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Data Protection and Privacy

Saunders Law regularly acts for businesses, organisations and individuals in cases involving breaches of data protection and privacy laws, including the GDPR, Data Protection Act, and Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the “right to respect for private life”.) 

Drawing on our expertise in civil liberties, public law and civil litigation, we act against public authorities such as the police and prisons, and private institutions including media companies and broadcasters.  We act in “pre-publication” injunction proceedings as well as in claims for damages.

The GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 have brought significant changes to the legal landscape, making this a fast developing area of law.  The new laws widen the scope for damages claims to be brought as well as for new remedies for individuals, such as the right to deletion or rectification of inaccurate data.  Privacy and data breaches can have serious and long-lasting implications for individuals and so expert legal advice is essential.

Our experience in this area is wide-ranging and includes:

  • Anthony Crook v Chief Constable of Essex Police [2015] EWHC 988 (QB) – represented Mr Crook in his landmark victory in the High Court for breach of Article 8 of the Human Rights Act, breach of the Data Protection Act and breach of confidence following publication of his personal details in newspapers as “most wanted” for an alleged rape, securing him damages of £70,000.
  • B v Channel 4 – represented an individual in successful injunctive proceedings to prevent the publication of personal information on the programme “24 hours in police custody”
  • R v Bedfordshire police and Channel 4 – advising an individual on a civil claim for damages arising out of the publication of personal information on the programme “24 hours in police custody”
  • R(Hope) v Metropolitan police – represented an individual in his successful application for Judicial Review against the police regarding the deletion of his DNA and other information from the Police National Database

Depending on your financial circumstances and the circumstances of the case, legal aid is sometimes available.  Where it is not, we will consider the best funding arrangement for you.

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