Law protecting the right to privacy from the press

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PaulJRobinson
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2081 days


PaulJRobinson

@PaulJRobinson - over 5 years ago

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@PaulJRobinson edited society.md - over 5 years ago

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What policies should we propose to improve the fabric of society?

What policies should we propose to improve the fabric of society?

Pass a law guaranteeing a right to privacy against press intrusion unless revealing criminal activity, or the hypocrisy of an elected official where their private actions or behaviour betray their publicly stated beliefs.

Floppy

@Floppy - over 5 years ago

This might need more nuance, but yes, as a starting point: 👍

PaulJRobinson

@PaulJRobinson - over 5 years ago

Interesting case in point in France right now, and they have just such a law! When considering this PR it might be worth considering: have the French press acted correctly with their recent revelations? Has privacy been unfairly invaded? Do the French people have a right to know when an elected official is behaving in such a way? My own view is that this matter should be off limits to the Press.

philipjohn

@philipjohn - over 5 years ago

It's quite easy (I think) to argue either way. Yes, it is his private life and he should be left to it. On the other hand, he is committing adultery and so is there not a question over his judgment - something which, being in such a position, such be one of his best qualities.

...which is a long winded way of saying, in this case, I'm on the fence for now.

rossa75

@rossa75 - over 5 years ago

I think that this should also work the other way - those with power and money should not be able to hide their misdoings with gagging orders etc.

PaulJRobinson

@PaulJRobinson - over 5 years ago

I think the law should allow publication of any wrongdoing that is illegal or hypocritical in relation to publicly stated views of elected politicians. I don't think privacy should be the preserve of only those who can afford gagging orders. This proposal will make gagging orders redundant. On 16 Feb 2014 15:55, "rossa75" [email protected] wrote:

I think that this should also work the other way - those with power and money should not be able to hide their misdoings with gagging orders etc.

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Floppy

@Floppy - over 5 years ago

My "give the PCC more teeth" proposal in https://github.com/openpolitics/manifesto/pull/108 might be relevant to this.

PaulJRobinson

@PaulJRobinson - over 5 years ago

I'd be more inclined to open up this PR to a broader "law protecting privacy" upon which the Press; digital surveillance by the State (and other agencies); companies harvesting personal online data; could be held to account.

Floppy

@Floppy - over 5 years ago

Yes, that seems sensible. Shall we close this one and create something more general?

PaulJRobinson

@PaulJRobinson - over 5 years ago

ok - will do.

with kind regards, Paul Robinson

about.me/pauljrobinson

On 10 March 2014 11:37, James Smith [email protected] wrote:

Yes, that seems sensible. Shall we close this one and create something more general?

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