Robert Verkaik reports:
Britain has established a privacy law by stealth which has made inroads into all parts of society, a leading human rights law review shows today.
The use of legal arguments based on the claimant’s right to a private life were once almost exclusively restricted to cases brought by celebrities against newspaper groups, but just two of the 28 privacy court cases reported in the last year had any connection with the traditional battle between high-profile individuals and the media.
Jonathan Cooper, barrister at London’s Doughty Street Chambers and the editor of Sweet & Maxwell’s European Human Rights Law Review, said the UK’s legal system was “playing catch-up with other countries where the concept of privacy has been taken more seriously”. He added: “The absence of privacy rights has been a defect of UK law.”
Read more in The Independent.