UK Supreme court landmark decision on the suspect’s privacy

On 16 February 2022, the Supreme Court in UK ruled against Bloomberg News in a landmark privacy case. The decision of the highest court stated that a person under a criminal investigation has a reasonable expectation of privacy before they are charged which effectively confirmed the ‘general rule’ of pre-charge anonymity. In its ruling, the Supreme court pointed out that ‘the question is how others, including a person’s inner circle, their business or professional associates and the general public, will react to the publication of information that that person is under criminal investigation. […] The person’s reputation will ordinarily be adversely affected causing prejudice to personal enjoyment of the right to respect for private life such as the right to establish and develop relationships with other human beings.’

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