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RHI boiler owners granted leave to judicially review decision to publish names

The High Court granted leave to hundreds of Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) boiler owners to judicially review government plans to publish their names.

The RHI scheme was set up to encourage businesses and other non-domestic users to move from using fossil fuels to renewable heating schemes.  However, the contracts permitted users to financially profit from the schemes by enabling them to earn £1.60 for every £1 of fuel burned.  This led to many users burning fuel unnecessarily for the purpose of making a substantial profit.

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Disclosure, Private Information & Data Protection

Facebook required to pay damages to flag protester about comments regarding the religion of his children

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Private Information & Data Protection

Home Office required to pay compensation as a result of publication online of a spreadsheet containing personal data of asylum seekers

TLT and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWHC 2217

The High Court ordered the Home Office to pay six claimants damages to the total value of £39,500 for misuse of private information and breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), as a result of mistakenly publishing a spreadsheet online which contained the personal data of asylum seekers.

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Private Information & Data Protection

Police ordered to pay damages for obtaining private information about absent officer

The Central London County Court awarded damages to a former police office, whose former employer, the Metropolitan Police sought personal information about her from the National Board Targeting Centre (NBTC) which is managed by the Greater Manchester Police.  The information sought concerned a trip Ms Brown had taken to Barbados with her daughter while she was on sick leave.

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Private Information & Data Protection

High Court rules that doctor’s privacy right should be considered prior to disclosing patient report

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Private Information & Data Protection

Police wrongly disclose information about a victim of domestic abuse

The Greater Manchester Police agreed to pay damages to a victim of domestic abuse whose private information had been wrongly disclosed by police officers.

The woman, AB had suffered domestic abuse by a former partner.  She agreed to allow the police to use the facts of her case for a training exercise, for the purpose of improving understanding among officers and to support agencies tasked with helping victims of domestic abuse.  AB understood that this information would be anonymised.

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