Withers’ media and reputation team offer some key tips on how you can keep your confidential information, confidential.
Preserving your privacy
In a crowded world you need the time and the space to live out your private life without fear of intrusion from the increasingly information, and gossip, hungry media as well as from other individuals and organizations.
With the rise of ‘fake news’ and the immediacy of social media, your privacy has never been at greater risk. Domestic laws in numerous jurisdictions offer legal means for keeping private and confidential information safe.
Whether or not you live in the public eye, you are entitled to respect for your private life. Under English and European law, an individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy and may restrain the publication of private information by third parties prior to its unauthorized disclosure. Further, confidential information that the recipient knew or ought to have known was confidential can be protected from disclosure without consent. Private and/or confidential information may include that relating to health and medical matters, children, intimate relationships, sexual matters and financial and business affairs.
You should be aware that private and confidential information must be carefully protected, or risk losing its private or confidential status forever. If you fear the exposure of private or confidential information – by a former lover, partner, spouse, business colleague, unknown and anonymous third party – do not delay in getting help.
We are experienced in advising clients on the protection of private information and its disclosure by individuals, the mainstream media and via social media, across the world. We are discrete and swift to initiate intervention – including where necessary via the authorities and/or courts – where it is needed.
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