John McLellan: Mosley fights for privacy while Facebook goes back to basics

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The lurid case of ex-Formula One head Max Mosley and the revelations about his sex life in the now-defunct News of the World is a staple of media law courses.

Readers may need no reminding that the paper ran a story alleging that the son of the British fascist leader had indulged in a “Nazi-themed” sado-masochistic orgy with five prostitutes and he sued for breach of privacy.

Kae 5eeWhile the Nazi element of the story turned out not to be true, the case hinged on Mosley’s expectation of privacy, rather than accuracy, and he won when the judge ruled the paper’s informant, one of the women involved, had breached Mosley’s confidence and that matters of private morality were not necessarily a…

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