Supreme Court President, Lord Neuberger, took the opportunity in a speech opening a conference on privacy and the internet to call for a better balance between allowing freedom of expression online and the protection of individual privacy. He said that internet users should be subject to a new law which made it clear that, whilst they had the right to free speech, they also had responsibilities to those they wrote about. He said: “the law must reflect the importance of protecting this new platform for expression while recognising the need to determine the duties and responsibilities of those who exercise these vital rights”.

Supreme Court Speeches (PDF)