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Privacy Law Handbook


Human rights

In stock

23 November 2010

Law Society Publishing


234 x 156 mm
272 pages

Privacy Law Handbook

Edited by Keith Mathieson


This is the print version of Privacy Law Handbook. The eBook version (EPUB) of Privacy Law Handbook is also available.

The law relating to personal privacy has been marked by extraordinary changes in recent years, including the introduction of a new cause of action for misuse of private information. The changes reflect not only the impact of human rights legislation, but also the challenges posed by new social and technological developments.Written in a clear, concise and accessible style by a team of expert contributors from Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP, the Privacy Law Handbook brings together all aspects of privacy in a single volume, explaining the current state of the law in practical terms and making sense of the most recent changes. The book covers:

  • the principal sources of law, including the Human Rights Act 1998 and Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • the impact of landmark cases such as Campbell v MGN and Mosley v News Group
  • the new cause of action for misuse of private information
  • data protection and breaches of data security
  • privacy and its overlap with defamation, copyright, freedom of information and other areas of law
  • privacy and confidentiality in the context of medical treatment
  • privacy and the courts: reporting restrictions and anonymity orders
  • self-regulation by the media.

Further chapters explore the protection of privacy in communications and state access to private information; and issues of physical intrusion such as trespass, harassment and nuisance.

The book is complemented by Reynolds Porter Chamberlain's Privacy Law blog. The blog is intended to keep the Privacy Law Handbook as up-to-date as possible with postings referring readers to relevant sections of the book.

While the Privacy Law Handbook will certainly appeal to specialist practitioners in this fast-moving field, it has been written with the interests of non-specialist practitioners, including in-house lawyers, very much in mind, recognising that aspects of privacy law affect many diverse areas of legal practice. Those looking for a topical and accessible, one-stop source of information about privacy law will find the book particularly valuable, including non-lawyers such as data protection officers and others whose work impacts on individuals' personal privacy.


"Mathieson has covered substantial areas of privacy law in just one volume to give us what we need without reference to the heavy tomes"

Phillip Taylor, Richmond Green Chambers

"The Privacy Law Handbook is a timely work aimed at practitioners who specialise in areas where privacy law issues are likely to be encountered'."

Duncan Lamont, Charles Russell LLP

'This is an extremely interesting and well-written book... It is strongly recommended not only for practitioners who deal regularly with privacy issues, but also for those who deal with Data Protection and freedom of information issues.'

Media Lawyer

'This publication provides a comprehensive insight into privacy law and how it interacts with defamation, copyright, data protection and freedom of information.'

Laura Linkomies, Privacy Law & Business

'[The book] offers invaluable legal advice that otherwise may cost you an arm and a leg!'

The Chartered Institute of IT


1. An overview of laws relating to personal privacy;
2. Breach of confidence;
3. Misuse of private information;
4. Data protection;
5. Breaches of security in personal data;
6. The overlap of privacy with other rights: defamation,copyright, freedom of information and protection of sources;
7. Surveillance, interception of communications andstate access to private information;
8. Rights against intrusion: trespass, harassment and nuisance;
9. Medicalconfidentiality;
10. Privacy and the courts;
11. Self-regulation of privacy: press and broadcasting codes;
Appendix 1: Extracts from the Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Convention on Human Rights;
Appendix 2: Extracts from press and broadcasting codes.

About the Editor

Keith Mathieson is a partner at London based Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP. He is recognised as one of the country's leading media defence lawyers and his clients include national newspaper groups, publishers and picture agencies. He has also contributed to the Freedom of Information Handbook, 2nd Edition (Law Society, 2008).