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Farrer & Co | Data protection in media litigation

This article appeared in Communications Law, Vol 21, No. 2, 2016, reproduced here with the kind permission of the editor.

With the final text agreed and not even Brexit likely to stop it taking effect in May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation is looming large on the agenda for all practitioners. This is particularly so in the field of media litigation, with recent case law establishing that not only can data protection be brought alongside defamation claims, as it already has been in alongside privacy claims, but it can be used to claim damages for distress.

In this article we discuss the increasing prevalence of data protection claims in media complaints and litigation and how it fits around the more traditional routes in defamation and misuse of private information.

You can read the article in full here.

If you require further information on anything covered in this briefing please contact Jennifer Agate (jennifer.agate@farrer.co.uk; 020 3375 7194), Owen O'Rorke (owen.ororke@farrer.co.uk; 020 3375 7348) or your usual contact at the firm on 020 3375 7000. Further information can also be found on our Reputation Management and Data Protection pages.

This publication is a general summary of the law. It should not replace legal advice tailored to your specific circumstances.

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