Can the Data Protection Act be used to prevent public interest investigations?

By Sally Lansdell

For campaign groups carrying out public interest investigations, a recently issued claim in the High Court could have a chilling effect on the information a campaign group can collect and use.

Four people associated with mining company BSG Resources have issued a claim in the High Court seeking that their subject access requests are complied with, an order that their personal data is not processed, their data is deleted (if necessary) and damages for distress.

The claim is against Global Witness, a non-governmental organisation that campaigns against and investigates corruption relating to the control of natural resources. Global Witness has been investigating corruption allegations surrounding BSG Resources gaining mining rights to Guinean iron-ore in the Simandou Mountain range. BSG Resources maintains that the allegations are without foundation…

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