New Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions calls for evidence

09 September 2011

Parliament's new Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions, chaired by John Whittingdale MP, has issued a call for written evidence on the questions it will be considering in its forthcoming inquiry

The main areas which the committee expects to cover are:

  1. how the statutory and common law on privacy and the use of anonymity injunctions and super-injunctions has operated in practice
  2. how best to strike the balance between privacy and freedom of expression, in particular how best to determine whether there is a public interest in material concerning people's private and family life
  3. issues relating to the enforcement of anonymity injunctions and super-injunctions, including the internet, cross-border jurisdiction within the United Kingdom, parliamentary privilege and the rule of law
  4. issues relating to media regulation in this context, including the role of the Press Complaints Commission and the Office of Communications (OFCOM)

The deadline for written evidence is October 6th, with oral evidence sessions commencing later in October.

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