5 Essex Court

Saara Idelbi

Call 2008

Data Protection & Information Law

Saara represents claimants and defendants in all areas of information, including claims relating to privacy, confidence, data protection, freedom of information, harassment and reporting restrictions. She is a certified Information Privacy Professional in European Data Law by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP/E).

She has advised in relation to the Data Protection Act (both 1998 and 2018), Freedom of Information Act and appeals against the decision of the Information Commissioner before the First tier-Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber).  She advises on all aspects of data protection and is well-versed in all aspects of GDPR, the Law Enforcement Directive and the ePrivacy Directive, and the interaction between them.

Privacy and data issues arise frequently through Saara’s practice, and she regularly advises on data protection issues when dealing with cases concerning sensitive data concerning children and vulnerable adults.

Examples of Saara’s work include:

  • Represented the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which it was argued disclosing a third party’s immigration history to another person would breach the Data Protection Act 2018 – FF v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] EWHC 2566 (Admin)
  • Advised on the lawfulness of disclosure of an individual’s convictions on an enhanced DBS certificate.
  • Represented a former councillor about the unlawful disclosure of their sensitive data in a public meeting.
  • Negotiated a settlement for the disclosure of an individual’s conviction in the prison setting.
  • Struck out a claim for alleged inaccuracies and opinions contained in a probation reports.
  • Represented a protected party in the Court of Protection concerning their ability to consent to the sharing of their personal data.

She has delivered training on data legislation and privacy.

Saara is Direct Access qualified and accepts instructions in this area.