Jeremy Hunt: Technology makes ‘an ass’ of privacy law

Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that technology is making “an ass” of the law, as platforms like Twitter continue to undermine the privacy granted to celebrities by judges though the use of superinjunctions.

Talking at Google’s Big Tent event in London, the MP said: “Technology has made a bit of an ass of the law. We have this very unfortunate and unsustainable situation where newspapers are not able to print things that are freely available on the internet. We have to remember that the internet has been a huge force for freedom before going in with big ambitions to clamp down on this part of the net.”

He also took the opportunity to suggest that judges’ separate interpretations of the Human Rights Act has been “inconsistent”. Currently, superinjunctions are granted at the behest of judges, who determine the public interest in certain stories being withheld from the press.

“Law has not caught up with changes in technology, and we need to have a big think about how we take things forward,” he added. Hunt will soon meet with justice secretary Ken Clarke to discuss solutions to the issue, although he has in the past been cautious to the idea of introducing a privacy law. Clarke, on the other hand, has told the Commons he would consider the introduction of a law that would help judges determine whether granting injunctions is appropriate.

(Source: MediaGuardian)




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