IMPRESS free arbitration scheme is extended to cover data protection claims

As part of their IMPRESS membership, publishers get free access to an exclusive arbitration scheme which makes arbitration accessible to independent publishers. From this month, the scope of the scheme will be extended to include civil claims for breaches of the Data Protection Act

This provides an added layer of reassurance to IMPRESS-regulated publications, who are working hard to comply with the new requirements of the Data Protection Act, which came into effect at the end of May 2018.

As a result of this change, claims covered by the IMPRESS arbitration scheme include: defamation, breach of confidence, misuse of private information, malicious falsehood, harassment and breach of the Data Protection Act.

The IMPRESS Arbitration Scheme has been available since IMPRESS started regulating its first publishers in June 2016. Participation in the scheme is contractually binding for all regulated publications. So far, IMPRESS has received five applications for arbitration, and has published two arbitration awards. This is an affordable way for publishers and members of the public to resolve legal disputes and is a far quicker, cheaper and less risky alternative to going to court.

The IMPRESS/CIArb Arbitration Scheme is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. It provides access to justice for both publishers and members of the public – at no cost. Expert arbitrators are appointed by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and their fees are paid by IMPRESS.

More information about the IMPRESS arbitration scheme is available here.