Month: June 2003

Chairman of the PCC comments on the issue of ‘due prominence’ for corrections

The Press Complaints Commission issues a Code of Practice which has in its first paragraph a stipulation as to ‘Accuracy’. It provides as follows: ‘1. Newspapers and periodicals should take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted material including pictures. 2. Whenever it is recognised that a significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distorted report …   Read more

Data Protection Code: Part III – Monitoring at work

The Information Commissioner, the government official responsible for data protection issues, has issued Part III of the Employment Practices Data Protection Code. Part III deals with ways in which organisations can comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 in the context of monitoring their workers. Sanctions for not complying with the Act include criminal charges. …   Read more

PCC found wanting by the consumer

It was reported on 6 June that Sarah Cox had settled her privacy claim against the People for £50,000 in damages, plus £200,000 legal costs. The People had published nude photographs of Sarah Cox and her new husband while they were on honeymoon in the Seychelles. The photographs showed the Radio One DJ and her …   Read more

Forum shopping and the high price of humour: Harrods v Dow Jones

In our December 2002 early warning we reported the Australian decision of Gutnick v Dow Jones. Dow Jones have now fallen foul of the UK courts on another jurisdictional issue as a result of the judgment of Mr Justice Eady handed down in the High Court on 22 May. On 31 March 2002 Harrods issued …   Read more