Wikipedia’s boss Jimmy Wales has entered the debate over the UK’s superinjunctions claiming current privacy laws are a human rights violation.The online encyclopaedia has fallen foul of UK privacy law in recent weeks, with details about those using super injunctions appearing on the site.
Mr Wales said that such information would be removed because it did not come from a reliable source, however he said that might change if the stories ran in foreign newspapers.
Mr Wales said his personal view was that privacy laws were “grave injustices and human rights violations”.
Wikipedia is owned by the US-based charity the WikiMedia Foundation and and is therefore subject to US law.
That is the same legal loophole that has allowed Twitter to continue publishing details about the private lives and subsequent super injunctions of a range of celebrities.
It has said it will not identify the user who has been exposing the super injunction people on the site, despite the fact that some of the details appear to be untrue.
Experts warned that the lawyers of celebrities could turn the tables, pressing for ISPs and firms such as Twitter to hand over the details of who is publishing comments on the site.
To do so they would need to obtain what is known as a Norwich Pharmacal order from a judge, the same process used by rights holders to force ISPs to hand over details about alleged illegal file-sharers.
The legislative net also appears to be closing in on social media sites with the UK culture secretary Jeremy Hunt saying places such as Twitter “made a mockery” of privacy laws.
Meanwhile Twitter continues to ride high on the furore, recording its busiest day of online traffic last week.