UK lawmakers warn Twitter, Google over court orders

Written by Bloomberg | Updated: Mar 28 2012, 05:31am hrs
A panel of UK lawmakers said the government should consider new laws if search engines and social media platforms such as Google, Twitter and Facebook dont abide by court orders on peoples privacy. In a report published on Tuesday, Parliaments cross-party Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions cited the May 2011 case of soccer player Ryan Giggs, who got an injunction to keep details of an affair secret, only to find the information repeated 75,000 times on Twitter. Instead of calling for a new privacy law, the panel urged stronger enforcement of existing rules, saying prosecutors should lower the bar for bringing contempt of court actions against people who break injunctions and that the platforms should work to comply with them.