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Privacy Law Handbook (EPUB version)


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1 November 2010

The Law Society



Privacy Law Handbook (EPUB version)

Edited by Keith Mathieson


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

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.

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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 and state access to private information;
8. Rights against intrusion: trespass, harassment and nuisance;
9. Medical confidentiality;
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 Author

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 pictureagencies. He has also contributed to the Freedom of Information Handbook, 2nd Edition (Law Society, 2008).