BT and Talk Talk had argued that the Digital Economy Act breaches European laws on data protection and privacy, but the Court has dismissed this. What can you say about this?
Data protection and privacy laws permit disclosure of personal data - even sensitive personal data - where disclosure is required to establish, enforce or defend legal rights, under the UK interpretation. This exception necessarily has to include enforcement at a pre-action stage to enable the identification of potential defendants, even if action results in early resolution, as encouraged by the courts.
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