We have extensive experience and expertise in navigating the law governing data, information and privacy rights and the use and abuse of online platforms and social media.

We have been involved in a number of leading cases in this complicated and fast-evolving area and are used to providing clear advice on what is permitted and what is forbidden and robust representation in related disputes.

In relation to advisory work and compliance with statutory obligations, we have in-depth knowledge of the relevant statutory and non-statutory provisions and principles including in relation to:

  • Breach of confidence and misuse of private information
  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • Data Protection Act 2018 and UK GDPR
  • Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC
  • Data Protection Law Enforcement Directive (EU) 2016/680
  • Electronic Money Regulations 2011
  • Environmental Information Regulations 2004
  • Financial Services and Markets Act 2000
  • Freedom of Information Act 2000
  • General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679
  • Human Rights Act 1998 and article 8 of the ECHR
  • Investigatory Powers Act 2016
  • Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017
  • Online Safety Act 2023
  • Payment Services Regulations 2017
  • Protection from Harassment Act 1997
  • Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

Members also speak, publish and advise in the emerging area of crypto and blockchain assets and web3 regulation.

In relation to contentious work, we have been involved in numerous cases relating to:

  • Damages and injunctions following accidental and deliberate data and privacy breaches, online harassment, image-based abuse and voyeurism
  • Data subject access requests, claims and complaints
  • Rectification, blocking, deletion and the right to be forgotten
  • Online safety and online harms
  • Surveillance and use of online information including open sources and the dark web
  • Employee misuse of work equipment and accounts
  • Freedom of Information requests and appeals
  • Contempt of court and the internet

We act for:

  • Private individuals and organisations
  • Charities
  • NGOs and campaign groups
  • Crypto firms
  • Healthcare providers
  • Central and local government
  • The police
  • The security and intelligence services
  • Disciplinary, regulatory and oversight bodies

Notable cases include:

Data and privacy breaches and online harassment

Online safety and online harms

  • Re Molly Russell (deceased): Children and online safety on social media.
  • Re Frances Thomas (deceased): Children and online safety in schools.
  • Re Tallulah Wilson (deceased): Children and online safety on social media.
  • McIntrye v Information Commissioner [2014] UKFTT EA/2013/0093 (GRC): FOIA appeal relating to extremist content online and filtering software.

Surveillance and use of online information and communications

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Contempt of court and the internet

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