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Government response to the fifth report of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee: session 2002 to 2003

This document contains the following information: Government response to the fifth report of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on 'Privacy and media intrusion'.

This was published under the 2001 to 2005 Labour government

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Privacy and media intrusion: the Government's response to the fifth report of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on 'Privacy and media intrusion' (HC 458-I) session 2002-03

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This document contains the following information: Privacy and media intrusion: the Government’s response to the fifth report of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on ‘Privacy and media intrusion’ (HC 458-I) session 2002 to 2003.

This document details the Government’s reply to the Committee’s 5th report (HCP 458-I, session 2002 to 2003; ISBN 0215011228) regarding the balance between protecting media freedom of expression and ensuring respect for the private lives of individuals. The Committee made a number of recommendations aimed at improving the system of self regulation and the work of the Press Complaints Commission, including the need for a privacy law to clarify the protection that individuals can expect from unwarranted intrusion by anyone, not just the media. The Government’s rejects this suggestion, arguing that existing legislation is capable of dealing with privacy issues, and the focus should be on ensuring that the press meet their responsibilities under the terms of the industry’s Code of Practice.

This Command Paper was laid before Parliament by a Government Minister by Command of Her Majesty. Command Papers are considered by the Government to be of interest to Parliament but are not required to be presented by legislation.

Published 14 October 2003