Breaking news: UK judge moves to jail Twitter writer for tweeting details of a UK superinjunction

[Dana Banona, Privacy Law Contributor]

MailOnline: Last week, in what will turn out to be a test case for the enforceability of  UK superinjunctions when they have been deliberately breached on social networking sites such as Twitter, an England footballer who had obtained a superinjuction, has asked the court granting it to prosecute the writer who deliberately flounted it on Twitter.  Mr. Justice Tugendhat, a UK privacy judge, has referred the case to the UK Attorney General for consideration of prosecution.

A UK privacy order, or superinjunction, is an order of a UK court and those who breach it commit a ‘contempt of court‘ which is punishable by imprisonment.  As the privacy injunction appears to be been deliberately breached on Twitter, it is more than likely that the violator, a well-known writer, will face criminal prosecution quite shortly.

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