The Journalism Exception in UK Data Protection Law

(2020) 12(2) Journal of Media Law 216

Posted: 10 Mar 2021

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Benjamin Wong

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

This article addresses the application of the journalism exception in UK data protection law. A number of uncertainties arise out of the case law of the CJEU and UK courts, as well as from the changes made to the journalism exception in the new data protection regime under the GDPR and DPA 2018. Three areas within the journalism exception will be discussed: the meaning of ‘journalistic purposes’, the substantive exemption from liability, and the procedural power to obtain a stay of proceedings. This article will identify the uncertainties affecting each of these three areas, and proposes possible ways by which these uncertainties may be resolved.

Keywords: Data protection law

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Wong, Benjamin, The Journalism Exception in UK Data Protection Law (2020). (2020) 12(2) Journal of Media Law 216, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3784557

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