Judge hammers Facebook post for privacy violation

A High Court judge has slammed an award of £15,000 in damages on a man for violating the privacy of his niece. He revealed she had been treated for mental illness and self harming.

Three hours and 35 viewers

The post was online for only three hours. It was seen by 35 people. This was enough to cause Mr Justice Lewis to call it a “serious intrusion” into her privacy.

Mental health “deeply personal”

Information about someone’s medical treatment and their mental health is deeply personal and recognised widely and being inherently private.”

If she wanted to reveal her history of treatment for mental illness and self harming then she could. Others should not reveal it if she did not.

The post was part of a long-running family feud.

The uncle is considering an appeal.

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