10 November 2008

Decisions of the 'privacy law judge'

The editor of the Daily Mail, Paul Dacre, has launched a scathing attack on the judgements of Mr Justice Eady, accusing him of creating a privacy law by the backdoor.

Mr Dacre highlighted the case of Max Mosley, to whom Mr Justice Eady awarded damages against the News of the World for breaching his privacy under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act.

Mr Justice Eady, the most senior libel judge in England and Wales, sat on the Calcutt committee in 1990 which considered the introduction of a privacy law.

He was in favour of a law, but journalists opposed it.

The law was never introduced, but the Human Rights Act, which came into force in 2000, enshrined a right to privacy under Article 8.

Legal observers say that that Mr Justice Eady believes he is simply applying the Act and weighing the rights to privacy against freedom of expression.

via BBC NEWS | UK | Decisions of the 'privacy law judge'

Noscere Says: Now this is all well and good but it does raise the question of why is it now one law for one and yet it is overlooked for another group? Namely the British government with their bill to introduce a Database and track and intercept our telephone calls, text messages and emails, not that they cant or dont already have the ability to do this because they have. The government also has the powers to intercept our telephone calls without a warrant now, Big Brother is truly watching you and me. Now before some of you get on your high horses and cry Terrorism, may I cast your minds back around 20 years or so when Great Britain was for want of a better Fraze "at war" with Northern Ireland's Terrorists, during this time I believe we faced and went through alot worse than we have or are today so I do not accept your terrorist argument, been there saw worse, yet our privacy was not infringed, our personal communications were not intercepted just in case we were saying anything our government might not like.

I dont know what the News of the World did or did not do, and if I am honest I dont really care that much. What has rubbed me up the wrong way is how a High court judge can quote article 8 against a news paper but does not have the balls to do the same against our government who with their National Database bill is in breach The right to privacy under Article 8 under the Human Rights Act 2000 and there for breaking the law, a law it made its self.

NB: But then this is not the first time the British government has breached the Human Rights Act...

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