UK Attorney General Ready To Prosecute Tweeters

Twitter users who intentionally or accidentally violate privacy injunctions are likely to find themselves in some serious trouble, a senior law officer in the UK government warned.

According to Attorney General Dominic Grieve, the man who issued this warning, individuals who are found to have been involved in such illegal activity could be sentenced for degrading the earlier verdict of court where it had imposed a sanction on publishing sensitive personal information.

Highlighting how seriously he takes the issue, Grieve also reportedly told the BBC that if needed, he would personally make sure that privacy injunction laws are strictly implemented.

He also made it quite clear that the law will not spare anyone found guilty on the issue, be it some individual twitter user, or some newspapers or any other form of print media.

"The law treats self-publication in the same way [as publication by the mainstream media]. It means that a whole lot of people are exposed to civil and criminal liability who wouldn't have been ten years ago," said Grieve, the BBC reports.

The legal ramifications of tweets has been in the limelight ever since the names of celebrities who used super-injunctions to protect their private lives were outed on the micro-blogging forum.