Protecting your online Privacy revisited

The Court of Appeal in Belfast recently reduced the award of damages made by the High Court in the case of J20 v. Facebook Ireland Limited (see ‘Protecting your online Privacy’).

Allowing the Appeal, the Court noted that ‘J20’ has not been in contact with his children since 1998 and that they were not parties to the action.  

That said, the Court did conclude that Facebook should have acted more expeditiously in relation to a further photograph of J20 which referenced him as a ‘tout’ and was, therefore, liable in damages albeit for the limited period of time during which the post was available for viewing.  The award of damages was reduced from £3,000 to £500 accordingly.

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