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Children’s privacy marches on in ECHR

By Steven | February 17, 2009

The European Court of Human Rights has gone much further than NZ’s Hosking case in protecting children’s privacy. Parents of a newborn baby snapped by a private clinic in its┬ásterile unit successfully argued that the taking (and keeping) of the photos (even without publication) without parental consent breached the child’s right to private life. This effectively grants an image right, at least in those circumstances.

Remember that the legal framework is different in Europe, though. Their fundamental human rights document protects privacy and free speech equally. Our Bill of Rights Act doesn’t explicity mention privacy. Still, the legal trend is clearly toward greater protection, particularly for children.

Topics: NZ Bill of Rights Act, Privacy tort | 1 Comment »

One Response to “Children’s privacy marches on in ECHR”

  1. pmcgregor Says:
    August 10th, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Hi Stephen

    Do you know if there is an English version of this case?

    Paul McGregor


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