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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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
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’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
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
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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    2010
    Europe

    Police stop and search powers can’t be limitless

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    Two protesters were stopped and searched, without any grounds for suspicion, by the police. The European Court of Human Rights said this was a violation of their right to privacy. The UK government had to review its anti-terrorism law.

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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
      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
      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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      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.

      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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      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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        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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        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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          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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