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Privacy
2010
UK

Police can be sued for revealing a person’s private sex life

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A man sued the police for making damaging revelations on his sex-life without proper cause. He won his case, as his right to privacy had been breached.

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    Privacy
    2014
    UK

    Private information can’t be misused by organisations

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    A group of UK Google users sued Google for the unlawful tracking and collection of their private information. The judge allowed the case to proceed and acknowledged that misuse of private information could result in a damages claim.

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    Privacy
    2014
    UK

    Secret mass surveillance can be unlawful

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    A group of human rights organisations argued that secret mass surveillance uncovered by Edward Snowden was illegal. The Investigatory Powers Tribunal said that it had been illegal for years before the policy had recently been changed.

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    2004
    UK

    The supermodel’s privacy was breached by a tabloid rehab scoop

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    Naomi Campbell complained about photos taken of her leaving a rehab clinic and published in the Daily Mirror. The UK's highest court found Campbell's right to privacy outweighed that of the press to run the photos.

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    Privacy
    2007
    Europe

    There is a right to privacy in the workplace

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    Ten years after Halford, another case of workplace privacy: the monitoring of telephone, e-mail and internet usage of a employees is unlawful and violates her right to privacy, unless it is clearly and fairly disciplined.

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    Children
    1989
    Europe

    Care leavers can access their child care records

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    A care leaver wanted access to care records to establish whether he had grounds to complain of ill-treatment whilst in care. He was not permitted to see the entire file. This breached his right to respect for private life.

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      Privacy
      2011
      UK

      The right to privacy can be protected through “super injuctions”

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      A celebrity was threatened with the publication of intimate photographs. The judge unusually allowed the use of a special injunction, binding everyone and forever, to ensure the protection of the privacy of the victim once the trial was over.

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      Privacy
      2001
      Europe

      Public activities may be protected by privacy

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      The European Court of Human Rights condemned the unlawful recording of two suspected criminals at their house and at the police station and said in principle a person's activities may be part of their private life even if they take place in a public context.

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        Children
        2011
        UK

        Children’s rights are better protected in immigration detention

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        Asylum seekers and their children were detained in an immigration detention centre. Their detention was found to be unlawful and breached their rights to liberty and privacy / family life.

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        Privacy
        2012
        UK

        Sex offenders can’t be name-shamed on Facebook

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        A man who had been convicted for sex crimes involving children acted to have Facebook remove his data and photographs from the page "Keeping Our Kid Safe From Predators". Facebook agreed, as that posed a threat to his safety and privacy.

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        50 Cases
        2014
        UK

        The police can’t keep you on their database for ever

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        Two people wanted minor crimes committed years ago (shoplifting a packet of fingernails; stealing a bike aged 11) to be removed from the national police database, as it was stopping them getting jobs. Their privacy had been breached and the law was changed.

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          Children
          2012
          UK

          Children’s identities are usually kept secret in personal injury cases

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          A child was involved in a personal injury case. The child's identity was kept a secret, to ensure her compensation was protected from those who might misuse the funds. Publication would breach her right to privacy / family life.

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          Health
          2004
          Europe

          Medical staff can’t ignore parents’ objections to treatment of their children

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          A mother had fought doctors' decisions to give diamorphine to her critically ill disabled son as it could speed up his death. The Court said the approach of the doctors breached the mother and sons' right to family and private life.

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          Privacy
          2000
          UK

          The right to privacy is recognised by UK law

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          Since October 2000, when the Human Rights Act entered into force in the United Kingdom, people in the UK have acquired the right to privacy. This was not explicitly protected under UK law pre-2000.

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          Children
          2008
          UK

          Children can be protected against intrusive media attention

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          A photograph of the author JK Rowling's son was taken and published without permission or consent. It was decided that the child was entitled to privacy and the law should protect children against intrusive media attention.

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          Privacy
          2014
          Europe

          There is a “right to be forgotten” by internet search engines

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          A Spanish man took Google to the Court of Justice of the European Union (not the same as the European Court of Human Rights) to have damaging search results removed. He won: the right to be forgotten is born.

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          Children
          2012
          UK

          Children in care must be properly protected by the state

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          Two boys came into local authority care and were freed for adoption. The boys were moved between foster placements for 11 years, becoming increasingly unsettled. This breached several of their rights and local authorities had to re-examine their care systems.

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            Children
            2015
            UK

            Children in custody are recognised as vulnerable

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            A 14-year-old's clothing was removed after her arrest. There was no breach of her right to privacy, but the court emphasised the vulnerable position of children in custody. The police produced a report on vulnerable people in custody.

            Health
            2014
            Europe

            Medical students can’t watch women give birth without their (genuine) consent

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            The applicant's privacy rights were breached when she did not give written consent to the presence of medical students when she gave birth. Russian laws were found insufficient in this respect. The booklet on the teaching programme was vague, and made it look like the applicant had no choice in the matter.

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            Privacy
            2011
            Europe

            If mass surveillance occurs, it must be through clear, accessible laws

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            Russia's registration of human rights activists in a surveillance database regulated by a ministerial order is unlawful. All States are required to regulate mass surveillance through clear and accessible laws.

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            Privacy
            2013
            Europe

            UK may develop a law against secret filming and photography

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            The European Court of Human Rights decided that Sweden’s lack of a legal ban on secret filming and photography violated the right to privacy. The judgement may have significant consequences in the UK too: paparazzi beware!

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            50 Cases
            1984
            Europe

            Police need a warrant to tap our phones

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            A businessman had his phone tapped by the police without a warrant. The European Court of Human Rights said this as a violation of his right to privacy. So, the government introduced the Interception of Communications Act. A warrant is now needed for phone tapping by police and security services.

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            2008
            Europe

            Government spying powers are too wide

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            The European Court said the government's powers to spy were too wide and opaque. Liberty and other civil liberties organisations accused the Ministry of Defence of spying on their phonecalls and emails. This is one of a series of cases challenged the UK to greater openness about surveillance.

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            Privacy
            2011
            UK

            Reporting of highly sensitive cases can be stopped

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            A woman in a semi-vegetative state wanted to be allowed to die. A judge defended the privacy of her and her relatives through the first injunction stopping publication of private information on any social media, including Facebook and Twitter.

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