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 […]


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 […]


British Airways was hit by a substantial data breach early this month, after apparently compromising over 380,000 customers account and card details. For BA’s statement following the breach, click here. The ICO has fined Equifax £500,000 for its data breach in 2017 that affected 15 million individuals in the U.K. For the ICO press release […]