Citation: INFORRM: Markle v Associated Newspapers, an interesting preemptive analysis

INFORRM has an excellent two part post on Meghan Markle’s action for misuse of private information against the Associated Newspapers.

Seminal media law commentator Paul Wragg considers the defence advanced by Associated Newspapers and analyses the merits of its arguments in detail. Part I and Part II cover in-depth the elements of the defence, it’s fairly weak proponents and the general lack of supporting precedent.

The claim has three limbs in objecting in the papes use of excerpts of a pricate letter sent by Ms Markle to her father- misuse of private information, copyright infringement and data protection breaches.

The analysis right strikes the heart of the matter- the defence lacks merit and the arguments in Ms Markle’s favour are persuasive. The legitimate expectation of privacy she accrued in relation to the letter is a weighty consideration, one which Associated Newspapers looks to be struggling to fundamentally address given the couching of its defence.

This is to be expected- the arguments fall heavily in Markle’s favour and have basis in fundamental concepts of privacy enshrined in Article 8. It could be even called a textbook case of misuse of private information.

 

Citation: Wired: The privacy of crypto-currency

Wired has published an insightful article on virtual currencies.

The article considers the privacy implications of crypto-currency transactions. It highlights the issues surrounding logging each transaction in a publically available manner and concerns around behavioural modelling.

The article considers the providers Monero and Zcash in particular.

Google and healthcare provider Ascension collaboration raises privacy concerns

blue and silver stetoscopeGoogle Cloud has been providing Ascension, the second biggest healthcare provider in the US, with cloud infrastructure services since July 2019. Providing software services to healthcare providers to facilitate the secure management of patient data is not uncommon for Google. The services Ascension are taking are similarly commonplace- the migration of data to Google Cloud, utilizing suite productivity tools and providing technological tools to Ascension’s doctors for use. What perhaps is the defining factor is the scale, with this being the largest project of its kind to date – managing data of over 50 million Americans. This was dubbed “Project Nightingale”.

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Data protection rights

Personal data, such as your name, likeness, birthday or any other information which can be used to identify you is highly sensitive.

Protecting and bringing actions on the basis of your personal data being harvested, used or misused is a key foundational right to privacy. Continue reading

Cricketer Ben Stokes to bring misuse of private information claim against the Sun

Law firm Brabners LLP has just issued a claim in the Chancery Division of the High Court against the Sun on behalf of client Ben Stokes. The claim is for misuse of private information in relation to an article run by the outlet which examined elements of the cricketers family life. Continue reading