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Employment Law
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Information & Data Protection Law
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Course Aims:

This podcast aims to give the listener an overview of the protection afforded to confidential information in the UK. It examines both personal and commercial information and the type of information that can be protected. The podcasts concludes by looking at defences and the remedies available to a successful claimant.

After completing the course you will:
  • Know what laws protect confidential information;
  • Know what types of of information will qualify for protection;
  • Recognise the different categories of information in an employment context;
  • Be aware of reasonable defences to a breach of confidentiality claim;
  • Be aware of the remedies available to a successful claimant;
  • Know the practical steps a business can take to protect its confidential information.
Specialist Difficulty: 5 of 5
Case Update
Legal Principles
Practical Guide
Sources and References:
  • Computer Misuse Act 1990;
  • Data Protection Act 1998;
  • Human Rights Act 1998;
  • Official Secrets Act 1989;
  • Attorney-General (United Kingdom) v Heinemann Publishers Australia Pty Ltd (1988) 165 CLR 30;
  • Barclays Bank Plc v Guardian News Media Ltd [2009] EWHC 591;
  • Campbell v Mirror Group Newspapers Ltd [2004] UKHL 22;
  • Coco v A.N.Clark (Engineers) Ltd [1969] R.P.C. 41;
  • Douglas v Hello! Ltd [2005] EWCA Civ 595;
  • Faccenda Chicken Ltd v Fowler [1986] 1 All ER 617;
  • Francome v Mirror Group Newspapers Ltd [1984] 1 WLR 892;
  • Printers & Finishers Ltd. v. Holloway [1965] 1 W.L.R. 1; [1965] R.P.C. 239;
  • R v Department of Health ex parte Source Informatics. [2001] QB 424;
  • Saltman Engineering Co Ltd v. Campbell Engineering Ltd, (1948) 65 P.R.C. 203.

This podcast looks at the law regarding the protection of confidential information in both a personal and commercial context.

Podcast added: 22/10/2010

Podcast last reviewed: 2011-04-26

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