Category Archives: Rehabilitation of Offenders Act

Conviction stays online despite being ‘spent’

A man failed to have his spent conviction deleted from a news archive on data protection grounds. Newsquest said its archive was a valuable historical record (UK Press Gazette, May 2014). Read more

Note: this story was uploaded to Media Law Matters before the implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation directive, which toughens up data protection law, from May 2018.¬†

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Care needed as convictions become ‘spent’ sooner

The period in which criminal convictions could be reported was drastically shorted in a change to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act in March 2014, said HoldTheFrontPage. Journalists might have a public interest defence for reporting “spent” convictions. But in an anomaly, the “truth defence” against a defamation claim might not apply. Read more¬†