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The Right to Privacy

Definitions

  1. The right to privacy refers to the concept that one’s personal information is protected from public scrutiny. 
  2. The right of a person to be free from intrusion into or publicity concerning matters of a personal nature.

The right to privacy is the necessity of being able to keep certain aspects of your life away from the public eye.

  1. Freedom of the press—the right to report news or circulate opinion without censorship from the government.
  2. The right to publish newspapers, magazines, and other printed matter without governmental restriction and subject only to the laws of libel, obscenity, sedition, etc.

Freedom of Press refers to the right to publish or release relevant information to the public.

Case Studies

  1. The woman’s complaint about health and safety regarding the sauna had nothing whatsoever to do with ‘security’ issues. It was entirely inappropriate for the data controller to reveal cctv footage, while also bringing other individuals into it, which was obtained for ‘security’ purposes, to attempt to deal with this matter.  
  2. The inspection found that mobile phone numbers were collected when patrons of the club filled out a form that was passed around on given nights.
  1. Freedom of Press was justified by West Wood Club using their security footage in order to fully investigate their complaint.
  2. Freedom of Press was justified by the fact that those who went to the club willingly gave their details – however, it is unclear from the case study what they were told they would be used for.

From reading both case studies, I believe in both situations that those who made the complaint were in the right from an ethical point of view, as privacy was breached both times.

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