The Metaphysics of Information Separation

August 10th, 2018 by Christopher Knight

For some people, August suggests that there is more to life than blogging about how to approach cases in which requested information is environmental and some is not. At Panopticon we regard such fly-by-night lightweight losers as simply wrong. We know you agree (or at least you will, when you get back from holiday and see this). Read more »


DPA Claims Against the Press: The Stunt Continues

August 6th, 2018 by Christopher Knight

Stunt v Associated Newspapers Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 1780 is a dispute between the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and Mail Online, and the eye-wateringly rich former son-in-law of Berne Ecclestone about coverage of the latter by the former. Simply googling the claimant’s name and seeing the Mail Online headines gives some idea of why he might find that coverage less than flattering. It is, in short, a dispute where most people would like both sides to lose. Read more »


Costs and Vexatiousness: Upper Tribunal Updates

August 3rd, 2018 by Christopher Knight

The procedural exemptions in sections 12 and 14 of FOIA are some of the most commonly used, and most commonly litigated, provisions of the legislation. Unsurprisingly, they have led to a disproportionate degree of appellate involvement. More surprisingly, they continue to do so. Three recent Upper Tribunal decisions add to that body of jurisprudence which ought to be considered by authorities faced with burdensome requests. This post is, as a result, quite burdensome itself.

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Identifiability and the Unmotivated Intruder

August 3rd, 2018 by Christopher Knight

It is not uncommon for public authorities who hold statistical data to decline to disclose specific figures in categories for which the number is fewer than five, on the basis of a fear that the number of affected people is sufficiently small that they are reasonably identifiable. In other words, they rely on section 40(2) FOIA to withhold the number. Read more »


Have You Found Jesus? The CJEU Has

August 3rd, 2018 by Christopher Knight

When opening the door to the Jehovah’s Witnesses it is probably uncommon for householders – even for the erudite and very pretty readers of this blog – to respond that although they have not found Jesus, they have found a copy of the register of data controllers, on which the Witnesses do not seem to appear. Read more »


Data Protection in the CJEU: Developments

August 2nd, 2018 by Christopher Knight

Three updates for data protection watchers about cases with a wide-ranging potential impact in the Luxembourg courts. Read more »