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Privacy and Media Freedom$
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Raymond Wacks

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199668656

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668656.001.0001

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Problems and prospects

Problems and prospects

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(p.237) 8 Problems and prospects
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Privacy and Media Freedom
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Wacks Raymond

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668656.003.0008

This chapter raises ten ‘qualms and quibbles’ about the present law. These include difficulties surrounding the concepts of ‘private life’, ‘public interest’, ‘reasonable expectation of privacy’, and the requirements of liability. A draft bill is proposed, and included in an Appendix, that seeks to protect individuals against both intrusion and gratuitous publicity being given to personal information. It is acknowledged that there is no simple solution; even a privacy statute would generate new problems for the judicial construction of victims’ rights against unsolicited invasions of privacy. But its greater clarity and guidance do offer better prospects for the protection of privacy—and of freedom of expression.

Keywords:   Legislation, protection of privacy, freedom of expression, public interest, reasonable expectation of privacy, private life, liability

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