European Data Protection Digest

Advocates Concerned Over Proposed Defamation Bill

PRIVACY LAW—UK

June 14, 2012

UK website operators may soon have to identify people who have posted defamatory messages online, BBC News reports. Though current laws hold website operators liable for everything that appears on their site, the UK Ministry of Justice is proposing a defamation bill that would allow victims of disparaging comments to go after the individual that posted the remarks rather than the website. The group Privacy International says “there is a concern that gun-shy website operators will start automatically divulging user details the moment someone alleges defamation in order to shield themselves from libel actions.”
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