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  • 15 June 2014, 9:52

Paul Weller's Wife Calls For New Child Privacy Law

Paul Weller's wife Hannah has launched a campaign to prevent images of children being published without the permission of parents.

The couple won damages of £10,000 from Associated Newspapers after the MailOnline used pictures taken of their three children's faces while on a family holiday in California in 2012.

They are now calling on the Government to change the law so that if an outlet wants to use a child's image without parental consent, the face must be pixellated.

Hannah Weller told Sky News: "Any parent would agree that it's not right that a grown man can follow their children around the streets, take photographs and then put them on the internet.

"It should be a criminal offence for everybody, not just for the children of the rich and famous."

Following the ruling in April, a spokesman for MailOnline said it was "deeply disappointed" by the judgement and that the pictures were "entirely in line with the law in California where they were taken by a freelance photographer".

The couple formally announced Protect: The Campaign for Children's Privacy outside the Royal Courts of Justice, including an online petition for a clearer law.

Other celebrities have pushed for the protection of their children in the past, including Harry Potter author JK Rowling, who won a landmark case in 2008 banning the publication of pictures taken of her son when he was 19 months old.

Actress Halle Berry successfully backed a change in Californian law this year which prevented the harassment of the children of famous figures.

Last month Charlize Theron told Sky News that media intrusion was comparable to rape.

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