Information Commissioner v Colenso-Dunne

Freedom of information Exempt information. The Office of the Information Commissioner (ICO) had, during the course of a raid, collected a list of names of journalists who had obtained information through an investigator. The respondent had sought disclosure of those names under a Freedom of Information request. The ICO refused the request, and that was upheld by the Information Commissioner. The First-tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber) determined that some of the names should be disclosed. The Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) upheld the FTT's decision, as there had been no error of law in its decision that the information in issue was not 'sensitive personal data' within the meaning of the and that its disclosure was for a legitimate purpose, rather than an unwarranted intrusion into the journalists' privacy rights.

Dawson-Damer and others v Taylor Wessing LLP

Privilege Legal professional privilege. The claimants applied for declarations that the first defendant law firm had failed to comply with their subject access requests and orders, under of the Data Protection Act 1998, requiring it to do so. The Chancery Division, in dismissing the application, held that the legal professional privilege exclusion included documents in respect of which disclosure could be resisted in Bahamian proceedings and it had not been reasonable or proportionate for the first defendant to carry out the necessary search.

*CLG and others v Chief Constable of Merseyside Police

Police Negligence. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, dismissed the claimants' appeal against the dismissal of their claims for damages resulting from the disclosure of their address to the accused in criminal proceedings in which they were to be called as witnesses. It held, among other things, that the actions of the police in serving a witness summons, making a statement with a view to giving evidence of that fact and producing that statement to the prosecuting authority for the purposes of making an application for a warrant of arrest all formed part of their core function of obtaining and preserving evidence, in the discharge of which they did not owe a duty of care to the public at large.

*R (on the application of Davis MP and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Open Rights Group and others intervening)

Data protection Processing of information. The Divisional Court, in allowing the claimants' application for judicial review, declared that of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 was incompatible with the requirements of European Union law insofar as it: (i) did not lay down clear and precise rules on access to, and use of, retained communications data to be strictly restricted to the purpose of preventing and detecting precisely defined serious offences or of conducting criminal prosecutions; and (ii) access to the data was not made dependent on a prior review by a court or an independent administrative body.

His Highness Prince Moulay Hicham Ben Abdullah Al Alaoui of Morocco v Elaph Publishing Ltd

Libel and slander Pleading. The claimant, Prince Moulay Hicham Ben Abdullah Al Alaoui of Morocco, sought permission to amend his libel claim to plead a new meaning and to add a claim under the . The Queen's Bench Division refused permission as to the meaning, as it appeared fashioned so that an action in defamation could be pursued. However, permission as to the claim under the Act would be granted, as such a claim was arguable.

ClientEarth and another v European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

European Union Community institutions. The Court of Justice of the European Union set aside a judgment of the General Court of the European Union in so far as the General Court had thereby dismissed the action brought by ClientEarth and Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN Europe) for: (i) annulment of initially, a decision of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), refusing an application for access to certain working documents relating to a guidance document, prepared by EFSA, for the benefit of applicants for authorisation to place plant protection products on the market; and subsequently (ii) for annulment of EFSA's decision, withdrawing the earlier decision and granting the applicants access to all the information requested, save for the names of certain external experts.

Coty Germany GmbH v Stadtparkasse Magdeburg

European Union Intellectual property rights. The Court of Justice of the European Union gave a preliminary ruling, deciding that of Directive (EC) 2004-48 had to be interpreted as precluding a national provision, such as that at issue in the main proceedings, which allowed, in an unlimited and unconditional manner, a banking institution to invoke banking secrecy in order to refuse to provide, pursuant to art 8(1)(c) of that directive, information concerning the name and address of an account holder.

Dennekamp v European Parliament

European Union European institutions. The General Court of the European Union ruled on the application by Mr Gert-Jan Dennekamp for annulment of Decision A(2012) 13180 of the European Parliament refusing to grant him access to certain documents relating to the affiliation of certain members of the European Parliament to the additional pension scheme. The General Court decided that the contested decision would be annulled in so far as the European Parliament had refused to grant access to the names of the MEPs who had been members of the scheme. However, the action would be dismissed as to the remainder.

R (on the application of AB) v Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary

Human Rights Right to respect for private and family life. The present judicial review proceedings concerned the lawfulness of the disclosure, by the police to a local authority designated officer, of non-conviction material relating to alleged sexual misconduct by the claimant teacher and the subsequent dismissal of his complaint concerning the disclosure. The Administrative Court, in allowing the application, held that the decision to disclose had been unlawful, as it had failed to have sufficient regard to the claimant's rights under art 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Further, the failure to conduct an appropriate and sufficient investigation was so procedurally unfair as to render the resulting decision unlawful.

Allfiled UK Ltd v Eltis and others

Confidential information Interlocutory injunction. The claimant company, Allfiled, brought proceedings alleging that the defendants, three of whom were former directors of Allfiled, had conspired to set up their own business and had caused employees to leave Allfiled. It sought interlocutory injunctive relief against the defendants pending trial or further order, to prevent them from using, disclosing or disseminating Allfiled's confidential information and intellectual property. The Chancery Division made an order accordingly.