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Tort Law

Tort Law (8th edn)

Kirsty Horsey and Erika Rackley
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date: 21 July 2024

p. 47216. Invasion of privacylocked

p. 47216. Invasion of privacylocked

  • Kirsty Horsey
  •  and Erika Rackley


This chapter examines the nascent ‘tort’ of invasion of privacy. It first considers why no free-standing tort of invasion of privacy exists, before looking at breach of confidence—a legal concept straddling tort and equity and concerned with ‘secrets’ and judicially adapted to protect privacy by developing the new tort of misuse of private information. The chapter then asks whether developments in the law protecting privacy—particularly in the wake of the Human Rights Act 1998—threaten freedom of expression and therefore the general public’s ‘right’ to information, particularly about celebrities, including royalty and politicians.

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