RFU uses Norwich Pharmacal Order to tackle ticket touts

In the recent case of Rugby Football Union v Viagogo Ltd (2012) UKSC 55, the Supreme Court made a Norwich Pharmacal Order requiring the defendant (Viagogo) to provide the Rugby Football Union (RFU) with the names and addresses of people who had used its website to buy and sell rugby tickets at inflated prices.

In reaching this conclusion, the Supreme Court rejected Viagogo’s argument that the order would interfere disproportionately with the data protection rights of the individuals who had bought and sold the tickets.