breach of confidence


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breach of confidence

an act or omission that infringes the obligation of confidence. This obligation is difficult to classify. Many obligations of this kind arise from contract, express or implied. It may be a tortious or delictual obligation or it may be completely SUI GENERIS, founded on equity. The general rule is that anyone is entitled to communicate anything he pleases to anyone else, by speech or in writing or in any other way. On the widest view, however, if information is imparted in circumstances from which it is clear it was confidential, the recipient comes under an obligation not to impart it. Others receiving the information from this primary confidant may come under a similar obligation. The wrongfulness in the conduct may make it possible for a claim restitution to succeed, making the person revealing the information liable to account for profits. In England the wrong has been extended to cover the dissemination of personal information, thus coming close to being a tort of invasion of privacy.
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'Would it be any breach of confidence, Marchioness, to relate what they say of the humble individual who has now the honour to--?'
I have a right to complain of it as almost a breach of confidence. You did not mean it--'
'Mrs Nickleby,' said that excellent gentleman, lowering his voice, 'there is the most trifling, the most excusable breach of confidence in what I am about to say; and yet if my friend Pyke there overheard it--such is that man's delicate sense of honour, Mrs Nickleby--he'd have me out before dinner-time.'
No, no: that would be a breach of confidence, wouldn't it, Helen?
He posted on Twitter saying: "Colleagues may be aware I was suspended from my post as Chair @westmidspolfed "I have today had a hearing at @PFEWHQ and the panel has removed me from office for a "breach of confidence" arising from forwarding an email to another fed rep, @LeeMBroad for advice.
Bernie Attridge was sacked from the authority's ruling cabinet in March after he was accused of a breach of confidence by then leader Aaron Shotton.
An inquiry found "compelling evidence" Williamson was behind the breach of confidence. He admits he spoke to a Telegraph journalist after the meeting but insists he did not leak the Huawei decision.
It comes after a rocky fortnight for the administration in which current leader Aaron Shotton sacked his deputy Bernie Attridge for an alleged breach of confidence.
The offences which are expected to be tried by the Special High Court include bribery, breach of confidence, financial misappropriation, and financial misuse, money laundering for terrorism, organized crime, and misuse of public property.
Ashbury's lawsuit centered on allegations of breach of contract, fraud, and breach of confidence. Ashbury claimed that a contract dating back to 2012, prior to FactSet's 2013 acquisition of Revere Data, LLC, required FactSet to pay Ashbury perpetual royalties equal to approximately $100M on all sales of FactSet Supply Chain data and for the ongoing value of use to FactSet of its technology.
The 46-year-old Doctor Who and Broadchurch star was among six people who settled claims against News Group Newspapers for misuse of private information and breach of confidence.
Dyson had been suing the former boss for damages for alleged breach of contract and for compensation and/or an account of profits for his alleged breach of confidence.