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The Human Rights Act 1998


The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) was introduced into UK law on 1 October 2000 when the Human Rights Act came into force. Article 8 is relevant here:

Article 8
Right to respect for private and family life
  1. Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.

  2. There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.

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Last updated: 11 Sep 14