Data Protection and Information Law

Overview

Members of Old Square Chambers regularly provide advice in respect of the following areas:

  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • Freedom of Information Act 2000
  • Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
  • Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • Confidentiality and privacy at common law

 

Members’ expertise in employment and discrimination claims (both in the employment tribunals and in the High Court) mean that they are regularly asked to provide legal and tactical advice regarding the use of data protection and freedom of information legislation in the context of employment and discrimination litigation.

Recent highlights include:

  • Defending the Crown Prosecution Service in the long-running in the long-running County Court Dexter appeal litigation in which the CPS stood accused of DPA 1998 breaches for its provision of detailed information on named defendants to the DVLA for the purposes of alerting the DVLA to potential regulatory breaches.
  • Acting for the government regarding prisoner rights and data protection.
  • Appearing in the first, and only, case dealing with the interaction between the Gender Recognition Act 2004 and the Data Protection Act 1998.
  • Advising on the ability to enact retrospective legislation to exempt certain bodies from the ambit of the freedom of information legislation.
  • Advising organisations on how to prepare for the changes brought in by the General Data Protection Regulation

Members of Old Square Chambers regularly provide advice in respect of the following areas:

  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • Freedom of Information Act 2000
  • Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
  • Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • Confidentiality and privacy at common law

 

Members’ expertise in employment and discrimination claims (both in the employment tribunals and in the High Court) mean that they are regularly asked to provide legal and tactical advice regarding the use of data protection and freedom of information legislation in the context of employment and discrimination litigation.

Recent highlights include:

  • Defending the Crown Prosecution Service in the long-running in the long-running County Court Dexter appeal litigation in which the CPS stood accused of DPA 1998 breaches for its provision of detailed information on named defendants to the DVLA for the purposes of alerting the DVLA to potential regulatory breaches.
  • Acting for the government regarding prisoner rights and data protection.
  • Appearing in the first, and only, case dealing with the interaction between the Gender Recognition Act 2004 and the Data Protection Act 1998.
  • Advising on the ability to enact retrospective legislation to exempt certain bodies from the ambit of the freedom of information legislation.
  • Advising organisations on how to prepare for the changes brought in by the General Data Protection Regulation
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