The test of what is legally considered to be 'in the public interest' has
long been distinguished from what is 'of interest to the public'. However,
the line between these definitions has recently been blurred by the decision
of Mr Justice Langely to refuse the Beckham's application to prevent their
nanny releasing confidential information regarding their home life.
It had been argued that the Beckhams, by putting themselves at the forefront
of the public eye and portraying a perfect family life, made it in the public
interest to know that this image was flawed. Quite how this can be reconciled
with the necessity for confidentiality of contracts between the famous and
their employees remains to be seen.