Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 177 (Oct)
Neutral Citation: [2002] EWCA Civ 1373
Court: Court of Appeal, Civil Division

Lord Phillips MR, Chadwick and Keene LJJ

Representation Andrew Caldecott QC and Antony White QC (instructed by Schilling & Lom) for the claimant.
  Desmond Browne QC, Richard Spearman QC and Mark Warby QC (instructed by Davenport Lyons) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 14 October 2002


Confidence|| Confidential information - Disclosure by newspaper - Confidentiality of information.

The Case

Where a claimant conceded that a newspaper was entitled to publish the fact that she was a drug addict and was receiving treatment, the publication of the fact that she was attending meetings of Narcotics Anonymous was not, in its context, sufficiently significant to amount to a breach of the duty of confidence owed to the claimant. Where a data controller was responsible for the publication of hard copies, such as newspapers, which reproduced data that had previously been processed by means of equipment operating automatically, that publication formed part of the processing and thus fell within the scope of the . However, in the instant case the defendant was entitled to invoke the exemption in s32 of the Act.

Practice Areas

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