Privacy and the public interest | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1757-1952
  • E-ISSN: 1757-1960



Privacy laws are fundamental to protecting individual freedom and autonomy against the tyranny of the majority, and the social orthodoxy imposed through gossip. While it is widely recognized within academic debate that there are limits to freedom of expression, there is little debate about the limits to the right of privacy. We argue that the public interest is a limit to the right of privacy, mediating between the rights of expression and freedom and the flow of information. In doing so, it clarifies not only when invasions of privacy are morally justified, but when claims to privacy are morally unjustified.


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