The Daily Telegraph reports that a number of US Navy SEALs are bringing a privacy action against the Associated Press News Agency for distributing pictures which appear to show them abusing prisoners. The SEALS claim that the pictures were taken from a private password-protected photo album and that there was no need to show the SEALs’ faces as this could put them in danger. The agency has said that the photos came from a commercial picture-sharing website.
The IPKat notes that if this case was played out in the UK the issue would be a tricky one. If the pictures really do show abuse taking place then any breach of confidence or privacy claim might be unsuccessful based on the principle that there is no confidence in an iniquity. However, if the pictures put their subjects in danger then the human right to life may also have a part to play.
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