Publicity and privacy in land registration in Scotland

Arthur, Michael W. (2018) Publicity and privacy in land registration in Scotland. LL.M(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

This dissertation takes two seemingly incompatible concepts, publicity and privacy, and analyses them in the context of land registration. In Scotland, generally the transfer or creation of real rights in land requires registration in the Land Register. This external act of registration meets the property law principle of publicity, which ensures third parties are protected by being able to gather information on rights which are enforceable against them. A number of reforms have been implemented recently in order to improve the fulfilment of the publicity principle and there have also been wide-ranging reforms to the law and practice of registration generally with the stated goal of improving transparency. At the same time, protection of privacy, particularly in relation to personal information, has become evermore important and is analysed as a significant aspect of personal autonomy, identity and self-determination. Recent legislation such as the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Data Protection Act 1998 have introduced a number of measures to protect against unjustified violations to privacy and the harms which can result from privacy invasions. This dissertation undertakes a detailed examination of how the publicity principle of property law and the protection of privacy can operate alongside one another in the modern land registration system of Scotland. It concludes that the publicity principle does not necessarily require unfettered public access to land information and recommends a number of law reform measures which would enhance privacy protection while still allowing for the publicity principle to be met.

Item Type: Thesis (LL.M(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Keywords: Property law, publicity, privacy, land registration.
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KD England and Wales > KDC Scotland
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Funder's Name: Registers of Scotland
Supervisor's Name: Robbie, Dr. Jill
Date of Award: 2018
Depositing User: Michael Arthur
Unique ID: glathesis:2018-8699
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2018 14:05
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2018 10:29
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/8699

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