Act 1990 is an oft-overlooked member of the information rights family, but it can have a useful role to play. In the case of Re AB [2020] EWHC 691 (Fam) (Re AB) it was important because the applicant was the personal representative seeking the health records of a deceased sibling; precisely the sort of territory to which data protection law does not apply. Read more »


Coronavirus: A Regulatory Update

April 22nd, 2020 by Christopher Knight

There are not many areas of law entirely unaffected by the coronavirus (it comes to something when even wills and trusts starts to look important) but data protection has a place at the vanguard. As the situation continues to develop, there are more and more updates. Here are a collected few. Read more »