There isn't a privacy act in the UK. There never has been.
The myth of the right to privacy arose from the HRA which implied that the right to private and family life created one.
In fact that has been fairly heavily considered by the case law and it has crashed and burned. It is clear there is no free standing tort of breach of privacy in the UK and no real right arising from the HRA which, in any event, regulates Government actions not disputes between individuals.
The Data Protection Act does limit the way in which companies and public bodies can store information but it has no impact upon the conduct of individuals.
I'm afraid that one individual is perfectly free to record another if he chooses.
I'm very sorry if that is bad news.
Can I clarify anything for you?
I'm not for personal use.
A person is perfectly free to record and reveal it to who he likes.
He is perfectly free to post it if he chooses.
That is why people put videos on Youtube without consequence
Ok. Good luck.
I have at this and agree with everything that my colleague says.
Here is an article on the same subject.
he didn’t record a private conversation you are having with someone else, he recorded a conversation that you are having with him.
By all means go to court on this but you have to consider how much it’s going to cost to get into court (there is no legal aid) and if you’re court action fails, you are going to have to pay the defendant’s legal costs which could easily amount to £10,000.
It’s not a course of action that I would recommend.
However there is a different way of looking at this and that is that if there is history between you and the neighbour and this is just one count of actions that he has undertaken, you may be able to refer it to the police as a complaint against the neighbour under the Protection from Harassment. Kind regards.