Lock-in at the Last Chance Saloon: an investigation into the role of privacy law for the UK press

Merritt, Sophie (2015) Lock-in at the Last Chance Saloon: an investigation into the role of privacy law for the UK press. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    In recent years a doubt has been cast on the UK popular press due to its standards, facing particular criticism for its intrusiveness and infamous breaches of privacy. In a time post-Leveson where it was intended for the press to be back on its feet and operating in an ethical manner, press regulation is being critiqued more than ever, begging the question of whether it is time to impose stricter rules. With a British Bill of Rights proposed by the Conservative party, and human rights laws being challenged on a regular basis, this dissertation examines the role of privacy law in the UK press today. By studying the development of privacy law since the 19th Century, the state of legislation today and the efficiency of press regulation, the paper determines if there is a need for privacy legislation to be implemented for the press. Through research into French privacy laws as well as investigating the notion of a British Bill of Rights, the dissertation also assesses how a reform of human rights laws could impact the UK press in terms of the privacy versus freedom of expression debate. In its conclusion, the study finds that for privacy law to be effective in regards to the press, clearer definitions of the term and more detailed guidelines must be established. The dissertation also concludes that press regulation alone is not a sufficient means of controlling matters of privacy, and that a further analysis would be required in the future to determine the impact a Bill of Rights has had on the UK press.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2015 15:05
    Last Modified: 07 Jul 2015 15:05
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/17624

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