The right to victims of rape and sexual assault to remain
anonymous is an area of the law that faces an enormous challenge in
this era of information freedom. Many victims would not go to the
police if they knew that their name would be splashed across the
newspapers – whether a celebrity is involved or not
– and traditional newspapers and broadcasters have always
respected the law in this respect.
But now there is Twitter. It takes just one tweet from somebody
with inside knowledge of a case and the victim details are
published and cannot be erased. Those wanting to avoid detection
can easily create a new Twitter account in a different name within
The implication is clear. Technology can be used by people with
inside knowledge of a subject to broadcast it to the media and
general public, with very little fear of recrimination.
This affects many areas of life where sensitive information is
managed. Jurors tweeting their opinion as a trial proceeds are
already disrupting court proceedings. Medical professionals are
tweeting about celebrities receiving treatment – and
assuming that they can go to a hospital without news of their
condition being broadcast to the world.
In technological terms, the genie has already escaped. We cannot
turn back the clock to an age before Twitter so it appears that the
approach to this problem can only be the improved education of
professionals who deal with sensitive information and greater
measures – such as immediate dismissal – for
medical or legal professionals who misuse social networks. It is
not ideal, but then the world has changed forever.
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