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What is the exact nature of this information? Who do they want to pass it on to?
Hi sorry my connection dropped earlier so I could not respond until now. The only potential rights you will have in relation to this would be under defamation law and that would depend on what information they actually disclose.
First of all, certain conditions must be met for the statement to be classified as defamatory. These are:
1. The statement has to be untrue.
2. It must directly identify the complainant.
3. It must have been published, usually communicated to at least another person.
4. It must be in a form of words, which would tend to lower the claimant in the estimation of ‘right thinking members of society generally', expose the claimant to hatred, contempt or ridicule, or cause the claimant to be shunned or avoided.
5. Its publication has caused or is likely to cause serious harm to the reputation of the claimant.
So this is the key here – is the information they are going to disclose untrue? If they state the facts as they know them and they are a factual representation, then this is not defamation and there is nothing really stopping them from disclosing them. For example, calling someone a paedophile can be factually correct in the circumstances because that is a person who is sexually attracted to minors and in the circumstances that appears to be true based on the fact of what has happened. So really you are only able to take it further if untrue information has been disclosed – disclosure of factually correct information is legal, even if it makes someone look bad.
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