Privacy, the internet and social media – Godwin Busuttil, Gervase de Wilde and Felicity McMahon

22 01 2016

Law of Privacy and the MediaThe ascendancy of social media poses acute challenges for privacy. Internet-based services such as Facebook and Twitter can confer major advantages on users in terms of access to information, ease of communication, and opportunities for network-building. But the ordinary concomitant is a significant surrender of personal privacy.  Participation generally entails the disclosure of, and the ceding of control over, one’s personal data. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Inforrm congratulates contributors Eloise le Santo and Gervase de Wilde

21 10 2013

Eloise GervaseInforrm would like to congratulate two of its regular contributors, Eloise le Santo and Gervase de Wilde on being taken on as “tenants” after completing their training as barristers.  Eloise has joined Matrix and Gervase has joined 5RB. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Thompson v James – blogger loses libel claim against Council – Gervase de Wilde

20 03 2013

Jacqui ThompsonThere may be no typical cases in this area of the law, but Thompson v James epitomised the controversy which can surround libel litigation. The protracted and bitter nature of the dispute, the Claimant’s focus on local government transparency, and the issue of access to Council proceedings all made the action a subject of concern to a range of vociferous interest groups in the print media and online. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Rana v Google Australia – Google continues to resist claims for publication – Gervase de Wilde

13 03 2013

Google AustraliaGoogle has for the most part successfully fought off attempts to make it liable for third party publications, or search results. But, given the company’s enormous power and influence over the online world, it is unsurprising that claims against it and its subsidiaries continue to be brought. In Rana v Google Australia Pty Ltd ([2013] FCA 60), an Australian court considered whether such a claim could be made, or served on the American parent company. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Tamiz v Google Inc, Google may be a common law publisher – Gervase de Wilde

21 02 2013

createblogThe Court of Appeal’s decision in Tamiz v Google Inc ([2013] EWCA Civ 68) comes at a moment when defamation on the internet is in the spotlight. It has been ‘the elephant in the room’ during the Leveson inquiry, it is being considered in relation to this year’s Defamation Bill, and has recently been the subject of decisions by Commonwealth courts which have diverged from the established position in England and Wales. The judgment is the first time the Court of Appeal has considered the topic. Read the rest of this entry »

Defamation claims and Google’s autocomplete – Gervase de Wilde

21 09 2012

Google’s autocomplete function has become yet another of the company’s range of services which most internet users use unthinkingly. It offers suggested terms according to the characters you have already typed, based on other users’ search activities, and on the content of existing web pages. The user-driven nature of internet search means that the suggestions it makes for particular individuals’ names are not necessarily those that they would welcome themselves, or ones which are genuinely useful. Read the rest of this entry »

US Freedom of Expression and Media Law round-up – 27 August 2012 – Gervase de Wilde

27 08 2012

The boom in litigation which features social media, both as a means of publication, and where its use plays a part in other proceedings, continues throughout the American court system. This phenomenon was highlighted here when Northcliffe Media tried and failed, in a California court last month, to force Twitter to reveal the identity of an anonymous poster behind a spoof account. Judges at all levels grapple with the difficulties presented by new technology and their decisions, as evidenced in the links below, receive more comment and scrutiny than ever. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: El Naschie v Macmillan – claim against scientific publisher dismissed – Gervase de Wilde

18 07 2012

One of the longer-awaited libel judgments of recent times was handed down on 6 July 2012, having been reserved for a period of over 5 months.  Sharp J produced a comprehensive, 383 paragraph judgment comprehensively dismissing the claim by an Egyptian scientist against the scientific journal Nature (El Naschie v Macmillan Publishers Ltd  (t/a Nature Publishing Group) & Anor [2012] EWHC 1809 (QB)). Read the rest of this entry »