UK Hight Court clarifies data subject rights, responsibilities of controllers

07/06/2024 | Information Rights and Wrongs

On Friday, 7 June 2024, a High Court judgment was handed down in Harrison v Cameron and ACL, in which significant rulings were made concerning subject access requests (SARs) under the UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The case relates to a director of a gardening company, Mr Cameron, who had covertly recorded threatening calls made by a wealthy homeowner, Mr Harrison, and shared the recordings among family members. The recordings were later found to have been circulated among colleagues and competitors within the property investment sector. The ensuing SARs were rejected in light of Mr Harrison's conduct.  

In its judgement, the court addressed several important data protection issues. In this specific case, while a data subject has the right to receive information on individual recipients, not just categories thereof, under Article 15(1)(c) of the UK GDPR, the court ruled that Mr Harrison was not entitled to the identities due to concerns about potential legal action and the individuals' safety. 

Additional legal analysis provided by 11KBW Panopticon Blog.

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