We have extensive experience and expertise in navigating the law governing information rights, data protection and the use and abuse of cyberspace.

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 Directive 95/46/EC
  • Environmental Information Regulations 2004
  • Freedom of Information Act 2000
  • General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679
  • Human Rights Act 1998 and article 8 of the ECHR
  • Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
  • Investigatory Powers Act 2016
  • Protection from Harassment Act 1997

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

  • Freedom of Information requests and appeals to the First-Tier and Upper Tribunals and the Court of Appeal
  • Subject access requests, claims and complaints by data subjects
  • Rectification, blocking, deletion and the right to be forgotten
  • Damages and injunctions following online data breaches and online harassment
  • Internet surveillance
  • The misuse of social media
  • Cyber risks and the availability of harmful material online
  • Employee misuse of work equipment and accounts

We act for:

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

Notable cases include:

Personal data: misuse of private information, data protection & article 8

State surveillance of online activities & communications

Contempt of court, the internet & social media

Misuse of cyberspace & harmful material online

  • ABC v WH [2015] EWHC 2687 (QB): (Tort claim arising out of indecent text messages.)
  • Re Tallulah Wilson (deceased): (Inquest raising issues about self-harm and the internet.)
  • McIntrye v Information Commissioner [2014] UKFTT EA/2013/0093 (GRC): (FOIA appeal relating to extremist content online and filtering software.)

Freedom of Information Act 2000

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