Court orders ID reveal of blogging copper
As Britain readies itself for a bright new digital era, your right to remain anonymous on the net has taken a blow. This follows a High Court decision to refuse to preserve the anonymity of the popular police blogger ‘Night Jack.’
After The Times unearthed Jack’s real identity, his lawyers attempted to get an injunction preventing the newspaper from unmasking the secret policeman and winner of an Orwell prize for blogging. But Mr Justice Eady ruled that blogging was “essentially a public rather than a private activity” and that revealing Night Jack’s real identity was in the public interest.
So you can expect to find out who Night Jack is very soon, and Night Jack can probably expect to be hauled over the disciplinary cobbles by his police force bosses. And just what will The Times achieve from unmasking Night Jack? Not a great deal other than being able to say, ‘Ner ner ner ner ner, we know who Night Jack is!’ while probably bringing down the shutters on the most of the most interesting and eye-opening blogs on the net. EDIT: Oh look, it's already gone.
In an attempt to stay on the right side of the law, your Bitterwallet writers would now like to reveal their real identites. Andy Dawson is actually Clement V. Thunderfoot, Paul Smith’s real name is Zara M’P’tato while Vince Wong is a pseudonym for Dustin Diamond, better known of course as Screech from Saved By The Bell.
So now that you know the truth, are you any happier? You are? Oh…