Press comment: Defamation and online privacy

Commenting on today‚Äôs report from the Joint Committee on the draft defamation bill, Nick Pickles, director of privacy and civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch, said: “Libel law as it stands is clearly not functioning properly, and is certainly not fit for a digital age.

“If people are posting defamatory material, publishers have a duty to remove that content. What is essential is that any take down process must follow due process and ensure that the law cannot be abused by larger parties to censor uncomfortable content – as is often the case under existing law.

“It is essential that the ability to post and publish anonymously online is protected and this report does not go far enough to explain how this can be done.”