Privacy and freedom of speech under Google’s Big Tent

The application of privacy laws on the Internet has sparked a heated debate between the media and regulators in the UK. While every day new details emerge from the News of the World phone hacking scandal, on 20 May a report by top judges called for a change in the use of ‘super-injunctions’ – a particular kind of injunction which prevents journalists from publishing information about the applicant. On the same day, the UK high court granted a search order against Twitter because of its online users’ repeated attempts to reveal the identity of a famous footballer hiding behind a privacy injunction. A case that, according to The Guardian, made lord chief justice Lord Judge say that “modern technology was totally out of control”…

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