Surf’s up online – but is it safe?

Once there was a time when our mistakes lasted as long as our memories. But today, the internet has become a dominant media channel, and it has a very long (and public) memory. Protecting your privacy and reputation is now more than ever, a complex business. Continue reading

The battle against revenge porn

Last summer we reported on the then new crime of ‘revenge porn’ under the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015. A year on, and the CPS has today released figures showing the extent of its successes in tackling the growing phenomena of bullying and humiliating online abuse. Continue reading

Online abuse – it’s no joke

A man who posted messages on Facebook threatening Tory MP Charlotte Leslie has been sentenced to eight weeks in prison. The MP voted in favour of British airstrikes in Syria but was then subjected to threats which even the defendant’s counsel in mitigation described as ‘despicable’ and as going ‘far beyond any sort of legitimate protest’. Continue reading

The police ‘think digital’ to fight cybercrime

Social media is the new media. And social media is also the new social. Ask ‘next gen’ and they’ll confirm that they arrange their social affairs, speak to their friends – real and virtual – and even conduct relationships, via some electronic gadget or another. But in the same way as they can do in the pub, the gym, or the street, on social media people can get a little anti-social. And reports show that crime is as becoming as virulent in the virtual world as it is on the streets.

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Revenge on revenge porn

Revenge porn is on the up – on both sides of the Pond. And in the US and the UK, steps are being taken to provide real remedies for the victims.

In February this year, the British Government introduced a new law to deal with this unfortunate trend. On the other side of the Pond, an American woman is bringing a landmark case in the ongoing battle against revenge porn. Who will win this war, victim or attacker? James Hockin and Amber Melville-Brown discuss.

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A work-life (social media) balance in the workplace?

A work-life (social media) balance in the workplace?Friday afternoon; stuck in the grey office looking out at the glorious sun, your weather app forecasts a weekend of cold and showers. What’s more, as others plan their Friday night fun, your boss has asked you to finish up a client report that is going to take hours. What do you do? Of course, you take to social media to vent about how your boss is – ahem – a bit of a nuisance. Continue reading

EU turns up the heat on Google

Following the ECJ’s controversial ruling in Google Spain, the world’s favourite search engine has had a tough time in seeking to tread the line between respecting the judgment while maintaining its free speech agenda. Google has, to date, had somewhat of a free rein in deciding unilaterally, how to implement the rather vague requirements of the so-called Right to Be Forgotten. And it has made some questionable decisions as to how it proposes to handle deletion requests. Continue reading

Privacy protection on the up

Privacy protection on the upRecent figures released by Thompson Reuters show that the number of cases involving privacy issues taken to court has doubled since 2009. The year ending May 2014 saw 56 reported such cases compared to 26 cases in 2009 / 2010. And these figures don’t count the many cases which settle before reaching court. Continue reading