Catherine Baksi writes:
The number of privacy cases fought in UK courts has doubled in the last five years, amid an explosion in the amount of personal data held and shared by government agencies, and retained by businesses.
In the year to 31 May 2014, there were 56 cases in the High Court, up from 28 five years ago, according to figures from legal information provider Thomson Reuters.
Thomson Reuters said a high proportion of the cases this year involve claims against public institutions, particularly the police. These have included stop and search complaints. In one high-profile example of the police’s invasion of privacy, it was revealed that undercover police officers secretly gathered intelligence over two decades on Doreen Laurence and 18 families fighting to get justice from the police over deaths in custody and other matters.
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