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Someone is threatening to publish something private about me and/or my family

Everyone is entitled to a private and family life, even those in the media spotlight, and there are a number of legal remedies available to protect your privacy.

Private information can include many things, for example personal medical records, private photographs or details about your personal or sex life.

If you are worried that someone is about to publish private information about you or your family, there are steps you can take to prevent publication. Remedies can include seeking an injunction to prevent publication of the private information. Whatever the situation, it is important to act quickly and seek legal advice as soon as possible.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

How can Vardags help?

We know how distressing threats of media publication can be.

We regularly engage with the media to halt the publication of private information about our clients.

In many cases, the matter can be resolved through legal correspondence. However, we are also expert at making applications for emergency injunctions at short notice if necessary. When considering whether to grant an emergency injunction, the court will conduct a two-stage test:

  • Do you have a reasonable expectation of privacy in relation to the information?
  • If yes, they will balance that right against the media’s right to freedom of expression.

As part of this balancing exercise, the court will consider whether there is a public interest in the information. Public interest has to be genuine; it is not enough that the information is simply interesting to the public.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

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Despite what many think, the internet is not the wild west and the law does still apply to individuals posting content online, even those posting anonymously.

There are legal remedies available to prevent the publication of private information online, including seeking an emergency injunction. Because information can spread so quickly on the internet, it’s vital to act quickly if someone is threatening to publish your private information online.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

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Private photographs of you can constitute private information. For example, the threatened publication of intimate photographs / videos taken by an ex-partner, who is now threatening to leak them online.

There are a number of potential remedies in this situation. As well as the law of privacy and the law of harassment, there are specific statutes dealing with so-called ‘revenge porn’. It can constitute a criminal offence of disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress. Crucial to the offence are: (a) the lack of consent of the individual appearing in the photograph and film; and (b) the intent to cause that individual distress. The offence carries a maximum two-year sentence on conviction.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

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Children in the UK are presumed to have privacy rights and their rights are given higher protection than those of adults. Use of their images in the media without parental consent and in situations where they have a reasonable expectation of privacy therefore amounts to a misuse of private information.

So in circumstances where children have a reasonable expectation of privacy and there is no parental consent, then pictures which include the children’s faces cannot be published unless their faces are pixelated. This protection extends quite far. The courts have ruled that children, even those of prominent individuals or celebrities, can have a reasonable expectation of privacy when out in public.

These rules can also prohibit the media scouring social media and publishing photographs of children taken from social media sites in order to simply accompany a story about their parents or family.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

It’s never too early or too late to take expert advice. Find out why.

The first step is to engage with the media to try and stop them publishing the private information. We regularly engage the media over such issues and know the most powerful legal arguments to make on your behalf.

Often the situation can be resolved through legal correspondence. However, if the media won’t agree not to publish, then we can apply to court for an emergency injunction to prevent the publication of the information.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

It’s never too early or too late to take expert advice. Find out why.

Being ‘door-stepped’ (where the press come to your home) or otherwise hounded by the press is obviously very upsetting, whether you are high-profile or not. We can help you take back control of the situation.

Paparazzi and journalists are bound by certain codes of ethics such as the IPSO Code and Ofcom Code. We can work to ensure that journalists are reminded of their ethical duties. Additionally, we can assist with minimising the risk of you being harassed by ensuring that personal details such as your home address are less readily available to the public.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

It’s never too early or too late to take expert advice. Find out why.

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