More privacy restrictions or fair decision?

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mike703
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UK editors code of practice
In reply to Sante Patate, 8 months ago

This is interesting, as the photos were published in a UK newspaper. It is the code of practice that editors are supposed to adhere to:

http://www.pcc.org.uk/cop/practice.html

On 'privacy' it says (my emphases)

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i) Everyone is entitled to respect for his or her private and family life, home, health and correspondence, including digital communications.

ii) Editors will be expected to justify intrusions into any individual's private life without consent. Account will be taken of the complainant's own public disclosures of information.

iii) It is unacceptable to photograph individuals in private places without their consent.

Note - Private places are public or private property where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.

and later

v) Editors must not use the fame, notoriety or position of a parent or guardian as sole justification for publishing details of a child’s private life.

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Now this is a (supposedly voluntary) code of practice, not the law, but it recognises that there can be such as thing as privacy in a public place. 'Family life' is listed as something separate from a private life, and having a coffee in a cafe with your children on a family outing seems to be a good example of that. The Daily Mail also flouted its own code of practice in respect of the last point above - 'Editors must not use the fame, notoriety or position of a parent or guardian as sole justification for publishing details of a child’s private life.'

Interesting that the judge in this case interpreted the law, and gave the Daily Mail a slapped wrist, more or less in agreement with what the newspapers themselves decided was reasonable...!

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