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Welcome to the website for the Modern technologies, privacy law and the dead Project.

This project is funded by a Leverhulme Research Project Grant 2020

Latest blog posts

Summary of the MLR Workshop ‘Emerging Technologies, Personality Laws and the Dead’

A recent workshop on ‘Emerging Technologies, Personality Laws and the Dead’ held virtually on Monday 19th April, sponsored by The Modern Law Review, brought together academics from various disciplines, legal practitioners and other key experts to discuss a range of issues surrounding privacy and personality rights of the dead in the digital era. With predictions […]

Dealing with accident-scene images

Holly Hancock Note: this blog post contains descriptions of death/trauma experienced by families that may be distressing. American Basketball star Kobe Bryant was tragically killed in a helicopter crash in January 2020 along with his young daughter and seven others.[1] Earlier this month (17th March 2021), it was reported that his widow, Vanessa Bryant, had […]

The dilemma of death images: a right to survivor’s privacy?

Holly Hancock Losing a loved one is painful enough, but imagine if those final, traumatic moments are captured on camera and shared online through social media.  Below is a graphic description of one family’s experiences (for which, sadly, they are not alone).    Last month, there was news coverage of Carol Campbell’s son, Craig Small, […]

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