The Clooneys threaten to sue for breach of privacy for publishing photographs of their children

July 30, 2017 |

Parents seeking to protect the privacy of their children from the snapping shutters of papparazi have given rise to significant jurisprudence, notably the New Zealand decision of Hosking v Runting and Murray v Express Newspapers.   The law has moved along in some common law jurisdictions, though not particularly well in Australia, where the jurisprudence is still mired in breach of confidence/misuse of private information claims in equity.  Clunky and not as good as a proper tort of invasion of privacy.

In Europe, France in particular, the privacy laws are quite strict.  It is therefore a little surprising that the BBC reports that a French Magazine, Voici, has published pictures of the Clooney’s infant twins taken by photographers who scaled a fence to enter private property and climbed a tree to get a vantage point. Voici’s argument that the photographs are in the public interest is thin.

The article provides:

George Clooney is threatening to sue a French magazine for publishing photos of his twins.

The actor said in a statement: “Over the last week photographers from Voici magazine scaled our fence, climbed our tree and illegally took pictures of our infants inside our home.”

Voici printed the pictures on Friday, claiming they were the first images of Ella and Alexander .

The magazine says there was “public demand” for the photos.

Amal Clooney gave birth to the children in London in June. The couple haven’t released photos of them.

They were at their home in Lake Como, Italy, when the Voici photos were taken.

George Clooney released a statement condemning the magazine for publishing the grainy shots on its front cover.

“Make no mistake, the photographers, the agency and the magazine will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The safety of our children demands it,” he said.

Voici argued that publishing the photos was in the public interest.

“People love George Clooney and have been following his life story for years now,” a statement from the magazine says.

“The birth of their twins, Ella and Alexander, has also been commented a lot, by themselves and their families.

“Those pictures do not put in danger Mr Clooney, his wife or their kids.”

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