In five days or this Friday 8th of June 2018 will mark 5 years since the passing of the Privacy Reform Laws collectively known as PXG103-T10, passed by the UN on the 8th of June 2013.
If you are unaware of what these entail then I shall explain the most significant points.
- No picture of an individual can be shared through physical or digital media without the express written consent of the individual or significant financial compensation.
- A person’s personal information cannot be shared over any platform or media. With the following exceptions: If a person has an alias, the height, colouration and visual appearance of this alias can be shared freely. If a person is a hero, politician, celebrity or other person of significant position that involves the attention of the media and public, events that they are involved in that are of important significance to members of the public, can be shared freely. If a person is a criminal and wanted by police all of their information can be shared freely if the law enforcement responsible for their arrest requires it to be shared.
- Any pictures or film taken of an individual or group, spying of a person, recording of a person’s movements, physical or digital is illegal. The punishment of which is significant financial compensation, or life imprisonment, death penalty is allowed for countries where that is legal.
- When it comes to financial compensation of the deceased it shall go to their next of kin. If there is no living next of kin, the local government body is responsible for distributing the money how they see fit.
- Any financial compensation of a criminal is to be rewarded to the local government body.
The passing of these laws has received mixed response, on the one hand it is a victory for personal protection and privacy, it has helped prevent corporate spying, mass paparazzi and protect the private lives of those who would otherwise be crushed by the limelight of their responsibilities. The law was initially conceived after the Redhand incident, the Hero known as the Redhand committed suicide after his family was targeted by terrorists, who got the family’s personal information from the newspaper. The Redhand wrote in their suicide note about the difficulties and anxieties his Hero life put on him and his family, predominately by the inhumanity of the press and paparazzi, the constant hounding in his private life, he blamed the press for his suicide, for in his time of greatest grief was when he was hounded the greatest amount, The Redhand was debt ridden at the time of his demise, being a hero did not pay much and the cost of being in the public eye was extremely great, hence the mentions of significant financial compensation.
Although these laws are predominantly good, it has been a great cause for concern for many. PXG103-T10 has been heralded as the killer of small media and social media. Small media companies such as small local newspapers have not had the fortune required to pay out compensation to Heroes, Celebrities and Politicians, or the notability to request written consent to use their image or any information about them in their articles (This is the reason you do not see many pictures on our website or within our newspaper.). Social media has become a complex system of laws and rules with people being forced to tiptoe around at risk of being sued.
But we at Fluff Tuft News wish to know your thoughts on the matter, so to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of these laws we are going to have 5 days, leading up to the anniversary, of Pete On The Street, asking for your opinions.