Feb 282011
 
 February 28, 2011  Posted by  Court, Non-U.S., Online

From Out-Law.com, a case in the U.K. where a judge declines to order identification of two anonymous commenters because the comments are no more than “pub talk:”

The Daily Mail does not have to identify the people behind two anonymously posted comments on its website because to do so would breach their rights to privacy, the High Court has said.

The subject of a news story had demanded information from the Daily Mail that would help her to identify the two commenters so that she could sue them for defamation, but the Court said that identification of those people would be disproportionate.

Mr Justice Sharp said that the posters’ rights to privacy were more important than the woman’s right to take legal action about comments that were little more than “pub talk”.

Read more in The Register.

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