The High Court found that while the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 prevented unmarried couples from claiming an entitlement to bereavement damages, the right to privacy and family life under the Convention was not engaged. The Court indicated that it hoped the outcome of this case would provoke further discussion in Parliament about possible reform of the law.
Not a breach of Article 8 to prohibit defendants from using facebook
The High Court ruled that defendants could be prohibited from accessing their facebook accounts, despite this being a violation of their Article 8 rights, because the balance weighed in favour of preserving evidence.
The plaintiff had sent a sexualised photograph of herself to one of the defendants, at a time when they were in a relationship. After the relationship ended, the defendants published the photograph. She asserted that this undermined her independence, her dignity, her right to privacy and was in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998.