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

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”

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

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

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

UK employer liable for facebook status “finally came out of the closet” “hijack” of ex-employee by colleagues

I recently came across this case of the London South Employment Tribunal of 19th June 2012 whilst doing some research for a presentation I am doing for Legal Island later this year. The UK case of Otomewo v Carphone Warehouse [2012] EqLR 724 again demonstrates that employers can be held vicariously liable for discriminatory [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:16:00+00:00July 22nd, 2012|Equality, Privacy, social media|Comments Off on UK employer liable for facebook status “finally came out of the closet” “hijack” of ex-employee by colleagues

Discovery of Plaintiff’s Social-Networking Profile

Another interesting article from the Delaware Employment Law Blog concerning the Discovery of Plaintiff's Social-Networking Profile. Here Molly diBianca reports on the case of Thompson v. Autoliv ASP, Inc., where the plaintiff alleged personal-injury and product-liability claims, arising from a car accident in April 2007. The plaintiff alleged that she sustained [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:16:00+00:00July 19th, 2012|social media|Comments Off on Discovery of Plaintiff’s Social-Networking Profile

New Louisiana law requires sex offenders/child predators to state their criminal status on Facebook

Interesting report on CNN The new Louisiana law states that sex offenders and child predators "shall include in his profile for the networking website an indication that he is a sex offender or child predator and shall include notice of the crime for which he was convicted, the jurisdiction of [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:15:38+00:00June 26th, 2012|Facebook, Privacy, social media|Comments Off on New Louisiana law requires sex offenders/child predators to state their criminal status on Facebook

Is the High Court on Facebook? – Lexology

Is the High Court on Facebook? - Lexology. In (1) Ako Capital LLP (2) Ako Master Fund Limited v TFS Derivatives Limited), before granting permission, the High Court in the UK sought assurances that (a) the relevant Facebook account belonged to the person in question and (b) the individual habitually checked the account. The [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:15:39+00:00June 16th, 2012|Facebook, social media|Comments Off on Is the High Court on Facebook? – Lexology

High Court order compels Facebook to reveal IP identities of tormentors

In an article on skynews, Nicola Brookes who was targeted by so-called online trolls has won backing from the High Court to have her tormentors' identities disclosed.  Her anonymous tormentors set up a fake Facebook profile in her name using her picture to post explicit comments and lure young girls, her [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:15:19+00:00June 11th, 2012|Facebook, latest news, Litigation|Comments Off on High Court order compels Facebook to reveal IP identities of tormentors

Facebook Users Can now update their “organ donation” status

FACEBOOK CHIEF executive Mark Zuckerberg is urging Facebook users to share their organ-donor status on the site, aiming to spur more donations and reduce waiting times for transplants More than 114,000 people in the US and millions more worldwide are waiting for life-saving heart, liver or kidney transplants, Facebook said. Many [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:15:19+00:00June 5th, 2012|Facebook, Medical, Privacy|Comments Off on Facebook Users Can now update their “organ donation” status

New code of Conduct Agreed by Teaching Council concerning Facebook

TEACHERS SHOULD not befriend their students on Facebook and other social networking sites, according to a new code of conduct agreed by the Teaching Council. The new code is the first attempt to set down clear guidelines on use of social media for 70,000 primary and second-level teachers in the [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:15:19+00:00June 5th, 2012|Facebook|Comments Off on New code of Conduct Agreed by Teaching Council concerning Facebook

Survey Adds to Facebook woes

Interesting article in Irish Times today highlighting that 80% of Facebook users have never bought a product or service as a result of advertising or comments on the social network site, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. A sign of concern for investors given that stock is down 29% since the [...]

By |2019-10-18T10:15:20+00:00June 5th, 2012|Facebook|Comments Off on Survey Adds to Facebook woes