Can I stop a book which names me and my family?

My sister-in-law has just published a book naming me and all my children and where we live. She has also falsely described our family life and assumed many things incorrectly. Is there anything I can do to make her change the names or remove the referrences altogether? She has produced the book through a small independant publisher but it is on sale on Amazon.

Kind Regards

Tracy

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Alasdair Taylor's Answer

There are two different categories of law that might help you here.

First, the publication of personal information may constitute an infringement of your privacy rights and/or rights under data protection law.

Second, the publication of false and damaging information may amount to defamation and/or malicious falsehood.

If you cannot persuade the author to withdraw the book from sale (or amend it as required), then you might consider approaching the publisher and/or Amazon with a complaint.  I do suggest, however, that you take advice from a suitable experienced lawyer before doing so. The relevant law is complex and a lawyer would need to review the book and discuss the background with you in order to determine whether you do, in fact, have a legal basis for a claim.

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