The High Court has awarded remedies for the breach of statutory duties imposed by the 1998 Data Protection Act. Orbis, an English company established by two British former public officials, produced the ‘Steele Dossier’ in 2016, which Buzzfeed News published in an online article. This made sixteen memoranda from the dossier accessible via link. The claimants, Aven, Fridman and Khan, alleged that ‘Memorandum 112’ contained personal data relating to them, which were inaccurate and had been proceeded by Orbis in ways which were unfair and unlawful.
The Court ordered a rectification of Orbis’ records, and awarded compensation of £18,000 to each of the first and second claimants for the loss of autonomy, distress and reputational damage caused by the breaches of duty.
This case was featured in The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases to Watch in 2020, please see here for the article.