Missing People


In this article

  1. Editorial Guidelines Issues
  2. Summary of Main Points

Last updated: October 2010


Editorial Guidelines Issues

This guidance note should be considered in conjunction with the following Editorial Guidelines:

·       Privacy

See Editorial Guidelines Section 7 Privacy

Summary of Main Points


  • When people go "missing" it is not always the case that they have been harmed or are seeking to evade the law. We need to consider at what point their right to privacy outweighs the public interest in identifying them, or the desire of family and friends to trace them, in the context of a BBC programme or website.

  • Their right to privacy should be considered in relation to their age, their legal status, their state of health and the circumstances of their disappearance.


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