1 InTheBaltic Privacy policy is based on Guardian News and Media Editorial Code

1) Everyone is entitled to respect for his or her private and family life, home, health and correspondence, including digital communications;

2) Editors will be expected to justify intrusions into any individual’s private life without consent. The account will be taken of the complainant’s public disclosures of information;

3) It is unacceptable to photograph individuals in private places without their consent. Private places are public or private property where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy;

Harassment

1) Journalists must not engage in intimidation, harassment or persistent pursuit;

2) They must not persist in questioning, telephoning, pursuing or photographing individuals once asked to desist; nor remain on their property when asked to leave and must not follow them. If requested, they must identify themselves and whom they represent;

3) Editors must ensure these principles are observed by those working for them and take care not to use non-compliant material from other sources;

Clandestine devices and subterfuge

1) The press must not seek to obtain or publish material acquired by using hidden cameras or clandestine listening devices; or by intercepting private or mobile telephone calls, messages or emails; or by the unauthorised removal of documents or photographs; or by accessing digitally-held private information without consent;

2) Engaging in misrepresentation or subterfuge, including by agents or intermediaries, can generally be justified only in the public interest and then only when the material cannot be obtained by other means;

Children in sex cases

1) The press must not, even if legally free to do so, identify children under 16 who are victims or witnesses in cases involving sex offences;

2) In any press report of a case involving a sexual offence against a child;

3) The child must not be identified;

4) The adult may be identified;

5) The word “incest” must not be used where a child victim might be identified;.

6) Care must be taken that nothing in the report implies the relationship between the accused and the child;

Hospitals

1) Journalists must identify themselves and obtain permission from a responsible executive before entering non-public areas of hospitals or similar institutions to pursue enquiries;

2) The restrictions on intruding into privacy are particularly relevant to enquiries about individuals in hospitals or similar institutions.

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