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Media law: Privacy

Subjects: Law

Right recognised

"No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks."

Article 12 Universal Declaration of Human Rights G.A. res. 217A (III), U.N. Doc A/810 at 71 (1948)

"1.Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.
2.There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others. "

Article 8 European Convention on Human Rights Rome 4 November 1950

Official publications

Privacy and confidentiality

Print resources

Works on English law are in the main Reading Room on Floor 2.

Halsbury's Laws is an authoritative encyclopaedia of law in the England and Wales. The main subject volumes will give you a concise overview of the law, while the footnotes will direct you to the most important cases, legislation and commentary in that area. The print volumes are at K1 in the main Reading Room. Use the Cumulative Supplement to check for any new developments in the law since the volume was printed. OU members can access Halsbury's Laws electronically via Lexis®Library.

Works on media law at KN343 may well include this aspect as a section. In addition books at KM209.P7 may also be useful.

Electronic resources

Texts on topic

Don't forget to use Index to Legal Periodicals to find articles!

eg Private life and the English Judge by Richard Buxton in Oxford Journal of Legal Studies v.29(3) pp.413-425