Privacy Advisor

Parliament Committee issues privacy recommendations

May 1, 2010

By Eduardo Ustaran

The House of Commons’ Culture Media and Sport Committee has released a report on press standards, privacy, and libel. The report makes recommendations aimed at balancing privacy and freedom of expression, and concludes that a new privacy law is not necessary. However, the committee has recommended the introduction of a requirement that journalists notify the subject of their articles prior to publication. The requirement would not be mandatory, but rather an aggravating factor in assessing damages. The ICO welcomed the report.

Eduardo Ustaran is head of the Privacy and Information Law Group at Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP, based in London. He is a member of the IAPP Education Advisory Board, co-chair of Knowledge-Net London, editor of Data Protection Law & Policy and co-author of E-Privacy and Online Data Protection. He may be reached at