Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions - First Report
Privacy and Injunctions

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Lords and the House of Commons to be printed 12 March 2012.


Terms of Reference

Executive Summary

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: The Evolution of Privacy Law

Privacy and freedom of expression as concepts

Evolution of privacy laws prior to the Human Rights Act 1998

Privacy and freedom of expression in the Human Rights Act 1998

Privacy and freedom of expression after the Human Rights Act 1998

Recent cases on privacy

Master of the Rolls' Committee on Super-Injunctions

Chapter 3: Is the Law Working?

The balance between articles 8 and 10

A privacy statute

Determining the public interest in private lives

Injunctions and section 12 of the Human Rights Act 1998

Cross-border enforcement of injunctions within the United Kingdom

Privacy, celebrities and public figures

Commercial viability of the press

Chapter 4: Improving Protection of PrivacyOnline enforcement


Costs and access to justice

Chapter 5: Better Regulation of news publications

The Press Complaints Commission

Privacy and the PCC

Independent regulation

Inclusion of all major publishers

Status of the regulator

Access for complainants

Effective sanctions

Arbitration and mediation

Chapter 6: Parliamentary Privilege and Injunctions

Freedom of speech in Parliament and injunctions

Compliance with injunctions in Parliament

Media reporting of parliamentary proceedings

Chapter 7: Conclusions and Recommendations

Appendix 1: Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions

Appendix 2: List of Witnesses

Appendix 3: Main findings of the Master of the Rolls' Committee on super-injunctions

Appendix 4: Call for Evidence

Appendix 5: Formal Minutes

Evidence is published online at and available for inspection at the Parliamentary Archives (020 7219 5314)

References in footnotes to the Report are as follows:

Q refers to a question in oral evidence;

Witness names without a question reference refer to written evidence.

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