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Mosley loses privacy case

ESPNF1 Staff
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Max Mosley at the European Court of Human Rights in January this year © Getty Images

Former FIA president Max Mosley has lost his case in the European Court of Human Rights to force the media to inform people of stories about their private life before they are published.

Since the end of his final term at the FIA, Mosley has been campaigning for stricter privacy laws in the UK after details about his sex life were published in the News of the World in 2008. In front of the European Court of Human Rights, Mosley argued that under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights people had a right to be made aware of a paper's intention to publish an article about their private life in order to seek an injunction.

But judges in Strasbourg ruled that Article 8, which provides a right to respect for one's "private and family life, his home and his correspondence", did not require the media to give a story's subject notice before publication.

"The court is of the view that Article 8 does not require a legally binding pre-notification requirement," read a statement. "Accordingly, the court concludes that there has been no violation of Article 8 of the convention by the absence of such a requirement in domestic law.'

Mosley was quoted by the BBC as saying: "[I'm] obviously disappointed, but it's satisfying that they've been extremely critical of the News of the World. I think they've underestimated the danger from the UK tabloids but obviously they're the judges and one has to respect their decision."