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Various Claimants v WM Morrisons Supermarket Plc: QBD 1 Dec 2017

The defendant employer had had confidential information of many of its staff taken and disclosed by a rogue employee. The employees now sought compensation. The main issue was whether the company was directly or vicariously liable for the tort. Held: The company were not directly liable, but were liable vicariously: ‘Adopting the broad and evaluative … Continue reading Various Claimants v WM Morrisons Supermarket Plc: QBD 1 Dec 2017

Ezsias v The Welsh Ministers: QBD 23 Nov 2007

The Claimant claimed under Section 7(9) of the 1998 Act for failures to disclose data to him following several requests. He sought (i) a declaration that the National Assembly had failed to comply with their obligations under the 1998 Act, (ii) damages in respect of that non-compliance, and (iii) an order requiring them to comply. … Continue reading Ezsias v The Welsh Ministers: QBD 23 Nov 2007

ZXC v Bloomberg LP: QBD 17 Apr 2019

Claim for misuse of private information. The central issue is whether the Claimant can have a reasonable expectation of privacy in information that relates to a criminal investigation into his activities. Judges: Nicklin J Citations: [2019] EWHC 970 (QB) Links: Bailii Statutes: Data Protection Act 1998 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Citing: See Also – ZXC … Continue reading ZXC v Bloomberg LP: QBD 17 Apr 2019

Candy v Holyoake and Others: QBD 2 Mar 2017

Mr Candy claimed remedies for what he alleged were completed or threatened wrongs in the form of breach of confidence, misuse of private information, and breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 (‘DPA’) against five defendants, one of whom had filmed the claimant misbehaving whilst intoxicated, and threatened to publish it. Judges: Warby J Citations: … Continue reading Candy v Holyoake and Others: QBD 2 Mar 2017

Hicks and Others, Regina (on The Application of) v Commissioner of Police for The Metropolis: SC 15 Feb 2017

The claimants had wanted to make a peaceful anti-monarchist demonstration during the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. They complained that the actions of the respondent police infringed their human rights by preventing that demonstration. Held: The appeal failed.The fundamental principle underlying article 5 is the need to protect the individual from arbitrary … Continue reading Hicks and Others, Regina (on The Application of) v Commissioner of Police for The Metropolis: SC 15 Feb 2017

Devon and Cornwall Constabulary (Decision Notice): ICO 7 Nov 2007

ICO The complainant requested six pieces of information connected with the investigation of a serious allegation that was made against him. The public authority refused to provide this information citing Section 30(1) (Information obtained during an investigation), Section 38 (Health and Safety), Section 40(1) (Personal Data relating to the applicant) and Section 40(2) (Unfair Disclosure … Continue reading Devon and Cornwall Constabulary (Decision Notice): ICO 7 Nov 2007

Murray v Express Newspapers Plc and Another: ChD 7 Aug 2007

The claimant, now aged four and the son of a famous author, was photographed by use of a long lens, but in a public street. He now sought removal of the photograph from the defendant’s catalogue, and damages for breach of confidence. Held: The claim was struck out. In effect this was an application for … Continue reading Murray v Express Newspapers Plc and Another: ChD 7 Aug 2007

Ezsias v North Glamorgan NHS Trust: CA 7 Mar 2007

The employer had applied to strike out their employee’s claim for unfair dismissal, and also sought a deposit from the claimant. The claim had been re-instated by the EAT. Held: A claim should not be struck out where, as here, there were facts in dispute between the parties which might affect the decision. It was … Continue reading Ezsias v North Glamorgan NHS Trust: CA 7 Mar 2007

Johnson v The Medical Defence Union: CA 28 Mar 2007

The claimant asserted that the 1998 Act created rights between the parties that are in substance though not in form of a contractual nature; and rights to compensation for infringement of those primary rights of a nature that did not previously exist in English domestic law. He said that when the defendant had proceesed information … Continue reading Johnson v The Medical Defence Union: CA 28 Mar 2007

Vodafone Group Plc v Orange Personal Communications Services Ltd: ChD 1997

The court examined the development of the law in relation to comparative advertising. Jacob J said: ‘Prior to the coming into force of the Trade Marks Act 1994 comparative advertising using a registered trade mark of a competitor was, subject to minor exceptions involving the use of a company name, forbidden by section 4(1) of … Continue reading Vodafone Group Plc v Orange Personal Communications Services Ltd: ChD 1997

Central Bedfordshire Council (Decision Notice): ICO 17 Jan 2013

The complainant has requested a copy of the winning tender submission for a gas maintenance and service contract. Central Bedfordshire Council refused the request under the commercial interests exemption. The Commissioner’s decision is that the council wrongly interpreted the scope of the request and that it failed to demonstrate that the commercial interests exemption is … Continue reading Central Bedfordshire Council (Decision Notice): ICO 17 Jan 2013

H (A Healthcare Worker) v Associated Newspapers Limited: CA 27 Feb 2002

The applicant had been a health care worker, but was no longer working. He had come to be HIV positive, and an order was sought protecting his identity from disclosure in the press. He had evidence that the NHS guidelines on notification of patients of having been treated. He declined to provide details of his … Continue reading H (A Healthcare Worker) v Associated Newspapers Limited: CA 27 Feb 2002

Gaskin v The United Kingdom: ECHR 7 Jul 1989

The applicant complained of ill-treatment while he was in the care of a local authority and living with foster parents. He sought access to his case records held by the local authority but his request was denied. Held: The refusal to allow him access to his records involved a breach of his rights under Article … Continue reading Gaskin v The United Kingdom: ECHR 7 Jul 1989

Holyoake and Another v Candy and Others: ChD 21 Dec 2017

Judges: Nugee J Citations: [2017] EWHC 3397 (Ch) Links: Bailii, Judiciary Jurisdiction: England and Wales Citing: See Also – Holyoake and Another v Candy and Others ChD 27-Jul-2016 The claimants alleged several torts had been involved in a substantial fraud on them by means of a funding loan. . . See Also – Holyoake and … Continue reading Holyoake and Another v Candy and Others: ChD 21 Dec 2017

Candy v Holyoake and Others (No 2): QBD 22 Nov 2017

Citations: [2017] EWHC 2943 (QB) Links: Bailii Jurisdiction: England and Wales Citing: See Also – Holyoake and Another v Candy and Others ChD 27-Jul-2016 The claimants alleged several torts had been involved in a substantial fraud on them by means of a funding loan. . . See Also – Holyoake and Another v Candy and … Continue reading Candy v Holyoake and Others (No 2): QBD 22 Nov 2017

Holyoake and Another v Candy and Others: ChD 27 Feb 2017

Applications for further disclosure on the grounds of collateral waiver. Judges: Nugee J Citations: [2017] EWHC 387 (Ch) Links: Bailii Jurisdiction: England and Wales Citing: See Also – Holyoake and Another v Candy and Others ChD 27-Jul-2016 The claimants alleged several torts had been involved in a substantial fraud on them by means of a … Continue reading Holyoake and Another v Candy and Others: ChD 27 Feb 2017

Holyoake and Another v Candy and Others: ChD 27 Jul 2016

The claimants alleged several torts had been involved in a substantial fraud on them by means of a funding loan. Judges: Hodge QC HHJ Citations: [2016] EWHC 2119 (Ch) Links: Bailii Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: See Also – Holyoake and Another v Candy and Others ChD 29-Nov-2016 Application by the Defendants for security … Continue reading Holyoake and Another v Candy and Others: ChD 27 Jul 2016

Candy and Others v Holyoake and Another: CA 28 Feb 2017

Appeal against grant of ‘notification injunction’ Judges: Gloster VP CA, Jackson LJJ Citations: [2017] EWCA Civ 92 Links: Bailii Jurisdiction: England and Wales Citing: See Also – Holyoake and Another v Candy and Others ChD 27-Jul-2016 The claimants alleged several torts had been involved in a substantial fraud on them by means of a funding … Continue reading Candy and Others v Holyoake and Another: CA 28 Feb 2017

Holyoake v Candy and Another: QBD 24 Jan 2017

The claimant sought to have access to his personal information held by the defendant. The defendant relied upon the legal professional privilege exemption. Judges: Warby J Citations: [2017] EWHC 52 (QB) Links: Bailii Statutes: Data Protection Act 1998 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Citing: See Also – Holyoake and Another v Candy and Others ChD 27-Jul-2016 … Continue reading Holyoake v Candy and Another: QBD 24 Jan 2017

Director of Public Prosecutions v Bignall: Admn 16 May 1997

The defendant police officers had obtained information from the Police National Computer, but had used it for improper purposes. Held: The prosecution should have taken place under the 1990 Act as unauthorised access, and had not been used under the 1984 Act. Judges: Lord Justice Pill And Mr Justice Astill Citations: [1997] EWHC Admin 476, … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Bignall: Admn 16 May 1997

South Gloucestershire Council (Decision Notice): ICO 3 Jan 2007

The complainant requested all information held by the public authority in relation to surveillance it carried out on him. In particular, the complainant asked for copies of letters from a third party concerning the matter. The public authority cited several exemptions including section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The Commissioner is satisfied … Continue reading South Gloucestershire Council (Decision Notice): ICO 3 Jan 2007

West Mercia Police (Decision Notice): ICO 27 Oct 2009

ICO The complainant requested a report commissioned by the police as part of an investigation into a perjury allegation made by him. The public authority refused to either confirm or deny whether it held information falling within the scope of the request and cited the exemptions provided by sections 30(3) (information relating to investigations), 38(2) … Continue reading West Mercia Police (Decision Notice): ICO 27 Oct 2009

Dubai Aluminium Co Ltd v Al Alawi and Others: ComC 3 Dec 1998

The claimants had brought proceedings against their former sales manager for accepting bribes and secret commission from outsiders. In support of their claim the claimants had obtained a search and seizure order and a worldwide freezing injunction, apparently using their agents to impersonate the defendant in order to discover information about his Swiss bank accounts. … Continue reading Dubai Aluminium Co Ltd v Al Alawi and Others: ComC 3 Dec 1998

Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (Decision Notice): ICO 17 Sep 2007

The complainant requested details of a Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (‘VOSA’) examiner’s maintenance report and findings. VOSA refused this request under section 31 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the ‘Act’). During the course of the investigation, VOSA also submitted that the information was exempt under section 32 of the Act. Having considered … Continue reading Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (Decision Notice): ICO 17 Sep 2007

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Decision Notice): ICO 27 Sep 2007

The complainant requested a copy of an internal Audit Report into allegations of financial irregularities made against the former Director of Research Governance of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (the ‘Trust’), together with any background material regarding these allegations. This request was made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the ‘Act’). The Trust … Continue reading Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Decision Notice): ICO 27 Sep 2007

Wrexham County Borough Council (Decision Notice): ICO 30 Apr 2007

The complainant requested information from the public authority relating to the senior employees employed at the Authority. The complainant requested the names of those senior employees that had their principal private residence within the boundary of the council borough and the names of the senior officers that pay council tax in the borough. The public … Continue reading Wrexham County Borough Council (Decision Notice): ICO 30 Apr 2007

P v Wozencroft (Expert Evidence: Data Protection): FD 2002

The court discussed the discretion given under the section: ‘I remind myself, however, that under s 7(9) the claimant would have had to establish that the defendant had failed to comply with a request for disclosure in contravention of s 7(1), and, importantly, that, even in that event, the subsection confers upon the court a … Continue reading P v Wozencroft (Expert Evidence: Data Protection): FD 2002

Regina v Chief Constables of C and D, Ex Parte A: QBD 7 Nov 2000

The passing of sensitive personal information between one police force and another was not a decision subject to obligations which made it subject to judicial review. Information falling short of convictions could properly be passed, and information passed between police forces rather than between police forces and other authorities was subject to lesser controls. There … Continue reading Regina v Chief Constables of C and D, Ex Parte A: QBD 7 Nov 2000

Cooper v National Crime Agency (Unfair Dismissal): EAT 16 Jun 2017

UNFAIR DISMISSAL – Reasonableness of dismissal Unfair dismissal – reasonableness of dismissal – section 98(4) Employment Rights Act 1996 The Claimant was dismissed for a reason relating to his conduct arising from an incident outside work, which had led to his arrest and in respect of which he then faced criminal charges. In pursuing his … Continue reading Cooper v National Crime Agency (Unfair Dismissal): EAT 16 Jun 2017

Cabinet Office (Central Government) FS50650170: ICO 5 Apr 2017

The complainant requested information from the Cabinet Office in relation to a Subject Access Request (SAR) he had submitted under the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). The Cabinet Office refused the request under section 14(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) as it considered the request to be vexatious. … Continue reading Cabinet Office (Central Government) FS50650170: ICO 5 Apr 2017

NHS Commissioning Board (NHS England) (Health (NHS)) FS50640679: ICO 9 Mar 2017

ICO The complainant has requested information relating to a complaint he made. NHS England provided the complainant with some information which fell within the scope of the request which amounted to his own personal data. This was provided under the Data Protection Act 1998. It refused to disclose the requested information under FOIA as it … Continue reading NHS Commissioning Board (NHS England) (Health (NHS)) FS50640679: ICO 9 Mar 2017

Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust (Decision Notice): ICO 2 Jul 2007

The complainant and his wife initially requested copies of two incident reports which had been completed by staff members of Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust (the public authority) in 2001, in relation to alleged abusive and aggressive behaviour by the complainant and his wife. The public authority treated this request, and the subsequent request referred … Continue reading Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust (Decision Notice): ICO 2 Jul 2007

Horsham District Council (Local Government (District Council)): ICO 23 Oct 2017

The complainant has requested information relating to an acoustic sound test. Horsham District Council confirmed that information was withheld under regulation 12(5)(b) of the Environmental Information Regulations. The complainant disputed the application of this exception. The Commissioner’s decision is that regulation 12(5)(b) is not engaged. The Commissioner requires the Council to take the following steps … Continue reading Horsham District Council (Local Government (District Council)): ICO 23 Oct 2017

Horsham District Council (Local Government (District Council)): ICO 24 Jan 2017

The complainant has requested information from Horsham District Council about the proposed restoration of a quarry site. The Council disclosed some information and withheld the remainder under the exception provided by section 12(4)(e) of the Environmental Information Regulations. The complainant subsequently contested the Council’s application of this exception. The Commissioner’s decision is that part of … Continue reading Horsham District Council (Local Government (District Council)): ICO 24 Jan 2017

Central and Eastern Cheshire Primary Care Trust (Decision Notice): ICO 13 Jun 2007

The complainant requested a list of the delegates who had attended an event organised by the Eastern Cheshire NHS Primary Care Trust (the ‘PCT’) as part of a programme of public consultation called the Future Health Care Project, together with their contact details and their ‘status information’. The PCT provided a list of the job … Continue reading Central and Eastern Cheshire Primary Care Trust (Decision Notice): ICO 13 Jun 2007

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (Decision Notice): ICO 26 Jul 2007

The complainant supplied the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (the ‘DVLA’) with a list of vehicle registration numbers, together with details of the vehicles models and colours, and asked it to confirm whether Welwyn Hatfield District Council had made ‘non-fee paying’ enquiries in order to obtain the details of the registered vehicle keepers of those … Continue reading Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (Decision Notice): ICO 26 Jul 2007

British Waterways Marinas Ltd (Decision Notice): ICO 9 Jul 2007

The complainant requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the ‘Act’) a copy of an objection that had been made to him operating a sailing school from a marina owned and operated by the public authority. The public authority refused to disclose this information, stating that this was due to ‘commercial confidentiality’. At the … Continue reading British Waterways Marinas Ltd (Decision Notice): ICO 9 Jul 2007

Bains and Others v Moore and Others: QBD 15 Feb 2017

The claimant anti-asbestos campaigners complained that the defendant investigators had infringed their various rights of privacy. They now sought discovery to support the claim. Held: the contents of the witness statements do show that it is more than speculative that these Claimants could, if their recollection was prompted by seeing documents, formulate a claim with … Continue reading Bains and Others v Moore and Others: QBD 15 Feb 2017

Dr Vasserman and The Neaman Practice (Health (Doctors)): ICO 16 Aug 2016

ICO The complainant has requested information relating to his own medical history, together with the contact details of the bodies that supervise General Practitioners and any information held about operation ‘Foreigner’. The Practice dealt with the complainant’s right of access to information about his own medical treatment under the provisions of the Data Protection Act … Continue reading Dr Vasserman and The Neaman Practice (Health (Doctors)): ICO 16 Aug 2016

Calderdale College (Education (College)): ICO 27 Jul 2016

The complainant has made a number of requests for information relating to a dispute between a training service provider and Calderdale College (the College) which culminated in legal proceedings. The College has provided some information but refused to disclose the remainder. The Commissioner has found that a considerable part of the requested information is the … Continue reading Calderdale College (Education (College)): ICO 27 Jul 2016

Independent Police Complaints Commission v Warner and Others: QBD 17 Feb 2012

The applicant had mistakenly disclosed confidential personal information in answer to a data request. It sought an injunction restricting its redistribution after the recipient refused to return it and threatened to pass it on. The defendant said later that he had posted the material back to the IPCC. He failed however to comply with an … Continue reading Independent Police Complaints Commission v Warner and Others: QBD 17 Feb 2012

Cabinet Office (Central Government) FS50554507: ICO 22 Apr 2015

ICO The complainant has requested correspondence and other information connected with the drafting of legislation whereby the Duchy of Cornwall is not criminally liable under the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998. The Cabinet Office refused to provide this citing section 35 (government policy exemption) and section 42 (legal professional privilege exemption) as its … Continue reading Cabinet Office (Central Government) FS50554507: ICO 22 Apr 2015

Law Society and others v Kordowski: QBD 7 Dec 2011

Claim for injunctions requiring the Defendant, the publisher of the ‘Solicitors from Hell’ website (‘the Website’), to cease publication of the Website in its entirety and to restrain him from publishing any similar website. Tugendhat J [2011] EWHC 3185 (QB) Bailii Protection from Harassment Act 1997, Data Protection Act 1998 England and Wales Cited by: … Continue reading Law Society and others v Kordowski: QBD 7 Dec 2011

Mackenzie and Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: SIC 17 Jun 2015

SIC Correspondence Regarding A Complaint – On 10 December 2014, Mr Mackenzie asked the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (the SPSO) for correspondence sent to and received by the SPSO during its investigation of a complaint. The SPSO withheld the information under section 26(a) of FOISA, on the basis that its disclosure was prohibited by other … Continue reading Mackenzie and Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: SIC 17 Jun 2015

The Alzheimers Society (Enforcement Notices, Charitable and Voluntary) 2016-23: ICO 7 Jan 2016

Triforce Recruitment Ltd has been prosecuted at Westminster Magistrates’ Court for committing an offence of failing to notify under section 17 of the Data Protection Act 1998. The Company, who provide career opportunities for service leavers and ex-forces personnel, was found guilty in its absence for the offence of processing data without having an entry … Continue reading The Alzheimers Society (Enforcement Notices, Charitable and Voluntary) 2016-23: ICO 7 Jan 2016

Prestatyn Town Council (Local Government (Town Council)): ICO 17 Jun 2015

The complainant requested a copy of correspondence sent by a third party to Prestatyn Town Council (‘the Council’). The Council withheld the information requested under sections 40(1) and 40(2) of the FOIA. The Commissioner’s decision is that the Council has correctly applied section 40(1) to the request. The Commissioner does not require any steps to … Continue reading Prestatyn Town Council (Local Government (Town Council)): ICO 17 Jun 2015

Nasresfahani v The Secretary of State for The Home Department and Another (Information Rights : Data Protection): UTAA 14 Oct 2014

The Appellant appealed by letter under Section 28 of the Data Protection Act 1998 from the reliance by the Second Respondent on a certificate of the First Respondent that certain of the personal data requested by the Appellant was exempt for the purpose of safeguarding national security in accordance with the terms of that certificate. … Continue reading Nasresfahani v The Secretary of State for The Home Department and Another (Information Rights : Data Protection): UTAA 14 Oct 2014

Information Commissioner (Decision Notice): ICO 17 Jan 2011

The complainant requested information held by the ICO in relation to various trade union groups. The ICO confirmed that it held the relevant information but refused to provide it on the grounds that it was exempt from disclosure under section 44(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 by virtue of section 59(1) of the … Continue reading Information Commissioner (Decision Notice): ICO 17 Jan 2011

Cubells v Information Commissioner (The Tribunal Procedure (First-Tier Tribunal) (General Regulatory Chamber) Rules 2009): FTTGRC 17 Jul 2014

Application to have claim struck out by consent. [2014] UKFTT 2014 – 0066 (GRC) Bailii The Tribunal Procedure (First-Tier Tribunal) (General Regulatory Chamber) Rules 2009 Citing: See Also – Cubells, Regina (on The Application of) v Independent Police Complaints Commission CA 15-Oct-2012 The claimant’s mother had died in hospital. The claimant said that she had … Continue reading Cubells v Information Commissioner (The Tribunal Procedure (First-Tier Tribunal) (General Regulatory Chamber) Rules 2009): FTTGRC 17 Jul 2014

Her Majestys Courts Service (Decision Notice): ICO 17 Jan 2011

The complainant asked Her Majesty’s Courts Service to provide information relating to the job interview of a third party. The public authority refused to disclose this using the exemption under sections 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The Commissioner considers that section 40(2) by virtue of 40(3)(a)(i) was correctly applied in this case … Continue reading Her Majestys Courts Service (Decision Notice): ICO 17 Jan 2011

Gloucestershire County Council (Decision Notice): ICO 13 Mar 2007

Local government (County council) The complainant made a request for a copy of a petition which was submitted by a councillor in relation to his tenancy. In response to the request, the Council released some information under the Data Protection Act 1998. This was limited to the heading ‘Undesirable Tenant’ followed by the complainant’s address … Continue reading Gloucestershire County Council (Decision Notice): ICO 13 Mar 2007

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (Decision Notice): ICO 17 Apr 2007

The complainant, and his wife, requested information about a doctor who had previously worked for the public authority. Specifically he asked whether the doctor had been carrying out a six monthly rotation as part of her training for General Practice, whilst working in Huddersfield Royal Infirmary’s Haematology Department in 2003. The public authority refused to … Continue reading Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (Decision Notice): ICO 17 Apr 2007

Northumbria Police (Decision Notice): ICO 17 Mar 2008

Police and criminal justice The complainant sought reports made by officers of Northumbria Police concerning allegations he made against a District Judge. The complainant also requested copies of forensic reports and correspondence held by the police in relation to his complaint. The Commissioner has examined the requested information and had determined that it is the … Continue reading Northumbria Police (Decision Notice): ICO 17 Mar 2008

Lancashire Constabulary (Decision Notice) FS50174035: ICO 14 Sep 2009

ICO The complainant made a six-part request for information to Lancashire Constabulary. The Constabulary cited section 14 of the Act and refused to provide the requested information on the grounds that the request was vexatious. The Commissioner has decided that the Constabulary was incorrect to rely on section 14 of the Act at the time … Continue reading Lancashire Constabulary (Decision Notice) FS50174035: ICO 14 Sep 2009

Sandwell Homes Limited (Decision Notice): ICO 17 Nov 2011

ICO The complainant has requested information relating to an incident that occurred and the decision of Sandwell Homes Limited (Sandwell) not to take action against an individual. The Commissioner’s decision is that Sandwell has correctly relied on section 40(2) (third party personal data) of FOIA to withhold all information that does not constitute the complainant’s … Continue reading Sandwell Homes Limited (Decision Notice): ICO 17 Nov 2011

Network Rail (Decision Notice) FER0087031: ICO 26 Jul 2006

In March 2005 the complainant requested information from Network Rail under the Data Protection Act 1998 regarding flooding adjacent to a railway line. Network Rail refused the request under the Data Protection Act and did not treat it as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Environmental Information Regulations … Continue reading Network Rail (Decision Notice) FER0087031: ICO 26 Jul 2006

American Cyanamid Co v Ethicon Ltd: HL 5 Feb 1975

Interim Injunctions in Patents Cases The plaintiffs brought proceedings for infringement of their patent. The proceedings were defended. The plaintiffs obtained an interim injunction to prevent the defendants infringing their patent, but they now appealed its discharge by the Court of Appeal. Held: The questions which applied when looking for an interim injunction in patent … Continue reading American Cyanamid Co v Ethicon Ltd: HL 5 Feb 1975

L v L and Hughes Fowler Carruthers: QBD 1 Feb 2007

The parties were engaged in ancillary relief proceedings. The Husband complained that the wife had sought to use unlawfully obtained information, and in these proceedings sought delivery up of the material from the wife and her solicitors. He said that the information was subject to professional legal privilege and was otherwise confidential. They had admitted … Continue reading L v L and Hughes Fowler Carruthers: QBD 1 Feb 2007

Hounslow London Borough Council (Local Government (Borough Council)): ICO 7 Jul 2015

The complainant has requested information from the London Borough of Hounslow (‘the Council’) relating to a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN). The Commissioner’s decision is that the Council incorrectly handled requests 1 and 12 under the FOIA. These two requests should have been handled under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) as they seek the requesters … Continue reading Hounslow London Borough Council (Local Government (Borough Council)): ICO 7 Jul 2015

ZXC v Bloomberg Lp: QBD 23 Feb 2017

Investigation of claimant was properly disclosed The claimant requested the removal of material naming him from the defendant’s website. Criminal investigations into a company with which he was associated were begun, but then concluded. In the interim, the article was published. The hearing had been in private and the claimant anonymised. Held: The weight to … Continue reading ZXC v Bloomberg Lp: QBD 23 Feb 2017

Lampert v Information Commissioner and Financial Services Authority: FTTGRC 7 Jun 2011

For the reasons set out, the Public Authority was not obliged to comply with the Complainant’s request for information by reason of sections 14(1) and 14(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. No action is required by the Public Authority. [2011) UKFTT EA – 2010 – 0203 Bailii Freedom of Information Act 2000 1 … Continue reading Lampert v Information Commissioner and Financial Services Authority: FTTGRC 7 Jun 2011

Oracle America Inc v M-Tech Data Ltd: SC 27 Jun 2012

The appellant complained that the respondent had imported into the European Economic Area disk drives bearing its trade marks in breach of the appellant’s rights. The respondent had argued that the appellant had abused its position by withholding information which would allow it to trade lawfully. The Court was now asked: ‘whether a person who … Continue reading Oracle America Inc v M-Tech Data Ltd: SC 27 Jun 2012

Imerman v Tchenguiz and Others: QBD 27 Jul 2009

It was said that the defendant had taken private and confidential material from the claimant’s computer. The claimant sought summary judgement for the return of materials and destruction of copies. The defendant denied that summary judgement was appropriate where the confidential status was in doubt, and where he wished to assert a public interest defence. … Continue reading Imerman v Tchenguiz and Others: QBD 27 Jul 2009

Google Inc v Vidal-Hall and Others: CA 27 Mar 2015

Damages for breach of Data Protection The claimants sought damages alleging that Google had, without their consent, collected personal data about them, which was resold to advertisers. They used the Safari Internet browser on Apple products. The tracking and collation of the claimants’ browser generated information was contrary to the defendant’s publicly stated position that … Continue reading Google Inc v Vidal-Hall and Others: CA 27 Mar 2015

Edem v The Information Commissioner and Another: CA 7 Feb 2014

The claimant sought disclosure of the names of officials of the Financial Services Authority who had dealt with his complaint. He now appealed against reversal of an order that they be disclosed. Held: The appeal failed. The court approved the Information Commissioner’s Office Data Protection Techinical Guidance which said: ‘It is important to remember that … Continue reading Edem v The Information Commissioner and Another: CA 7 Feb 2014

Aerotel Ltd v Telco Holdings Ltd and others, In re Patent Application GB 0314464.9 in the name of Neal Macrossan Rev 1: CA 27 Oct 2006

In each case it was said that the requested patent concerned an invention consisting of a computer program, and was not therefore an invention and was unpatentable. In one case a patent had been revoked on being challenged, and in the other, the appeal was against refusal. Held: Jacob LJ said: ‘the court must approach … Continue reading Aerotel Ltd v Telco Holdings Ltd and others, In re Patent Application GB 0314464.9 in the name of Neal Macrossan Rev 1: CA 27 Oct 2006

YS v Minister voor Immigratie, Integratie en Asiel: ECJ 17 Jul 2014

ECJ Request for a preliminary ruling – Protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data – Directive 95/46/EC – Articles 2, 12 and 13 – Concept of ‘personal data’ – Scope of the right of access of a data subject – Data relating to the applicant for a residence permit and legal … Continue reading YS v Minister voor Immigratie, Integratie en Asiel: ECJ 17 Jul 2014

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Lin and Another v Commissioner of Police for The Metropolis: QBD 25 Aug 2015

The claimants were facing capital charges in Thailand. They sought the release of information held by the defendant to assist in their defence on charges of the murder of two British tourists. In particular a report had been prepared by the MPS about the investigation in Thailand after doubts about the investigation. The MPS aid … Continue reading Lin and Another v Commissioner of Police for The Metropolis: QBD 25 Aug 2015

Johnson v Medical Defence Union Ltd: ChD 20 Feb 2004

Judges: Laddie J Citations: [2004] EWHC 347 (Ch) Links: Bailii Statutes: Data Protection Act 1998 7 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: See Also – Johnson v Medical Defence Union Ltd ChD 9-Nov-2004 The claimant doctor had sought assistance from the defendant, and having been refused it had sought disclosure of its records about him. … Continue reading Johnson v Medical Defence Union Ltd: ChD 20 Feb 2004

Johnson v Medical Defence Union Ltd: ChD 9 Nov 2004

The claimant doctor had sought assistance from the defendant, and having been refused it had sought disclosure of its records about him. He had been refused access under the 1998 Act, and now sought access under the Civil Procedure Rules. Held: Though his claim still was for wrongful processing under the 1998 Act, that claim … Continue reading Johnson v Medical Defence Union Ltd: ChD 9 Nov 2004

Ranger v The House of Lords Appointments Commission: QBD 20 Jan 2015

The claimant, a succesful businessman and benefitor of charity, had twice applied unsuccessfully to be appointed to the House of Lords. He now sought disclosure of two letters submitted by third parties apparently opposing his appointment. He was content that they be anonymised. Held: The applications came under the exemption from disclosure in relation to … Continue reading Ranger v The House of Lords Appointments Commission: QBD 20 Jan 2015

Department of Health, Regina (on The Application of) v Information Commissioner: Admn 20 Apr 2011

The department appealed against an order requiring it to disclose statistical information about late abortions. The department argued that the numbers involved were such that the individual patients involved mighty be identified, and that therefore the information constituted personal data and was exempt under section 40 of the 2000 Act. The claimant had altered its … Continue reading Department of Health, Regina (on The Application of) v Information Commissioner: Admn 20 Apr 2011