HUMAN RIGHTS: Protecting the quiet life
Thanks to Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, celebrities can turn to the courts to protect against invasions of privacy by the media. An increasing number of the general public are discovering they have similar rights, writes Wendy Outhwaite
Not long ago, neither celebrities nor the man on the Clapham omnibus had an effective legal remedy for the invasion of their privacy. Unless a claim could be formulated as some other cause of action, such as breach of confidence, the court was powerless and the individual defenceless.
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