Oct 042010
 
 October 4, 2010  Court, Non-U.S., Youth & Schools

Adam Wagner reports that a UK judge recently held that public interest warranted revealing the name of a Council involved in child protection charges, even if there was some privacy risk to the children:

Coventry City Council v X, Y and Z (Care Proceedings: Costs: Identification of Local Authority) [2010] EWHC B22 (Fam) –Read judgment

Coventry City Council has been ordered to pay £100,000 in costs and has been severely criticised by the High Court for child protection failures. What is particularly interesting about the case is the unusual decision of the High Court to disclose the name of the offending council at the request of the BBC.

Read more on the UK Human Rights Blog.  American readers will find it informative in explaining the UK law and approach to balancing privacy interests against freedom of information.

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