- The English Legal System 7th Edition (J Martin)
- Article eight states that every person has the right to resect of his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.
- Prior to the Human Rights Act, there was no general right in English law to privacy.
- In the past there have been many people with a high public profile, such as the royal family, sports personalities, film and television stars have suffered from media intrusion into their private lives.
- In Douglas and others v Hello! Ltd (2001) the Court of Appeal had to consider whether there was a breach of Article eight when Hello! magazine published unauthorised pictures of the wedding of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The court stated it had to be balanced against the right to freedom of expression under Article ten.
- Article eight is wide in application, as seen in Hatton v United Kingdom (2001). In this case the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the increase in the level of noise caused by aircraft using Heathrow airport was a breach
- The Act provides that a person whose rights are violated by a public authority may bring proceedings against that authority. A court can award damages only if it is satisfied that is it necessary 'to afford just satisfaction'.
- 47 member states of the European Union.