Following a recent hearing, the Court of Appeal has given judgment in the case of Home Secretary v TLU [2018] EWCA Civ 2217.

The case arose out of damages claims for misuse of private information and breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 brought following a Home Office data breach in 2013 when a spreadsheet containing personal data relating to 1,600 lead applicants in the government’s “family returns process” was inadvertently posted online.

Dismissing a Home Office appeal, the Court held that the spreadsheet contained the private information and personal data not only of the applicants named in the spreadsheet, but also their family members.

Oliver Sanders QC and Michael Deacon of 1COR acted for the appellants on instructions from the Government Legal Department.

For more details, the judgment is on Bailii here and a previous news item about the first instance judgment is here.