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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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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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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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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
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
2011
UK

A new law of privacy is evolving, case by case

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After the enactment of the Human Rights Act, the UK government blessed the development of privacy law by the Courts. A new claim for misuse of private information is being shaped by judges.

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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
2011
UK

A culture of illegal phone hacking killed the News of the World

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The tabloid newspaper was exposed as using illegal phone hacking to steal private information. This was possible thanks to the Regulation of Investigatory Power Act (see Halford v United Kingdom) and ultimately led to the demise of newpaper.

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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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    50 Cases
    2003
    Europe

    A council shouldn’t have given CCTV suicide footage to media

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    Mr Peck's suicide attempt was caught on CCTV. The local council gave the footage to the media. This was a violation of his right to privacy - things happening in public can still be private.

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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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      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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      50 Cases
      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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      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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      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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        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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        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
        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
          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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          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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            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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            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
            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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            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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