The United Kingdom is known for Downton Abbey, earl grey tea and libel tourism. Yes, there have been countless lawsuits over free speech transcending continents, but as of May 2012 the British government overhauled such libel cases.
Privacy laws, however, could be the loophole. DWT’s Robert Balin, weighs his concerns with Fortune, “UK lawyers are repackaging libel claims as privacy cases,” attempting to replace libel damages with privacy damages for violating children’s privacy and turning defamation claims into privacy claims.
While nothing has been tested in court, “[t]he combustible materials and the matches are there. We’ll see if it catches fire.”