Information and privacy law


Information law and privacy law are two rapidly growing areas of law within the UK. Regularly appearing in the media, the right to privacy and the right to access information are two contentious areas which are developing through their continued presence in the highest courts in England and Wales.

Often the conflict is between an individual and the media, or an individual and a public organisation, such as the police.

Information and privacy law in the UK is governed by the Data Protection Act 1998, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Human Rights Act 1998. In addition, the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) plays an important role in protecting privacy rights.

Solicitors specialising in information law and privacy law are able to help individuals or organisations with issues such as the unlawful publication of private information, or the misuse of private information. Other issues solicitors can help with include:

  • Defamation
  • Phone hacking
  • Unlawful disclosure of confidential data
  • Inaccurate criminal records
  • DNA, fingerprint and photograph retention
  • Adverse or intrusive media coverage
  • Breach of Data Protection Act 1998

These issues usually overlap; a claimant who is experiencing a breach of privacy may also be the subject of a defamatory comment.

How can we help?

If you are currently experiencing any of the above issues, you can call Contact Law today. Our experienced advisors will put you in touch with a specialist civil solicitor.

Our solicitors are recommended so you can be assured of their reliability. They can advise you of your legal rights under information and privacy law and respond quickly to any urgent matters. Our solicitors will advise you on what action is necessary to minimise potential damage, or to be successful in your claim.

If you need legal advice from a specialist solicitor, call Contact Law on 0800 1777 162.

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