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Bloomberg loses privacy case in United Kingdom

February 16, 2022

Posted by Chris Roush

Bloomberg News has lost a privacy case at the UK’s highest court, which ruled on Wednesday that suspects in a criminal investigation have the right not to be named by media organizations until charges are brought, reports Jane Croft of The Financial Times.

Croft reports, “The Bloomberg case centred around an unnamed businessman, known only as ZXC, and his employer who were being investigated by a UK law enforcement agency.

“The UK agency sent a confidential letter to a foreign state asking for information and documents relating to the businessman. Bloomberg obtained a copy of the letter, and named the man in an article as well as detailing the subject of the investigation.

“The businessman had sued Bloomberg for misuse of private information and the High Court and Court of Appeal both found that Bloomberg had breached the businessman’s Article 8 rights under the European Convention on Human Rights. The media organisation appealed the decisions to the Supreme Court.

“Lawyers say the Supreme Court ruling could affect the ability of media organisations to report the early stages of a police investigation.”

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