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Prime Minister feels 'uneasy' about the changing shape of UK Privacy Law.

The BBC has today reported on PM David Cameron’s opinions toward the changing shape of privacy law in the UK.

Mr Cameron was recently asked on his position during a recent question-and-answer session at General Motors in Luton. He said that judges were using cases based on the Human Rights Act to develop a privacy law that left him feeling “a little uneasy”, and he argued that Parliament, not judges, should decide on the balance between the freedom of the press and the right to privacy.
Prime Minister Cameron’s comments follow a number of recent injunctions which have banned the identification of celebrities – but a leading law firm has defended these injunctions, saying they are not just for the rich. In one particular case, a world wide ban, or ‘contra mundum’ was issued for a man who didn’t want material about his private life published. Such bans have historically only been used in relation to high profile court cases, including the killers of James Bulger, when a court ruled that there was a “strong possibility” that their lives would be at risk if they were identified.

A contra mundum order is intended to apply forever, and it applies to all those who might come to know of it – as opposed to forbidding the publication of details by a specific newspaper or journalist.

In the particular case highlighted above, the man in question happens to be a Premier League footballer – he wishes to remain anonymous due to speculation about his private life.

The BBC writes:
“The decision is seen by many as another step in the move by the courts to extend protections for the right to respect for privacy and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
But it also marks a further advance in the steps the courts are prepared to take in restricting the right to freedom of expression under Article 10 of the Convention.
The law firm Carter Ruck, which has represented famous figures seeking injunctions, defended the practice.
Carter Ruck managing partner Cameron Doley said that injunctions could be obtained by people who were not rich and they were not there just to help the powerful suppress scandals.
And he argued that “genuinely private people” had a right to protection.”

When asked about his views, PR consultant Max Clifford said: “The privacy of the rich and famous seems to be exactly what the courts are determined to achieve.
“What we’ve got in this country now is a privacy law that wasn’t brought in by Parliament but the judges have decided what they want and that’s what they’ve achieved.”