In the last five years, the number of privacy and injunction cases brought before the courts in England and Wales have doubled.

The number of privacy cases heard before the courts of England and Wales have accelerated to one per week and 20% of these cases involve celebrities or politicians.

The editor of European Human Rights Law Review, Jonathan Cooper, said: “The debate over the use of privacy injunctions has reignited after a number of years in which their usage had tailed off.

“The media has expressed concerns that it is too easy for public figures to use this tool to control what was being published about their private lives.”

In addition, research carried out by Thompson Reuters highlighted a sharp increase in the number of privacy cases from 28 in 2009-10 to 58 in 2014-15.

A spokesman for Thompson Reuters said, “the number of reported court cases involving privacy arguments has reached a new high” and that a “key issue in many privacy cases is the extent to which individuals have a right to determine what happens to information after they have provided it to a company or a public sector body.”