Journal article

A Common Law of Privacy?

Megan Richardson

Singapore Journal of Legal Studies | National University of Singapore | Published : 2021


As comparative lawyer Otto Kahn-Freund observed in the mid-1970s, there is a “far reaching free trade in legal ideas. Far reaching, not all embracing”. We see this manifested in the law of privacy, whether understood in the traditional sense of freedom from intrusion into private life or some more extended sense of, for instance, control over personal information or physical or sensory integrity stretching beyond the enjoyment of an intimate interior private life. On the one hand, there is a great deal of cross-fertilisation across jurisdictions as elements of the law of one are copied in others, allowing certain broad groupings to evolve. On the other hand, there are still many differences ..

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