| Commentary

240 Freedom of expression

| Commentary

240 Freedom of expression

There is an inherent conflict between an individual’s right to privacy, including the protection of personal data, and the freedom of expression that is necessary to guarantee a free press. The European Convention on Human Rights includes these competing rights that are now incorporated in domestic legislation with the implementation of the Human Rights Act in October 2000.

The Data Protection Act 1998 specifically preserves the freedom of the press in exempting the processing of personal data from the Act’s protection and accessibility principles if such processing is for journalistic, literary or artistic purposes and

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