by Mike Masnick
Fri, Dec 12th 2008 11:34am
A UK woman is apparently suing a Croatian TV station for filming her walking in public and including the clip in a documentary about obesity. The woman never knew she was being filmed, and claims that this is "an attack on human dignity." The specific legal issues are pretty complex (it's in the UK, so it discusses the twists and turns of UK law on the issue), but it sounds like the right to privacy in such a case is hardly clear cut. Still, it does make you wonder what was really done wrong here. She was out in public, where anyone could see her -- and assuming the video accurately portrayed her and didn't change or distort the image, is it really an attack on her dignity? If so, would someone just looking at her in the street and thinking she's obese be an attack on her dignity? Where does that line fall?
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