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New laws for internet are likely, Leveson warns

Lord Justice Leveson has warned that internet gossip gives rise to the risk of 'permanent and disproportionate' harm being done. Credit: PA

Lord Justice Leveson said today that it was likely that new laws will need to be developed to protect people's privacy on the internet.

"While legal norms are in many respects capable of application to the internet, it is likely that new ones and new laws will need to be developed," he told a privacy seminar in Sydney.

He said that internet gossip that "names and shames" individuals risked "permanent and disproportionate" harm being done.