'Is it in the public interest?' is a question you need to ask before publishing personal information. The more private or intimate the information is, the greater the public interest justification needs to be.
This is a general and brief account of privacy law and some of the issues that may arise for journalists. It is not a comprehensive account of the law in this area, nor should it be relied upon to make any judgment. BBC journalists should always take specific advice from the BBC’s legal team.
Of course, what is in the public interest is not the same as what is of interest to the public.