Mass Media: Privacy

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 20th October 2014.

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Photo of Helen Goodman Helen Goodman Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department (a) has made or (b) plans to make any policy changes in response to the decisions in Weller vs. Associated News in 2014.

Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The case of Weller v Associated Newspapers Ltd [2014] EWHC 1163 was a civil action in relation to the tort of misuse of private information as it applies to children. As the case illustrates, it is already possible for a civil action to be brought to protect the privacy of children. The remedies available include damages for the breach of privacy and an injunction to prevent any further publication. The Government has no plans to change the law in this area.

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