R (Bridges) v Chief Constable of South Wales Police and Others [2019] EWHC 2341 (Admin): A summary (use of facial recognition technology (UK))

R (Bridges) v Chief Constable of South Wales Police and Others [2019] EWHC 2341 (Admin) To read the judgment click here. The High Court turned down an application for judicial review of the decision by South Wales Police to use automated facial recognition technology in a pilot project. The project involved the capture of digital […]

Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd and another [2019] UKSC 27: A Summary (the test of serious harm in UK defamation cases)

Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd and another [2019] UKSC 27 To read the judgment click here. The Supreme Court has clarified the approach to the serious harm test in section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013 (“the Act”). Section 1: (1) A statement is not defamatory unless its publication has caused or is likely to […]

NEWS: JULY 2019

Google is expected to pay a multi-million dollar fine to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for YouTube violating federal data privacy laws for children. The fine relates to a video-streaming service that inadequately protected children’s privacy and collected their data. To read the article click here. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published its 2018/2019 […]

ICO Annual Report 2018/2019: A summary

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published its 2018/2019 Annual Report on 8 July 2019. Here is a short summary: The number of enquiries the ICO received increased by 66% to just under half a million. The number of data protection complaints almost doubled compared with the previous year. Subject Access Requests made up the largest […]

Balancing human and machine perspectives: what is the ‘public interest’ in the AI era?

By Tom Orrell & Melissa Stock Privacy law has never been a straightforward affair in England. Its development has been piecemeal over the past two centuries.[1] In fact the laws that govern information today are spread across multiple frameworks, including: libel (protecting reputation), data protection (rights over the processing of personal data), breach of confidence […]