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UK privacy law chaos in Ryan Giggs affair

Tue 2011-May-24 @ +08 07:31:53 am

from the Guardian:
A complete recasting of social media and internet regulation was signalled by the government as an MP used parliamentary privilege to name Ryan Giggs. [The prime minister,] David Cameron, facing an increasingly aggressive tabloid campaign to stop the high court granting injunctions protecting the privacy of celebrities, announced a joint parliamentary committee to examine the complex related issues of privacy, injunctions, the regulation of the internet and the role of the press complaints commission. He said the current position was not sustainable. Privacy laws left in chaos after Ryan Giggs named by MP

Injunction stays, says court

The Sun fails in latest bid to lift footballer’s gagging order: high court refuses to overturn injunction despite player’s identity being revealed by Twitter and a Scottish newspaper.

In a written judgment Mr Justice Eady said: “It is fairly obvious that wall-to-wall excoriation in national newspapers, whether tabloid or broadsheet, is likely to be significantly more intrusive and distressing for those concerned than the availability of information on the internet or in foreign journals to those, however many, who take the trouble to look it up.” » The judgement in full

Video: The girl in the Ryan Giggs affair


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