2All of these celebrities and many more have spoken out against violations of their privacy, or else they have fought court cases against the media in regards to what they believe to be an intrusion of their privacy.
3A Public Figure Definition: This refers to any person who receives frequent media attention, or is well-known in a particular area.
4Intrusion Definition: Any set of actions that attempt to compromise the integrity, confidentiality or availability of a resource.
5Examples Of Celebrities Who Have Been Involved In Privacy Cases “Snaps in the Maldives broke the law,” says judge.On Thursday, 15 May 2008 Hugh Grant,Liz Hurley and her husband Arun Nayaron a privacy case in the High Courtagainst 2 picture agencies: Big Pictures(UK) Ltd and Eliot Press SARL.The agencies have been ordered to pay£58,000 damages after taking snaps of theTrio at a private resort in the Maldives inOctober last year.The judge agreed that images of Hugh, 47,Liz, 42, and Arun, 43, were taken covertly.Hugh Grant and Liz Hurley
6Earlier this month at the UCLA Medical Centre in LA14 workers resigned, retiredor were fired – and ninephysicians were suspendedfor peeking at the records ofBritney Spears during ahospitalization this year.Farrah Fawcett was involvedin a similar incident.
7Anna Ford, the BBC newsreader, appealed to the Press Complaints Commission, aftershe, her partner and her children went onholiday to a secluded beach resort inMajorca. During the vacation aphotographer, with a long lens camera, tooka photo of her applying sun cream.The photo appeared in OK! magazine andthe Daily Mail. However, her complaint wasrejected as the Commission disagreed andargued that the beach was a public place.Her appeal to court on Tuesday was alsorejected, as the judge agreed with thecommission even though he was said tohave "clear and genuine sympathy" for MsFord.Do you think this act was a violationof Ms Ford’s privacy?
8Example of exam question ‘Our obsession with the private lives of publicfigures proves the poverty of our own lives’Discuss.You might consider:whether the media are only giving the public what it wants.the benefits to the public figures themselves of ‘exposure’.the ethics of media intrusion into private lives.
9When answering the question you might also want to consider: Why are we as ‘ordinary’ people so interested in the private lives of these public figures?AndOught the privacy of public figures to be intruded upon?