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Supreme Court: Internet Data Could Prevent Fair Trial

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

February 18, 2011

The Australian Supreme Court has ordered newspapers to delete certain articles from their Web sites, saying that they could impact the fairness of an upcoming trial, The Age reports. The jurors on the trial will also be ordered to refrain from reading about or discussing the case, but "The confidence in the integrity of the jurors does not mean the court should not protect them from incidents that put their integrity to the test," said Justice Derek Price. One publishing executive described the decision as "the modern equivalent of burning books," and a civil liberties advocate said the order appears to "discriminate against the Internet because courts never ordered the removal of a microfiche from every library in the state."
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