Chelsea Clinton settles privacy case over children’s pictures

Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinsky have settled a privacy claim they brought on behalf of their children against Associated Newspapers. Associated Newspapers are the publishers of the Daily Mail and the MailOnline website. They had published unpixellated photographs of the couple’s two children, then aged 3 and 1, in which their faces were ‘clearly visible’ in a series of articles in 2017.

The claim alleged misuse of private information and breach of data protection law and was contested by Associated Newspapers. However, on 10 January the High Court heard that a settlement had been reached. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

The case bears some similarities to the case which ‘The Jam’ singer Paul Weller brought on behalf of his three children over the publication of pictures of them in the street during a family outing in California. That case went as far as the Court of Appeal, which upheld the findings in favour of Weller and the award of a total of £10,000 in damages. Both cases show that particular care must be taken with the use of images of children.