The right to privacy: working paper, Stockholm, Sweden, May 22-23, 1967

The purpose of the present paper is to provide a basis for discussion, ultimately intended to result in conclusions.

The legal problem may be briefly described as the question of how to define and protect a person’s legitimate interest in being, as an American judge has put it, “let alone”, i.e. in defending his private sphere of life against intrusions committed by public servants or private subjects – particularly against such intrusions as do not fall, because committed in subtler ways, within the well-established definitions of torts and offences against persons and property committed by means of physical violence – and in defending himself against the publication of facts pertaining to that sphere of life, including such elements as his name and likeness.

right to privacy-congress report-1967-eng (full text in English, PDF)


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