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Month: May 2022 (Page 1 of 3)

TalkTalk: Clever pleading cannot guide Claimants out of Warren – Daniel Isenberg

Since last year, Warren v DSG Retail has proved a thorn in the side of those bringing claims arising out of external cyber-attacks – appearing, at least, to bar such Claimants from relying on the torts of negligence and misuse of private information (MPI), as well as breach of confidence.  That appearance was confirmed to be reality by Saini J in Graeme Smith & ors v TalkTalk Telecom Group plc [2022] EWHC 1311 (QB). Continue reading

Musk’s town square would be chaos: an argument against free speech absolutism on Twitter – Eleonora Maria Mazzoli

Despite the concerns raised and criticism surrounding the acquisition of social media platform Twitter by the billionaire Elon Musk, on April 26 Twitter’s board agreed to a $44bn takeover, sending shockwaves across the InternetThe deal is currently ‘temporarily on hold’ as Musk announced (via Twitter) on May 13 pending clarification of the true number of spam accounts on the platform, but Musk insists he is committed to the purchase. Continue reading

Impending demise of Roe v. Wade puts a spotlight on a major privacy risk: Your phone reveals more about you than you think – Susan Landau

When Politico published Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion that would undo Roe v. Wade, a number of commentators observed how hard it would be for women in states that had made abortion illegal to safely travel to abortion clinics elsewhere. Their phones’ location histories would give them away, or maybe their search histories would. Even their texts might do so. Continue reading

Wagatha Christie: what the Vardy v Rooney case can teach you about avoiding libel on social media – Alexandros Antoniou

The social media feud turned libel trial between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy has come to a close. While a judgement isn’t expected for some time, the legal battle between two media personalities married to former England footballers has proven at least one thing – that social media is a high-risk area for defamation claims. Continue reading

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