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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Urquhart on Privacy and Freedom of the Press From Campbell To Leveson

Lachlan Urquhart, University of Nottingham School of Computer Science, is publishing Privacy and Freedom of the Press from 2004-2015: From Campbell to Leveson, in Law, Policy and the Internet (L. Edwards, ed.; Hart Publishing, forthcoming). Here is the abstract.

This chapter documents the developments in the English law of breach of confidence since the seminal Campbell v MGN case in 2004. In particular, we document the growth of the new action of ‘misuse of private information’. We conduct a largely doctrinal analysis of the case law by consolidating the complex, fragmented domain of principles and tests established by the courts. We situate these within the broader concerns around regulation of the UK print press, how this system is changing in light of the Leveson Inquiry, European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) jurisprudence and the new Royal Charter on Self Regulation of the Press. We also look at the impact of new technologies on regulation of collection and distribution of the news. We briefly consider two examples, namely social media and superinjunctions, and use of drones to collect news.
Download the essay from SSRN at the link.

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