Max Mosley, the former Formula One chief, has had his privacy case rejected by The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
The case involved a bid from Mosley to force news organizations to notify the subjects of articles before they are published.
But the court rejected the case saying that it would undermine investigative journalism.
The court wrote: “Although punitive fines and criminal sanctions could be effective in encouraging pre-notification, that would have a chilling effect on journalism, even political and investigative reporting, both of which attracted a high level of protection under the convention”.
“That ran the risk of being incompatible with the convention requirements of freedom of expression.”
But Mosley said he would not give up the fight to change the laws.
Talking to BBC News Mosley said: “It’s not over yet.”
“I think it’s absolutely essential to do everything one can to preserve people’s privacy – people’s freedom in that sense – and whatever I can do in that regard I am going to do”.
“It’s a little bit sad there is a gap in the law which should have been closed where newspapers ambush people. It should have been closed. Maybe it will be one day.”
Mosley has been pushing for tighter privacy laws following the News of the World reported on his sex life in 2008.