Soccer fans, Twitter users defy UK privacy rules

May 23, 2011 - 4:59 AM

LONDON (AP) — Britain's privacy law is being hotly debated as Britain's rambunctious journalists, Twitter users and even sports fans defy a judge's order keeping the name of a well-known soccer star secret.

The sportsman's name has leaked to the public through various channels and Britain's prime minister says its time to rethink the restrictions judges are imposing on the country's press.

The sportsman successfully sued to stop allegations of an affair with a reality show contestant from being printed, but his identity has become widely known even though most media have followed the law and not reported it.

Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday it was "rather unsustainable when newspapers can't print something everyone is talking about."