Thursday, May 26, 2011

Twitter could hand over data that might identify users who break injunctions

Twitter is apparently prepared to hand over information that might identify thousands of users who broke super-injunctions online, according to a Telegraph report.

A senior executive says the social-networking site would hand over the data if "legally required" to do so.

Experts thought that Twitter users were protected because the site, based in America, was not bound by decisions of the British courts, but there was a warning last week that people who broke gagging orders online were in for a "rude shock".

Whoops! This could really open up a can of worms as it might encourage celebrities to take legal action.

But it would be impossible to identify people who, using internet cafes, had set up anonymous accounts with fake email addresses.



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