I think I am going to do some hard thinking about the growing problems relating to privacy. In the past I have resisted a law on privacy because of the way it limits investigative journalism but that is less likely now that we have the counter balance of freedom of speech enshrined in the European Convention.
The Courts have been working out a balance but some of the press are determined to breach privacy on any matter (usually sexual) that sells papers regardless of genuine public interest.
In the past I have seen the Internet as equivalent to gossip in the street – something you can’t regulate. This however, takes a more complex turn if, as seems likely, some journalists have been using it as a way of bringing issues into the public domain in order to enable papers to publish details of private lives.
People at all levels in society do have a right to privacy.
We have a complex problem. Any views?