2023-02-01 11:05:17

Prying Eyes: Neighbors Win Privacy Feud With UK Tate Gallery

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By Associated Press

LONDON (AP) The U.K. Supreme Court says people who live in glass houses have a right to privacy too.

The court ruled Wednesday that a viewing platform at Londons Tate Modern art gallery made residents of glass-walled luxury apartments next door feel like animals in a zoo, and impeded the ordinary use and enjoyment of their homes.

The justices overturned earlier lower court rulings that sided with Tate Modern in the long-running privacy battle between the gallery one of Londons biggest tourist attractions and residents of four apartments in the neighboring Neo Bankside complex.

Justice George Leggatt said that the platform is visited by hundreds of thousands of people a year, who frequently take photographs of the interiors of the flats and sometimes post them on social media."

It is not difficult to imagine how oppressive living in such circumstances would feel for any ordinary person much like being on display in a zoo, he wrote in the court's majority ruling.

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