Government Publishes Cyberbullying Bill 2013

The Government published the Cyberbullying Bill 2013 last week with a view to tackling the ever-growing problem of bullying online or cyber bullying. A link to the Bill is available here The Bill proposes to address what the Government perceives to be deficiencies of the existing criminal legislation by creating [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:26:23+00:00November 18th, 2013|Cyberbullying Bill 2013, latest news, social media|Comments Off on Government Publishes Cyberbullying Bill 2013

The Defamation Act 2009 and Remedies

In the second of our blog posts concerning the Defamation Act 2009, we look at the various remedies available under the Act. 1. Declaratory Order A new fast track remedy is now available under the Act whereby a person who claims to be the subject of a statement he or [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:20:33+00:00August 15th, 2013|Circuit Court, Defamation, High Court, Injunction, Internet, social media, Statute of Limitations (Amendment) Bill 2013|Comments Off on The Defamation Act 2009 and Remedies

Data Protection Commission Report 2012 – increase in complaints, audits and prosecutions

The Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes recently launched his data protection report for 2012 on 20th May 2013. A full copy of the report is available at this link. The report notes that one of the major themes in the 2012 report concerned the issue of sharing personal data in the public [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:20:10+00:00June 3rd, 2013|data protection, Data Protection Report 2012, latest news, Schools, social media|Comments Off on Data Protection Commission Report 2012 – increase in complaints, audits and prosecutions

Social Media and Defamation – UK High Court rules tweet was defamatory

In the recently published decision of  The Lord McAlpine of West Green v Sally Bercow [2013] EWHC 1342 (QB) the UK High Court ruled that a tweet published by Sally Bercow, the wife of the speaker of the British House of Commons, which falsely linked Lord McAlpine with an allegation of child sexual [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:20:11+00:00May 28th, 2013|Defamation, latest news, Litigation, social media|Comments Off on Social Media and Defamation – UK High Court rules tweet was defamatory

Facebook posting and demotion – English High Court rules in favour of Employee but expresses “real disquiet” about the financial award

The recent English decision of Mr Adrian Smith  v Trafford Housing Trust [2012 EWHC 3221 (Ch) delivered by Justice Briggs in November 2012 sheds further light on the explosion of social media and how it impacts on the workplace. This case is one to watch as it concerns a breach of contract action, which [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:19:25+00:00March 19th, 2013|Constructive Dismissal, Contracts of Employment, Facebook, Freedom of Expression, latest news, Privacy, social media, Unfair Dismissal|Comments Off on Facebook posting and demotion – English High Court rules in favour of Employee but expresses “real disquiet” about the financial award

Bullying in Schools – Establishment of Anti Bullying Working Group and Action Plan

The Department of Education recently launched an action plan in January 2013 against cyber bullying in schools which has unfortunately become an epidemic especially with the ever-growing popularity of social media. Minister Ruari Quinn commissioned the report and arranged for the establishment of an Anti Bullying Working Group who were tasked with [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:19:25+00:00March 6th, 2013|Bullying and Harassment, latest news, Schools, social media|Comments Off on Bullying in Schools – Establishment of Anti Bullying Working Group and Action Plan

Data Protection and proposals for “one stop shop”

It is proposed under new EU rules that Ireland's Data Protection Commission may be set to become the lead agency for regulating companies such as Facebook and Google across Europe. In a proposed overhaul by the EU Commission of data protection rules, companies will have to contact fewer regulators for [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:17:03+00:00January 9th, 2013|data protection, Privacy, social media|Comments Off on Data Protection and proposals for “one stop shop”

Defamation – Blogger apologies for defamatory tweets

Following an out-of-court settlement, a blogger has apologised for defamatory tweets posted in December 2012 about businessman Declan Ganley in what is seen as the first legal settlement in Ireland involving Twitter content. The settlement is expected to cause consternation amongst Twitter users in Ireland and result in more actions [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:17:03+00:00January 8th, 2013|Defamation, social media|Comments Off on Defamation – Blogger apologies for defamatory tweets

Social Media and Discoverability – a thorny issue

In a recent talk I gave on Social Media and the law, the issue of discoverability of social media evidence was a hot topic and I recently came across another interesting case EEOC v Original Honeybaked Ham Company of Georgia Inc., No.11-02560-MSK_MEH (D.Col. Nov.7, 2012) reported on the excellent Delaware Employment Law Blog. This case [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:17:04+00:00November 20th, 2012|passwords, social media, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Social Media and Discoverability – a thorny issue

Ownership of Linkedin accounts – update on Eagle v Morgan case

I recently gave a talk on Social Media and the Law and reported on the case Eagle v. Morgan, No. 11-4303 (E.D. Pa. Oct. 4, 2012) which concerned the the hot topic of "social media ownership" and who owns a Linkedin account? I now understand that a decision was issued last week [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:16:40+00:00October 12th, 2012|social media|Comments Off on Ownership of Linkedin accounts – update on Eagle v Morgan case

California becomes third state to pass legislation banning employers seeking social networking passwords

It has been reported that California is now the third state to pass legislation banning employers from requesting or requiring the social-networking passwords of employees and applicant as highlighted in the very informative Delaware Employment Law Blog http://www.delawareemploymentlawblog.com/2012/08/california-is-now-the-third.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blawgs%2FNZgVCom+(Delaware+Employment+Law+Blog). From previous posts, Maryland was the first state to pass a social media [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:16:20+00:00August 31st, 2012|Passing Off, social media|Comments Off on California becomes third state to pass legislation banning employers seeking social networking passwords

Social Privacy Bill passed by Californian Senate this week

On Tuesday of this week, the Californian Senate unanimously passed the Social Privacy Bill which will prohibit Colleges and Universities from requesting access to student's social media accounts. Governor Jerry Brown has until 30th September 2012 to sign or veto the Bill. As outlined in my recent blog posts, there [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:16:21+00:00August 24th, 2012|Privacy, social media|Comments Off on Social Privacy Bill passed by Californian Senate this week

Illinois second state to ban employers from requesting social network usernames or passwords

Illinois has become the second state after Maryland in the US to ban employers from asking employees or job candidates for their Facebook or other social networking account information. Several other states are also considering bans, including Washington, Delaware and New Jersey. This week, Illinois Govenor Pat Quinn signed into law [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:16:21+00:00August 2nd, 2012|Privacy, social media|Comments Off on Illinois second state to ban employers from requesting social network usernames or passwords

Vodafone Australia forced to deny one of it’s store employees is “social media expert” or “ambassador” for the Company

Yet another example of how social media can go wrong in the workplace if not managed properly. Australian newspaper The Age has reported how Sydney-based Vodafone employee Arthur Kotsopoulos ridiculed Vodafone customers, suppliers and co-workers on Twitter and Facebook as "mentally retarded".On his LinkedIn page Mr Kotsopoulos says he has been Vodafone's "social [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:16:21+00:00August 1st, 2012|social media|Comments Off on Vodafone Australia forced to deny one of it’s store employees is “social media expert” or “ambassador” for the Company

Two students reinstated in Dublin school after expulsion for facebook remarks

Following on from my recent post earlier this summer http://wp.me/p2ptoI-n,  I thought it useful to share an update from the Irish Times today whereby two students (out of four students who were suspended) have been reinstated at Oatlands College in Dublin after being expelled for remarks made on Facebook about teachers [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:16:00+00:00July 26th, 2012|social media|Comments Off on Two students reinstated in Dublin school after expulsion for facebook remarks