Cameron is quoted yesterday as saying it is down to Parliament to make law on privacy, not judges.
Uh, I'm sorry sir, but judges form a third of British executive and unless you wish to stamp out centuries of stare decisis (the term defining the precedent rule layed down in the court) then you will be rocking the very foundations of British Law.
Privacy is, as Radio 4 put it, like an icecube. Once it has melted, it is gone.
Right to free speech is an integral part of the unwritten constitution, and Twitter embodies this approach, just on a slightly more accessible scale.
The previous Labour government tried to legislate on internet identity with the furiously debated Digital Economy Bill. This, passed a few days before the general election, in theory allows the government to trace file sharers by ISP address. However, almost immediately rerouting servers were established across the country and the sanctions have been largely evaded.
If this Government attempts to knobble Twitter users through ISP address location, when it is not in fact causing any significant harm, we will spring up like bine weed in another location.
Internet communication is largely asexual. Cut a bit off and it will grow another plant in that location.
And of superinjunctions? Well, if you don't want someone to know, don't do it. In the age of social networking modernity, we are all curbing our social excesses to avoid issues with work, partners, children and parents. Celebrities will have to live by the same rules.
In all honesty, Mr (redacted)'s affair with a bb star would cause less of a media sensation than Kate Moss snorting coke, and she didn't take out an injunction, so why did he need to?
Superinjunctions are currently creating a right for the rich and should be challenged on a social divide issue, as I said previously. All men should be equal in the eyes of the law and the press should be free to say what they wish (within libel law).
Most of the superinjunctions were discussed in bars around fleet street in the last six months anyway. Putting this on Twitter is no different. Will the government next try to record everything people say in bars to protect another randy footballer? Because legislating on Twitter is as ludicrous and outrageous.
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