p. 744. Privacy and freedom of expression
- Raymond Wacks
The genesis of the American law’s protection of privacy was its concern to limit or control the extent to which an individual’s private life is subjected to unauthorized publicity conducted by the media. The tabloid press in Britain has been embroiled in a number of cases involving royalty, pop stars, film stars, fashion models, and the like. The telephone hacking scandal in the United Kingdom led to the the Leveson Inquiry Report of 2012—the most comprehensive investigation into the ethics and practice of the media, with a significant section devoted to privacy and media intrusion. Its recommendations relating to media self-regulation continue to engender heated debate in Britain. The Internet raises new, intractable problems that surface almost daily. The extent to which privacy is voluntarily relinquished by users of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube is examined, and proposals for reform are considered.