Britain's bloggers do not have the right to keep their identities secret, High Court

Posted in: Legal & Security at 17/06/2009 19:17

Internet bloggers do not have the right to keep their identities secret, according to a landmark High Court ruling.

In the first case dealing with the privacy of bloggers, Mr Justice Eady refused to protect the anonymity of a police officer who wrote a prize-winning blog called NightJack.

The officer, Richard Horton, 45, a detective constable with Lancashire Constabulary, had written a behind-the-scenes insight into policing.

He sought an injunction to prevent him being named by a newspaper, arguing that it could put him at risk of disciplinary action for breaching regulations.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/lawandorder/5552019/Bloggers-do-not-have-the-right-keep-their-identities-secret-High-Court-rules.html

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Thousands of bloggers who operate behind the cloak of anonymity have no right to keep their identities secret, the High Court ruled yesterday.

In a landmark decision, Mr Justice Eady refused to grant an order to protect the anonymity of a police officer who is the author of the NightJack blog. The officer, Richard Horton, 45, a detective constable with Lancashire Constabulary, had sought an injunction to stop The Times from revealing his name.
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/the_web/article6509677.ece

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/jun/17/police-blogging

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