Feb 082011
 February 8, 2011  Posted by  Non-U.S., Online

If you’ve been protecting your tweets to keep them restricted to a small select following, your tweets as not as private as you may hope. But most of you probably knew that already, right? Robert Andrews reports:

The UK newspaper business, via its self-regulator the Press Complaints Commission, has effectively raised the middle finger to a government worker who had complained that newspapers’ republication of her tweets invaded her privacy.

Back in November, the Daily Mail and Independent quoted tweets in which Sarah Baskerville, AKA @Baskers, criticised government policy, appeared to support the Labour party and admitted to being hungover at work, the Department of Transport.

Baskerville lodged two separate complaints with the PCC, citing breach of privacy and inaccuracy.

But, in its first such ruling about Twitter, the PCC, said it was upholding neither: “While it was true in theory that anybody could view the information she had posted online, she argued that she had a ‘reasonable expectation that my messages…would be published only to my followers’.”

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