Questions on the retention of journalistic materials


By Media Team

Jennifer Agate, Managing Associate in the Media Team, writes about data protection and journalistic exemption.

In the latest development in the tactical battle that is data protection, the Court of Appeal has referred questions relating to the journalistic exemption to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). As readers may remember from previous Law Column discussion of the case, James Stunt, former son in law of Bernie Ecclestone, is suing in relation to various articles published about him in the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday and Mail Online.  Apparently frustrated with the continued coverage of his affairs, he issued proceedings in December 2015 claiming damages and/or an injunction for misuse of private information, harassment and breaches and threatened breaches of the DPA 1998.
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