May 162012
 May 16, 2012  Posted by  Non-U.S.

Paul McNally reports:

The former justice secretary, Jack Straw, has called for the Human Rights Act to be amended to include a new clause on breach of privacy.

Giving evidence at the Leveson inquiry today, Straw said that when the Human Rights Act was passed in 2008 parliament felt the privacy element was best left to the senior judiciary to interpret and apply, but that had now changed.

He told the inquiry: “There is a need now for parliament to amend the law so there is a tort of breach of privacy that applies to everybody.

“I think it is time for parliament to accept the job we passed to the judiciary.”


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