10 July 2009

UK - Blogging detective has no right to privacy, rules High Court

(OUT-LAW News)
A controversial blogging detective has failed in his attempt to protect his anonymity and The Times newspaper has named him. The High Court said it was not its job to protect blogging police officers from disciplinary action over broken police rules. The author of the NightJack police blog, which has revealed details of cases and engaged in criticism of ministers potentially in breach of police rules, claimed that The Times should be stopped from naming him. He said that the newspaper owed a duty to keep the information confidential, and that he had a right to privacy. See The Author of A Blog v Times Newspapers Ltd [2009] EWHC 1358 (QB) (16 June 2009). See also Anonymous blogging in UK: NightJack / Times - other worrying issues (A Consuming Experience) by Improbulus.