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UK news media warn that data rules are used to curb freedom of expression

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UK news media warn that data rules are used to curb freedom of expression

Publishers say that they are receiving an increasing number data protection complaints alongside libel, privacy and other claims, and that data laws are used to suppress or change information, or to try to force journalists to hand over personal data gathered during their reporting process, the Financial Times reported.

Although news publishers in Britain are protected by exemptions, these may no longer offer sufficient protection as claimants are increasingly testing data privacy rules in courts, searching for vulnerabilities. Publishers are specifically worried that new data privacy rules, coming into force next May, will give claimants further power to pursue legal action.

Moreover, the prerequisites for data protection claims are lower than for libel cases. According to a media barrister who spoke to the Financial Times, it has become “standard practice” to add a data protection claim in libel and privacy cases.

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Teemu Henriksson

Date

2017-10-18 11:27

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