The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Social Media during the Coronavirus pandemic – Peter Coe

4 04 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has brought out the very best in humanity. For instance, on the one hand, it has brought communities together: people are supporting each other in a myriad of different ways, from simply talking to neighbours who they may never have said more than a few words to prior to the outbreak of the virus, buying shopping for those who are self-isolating or vulnerable, and volunteering for the NHS and other charities. Read the rest of this entry »





Let’s Get Ready to Rumble! Facial Recognition Technology and the Police – Peter Coe

1 02 2020

Just over a year ago, as a practitioner, I was involved in a number of conversations with clients and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) relating to the use of Facial Recognition Technology (FRT). These conversations tended to be on behalf of clients operating in the leisure and health and fitness industries and related to the appropriateness of the implementation of the technology to facilitate access to their facilities. Read the rest of this entry »





The European Court of Human Rights and the right to privacy in the workplace, Bărbulescu and Lopez Ribalda – Peter Coe

15 11 2019

In November I will be Chairing a panel on Data Rights and the Rule of Law at the Information Law and Policy Centre’s Annual Conference at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. This got me thinking about data protection, privacy and the Rule of Law more generally. Read the rest of this entry »





Ben Stokes, The Sun and the notion of responsible journalism – Peter Coe

26 09 2019

On 17 September 2019, The Sun published a story about the England cricketer Ben Stokes and his family. This featured on the front page of its print edition and is available online under the headline ‘STOKES’ SECRET TRAGEDY Ashes hero Ben Stokes’ brother and sister were killed by his mum’s jealous ex, three years before England star’s birth.Read the rest of this entry »





Facebook’s Frankenstein’s Monster: freedom of expression and the problem with fake news and violent and sexual content – Peter Coe

24 05 2017

Nick Hopkins’ recent Guardian article on Facebook’s policies on violent and sexual content has, once again, brought the right to freedom of expression and the role of social media platforms under scrutiny. Read the rest of this entry »





#birdsandthebees: a ‘Green Cross Code’ for social media – Peter Coe

14 11 2015

Green Cross CodeSex education is a hot topic at the moment, and so it should be. The recent Channel 4 documentary ‘Sex in Class’ highlighted the general naivety of our teenagers when it came to sex and sexual health. Read the rest of this entry »





Social Media ‘faux pas’: there’s only one ‘tweeting’ winner – Peter Coe

6 11 2014

Twitter LibelSocial media is a double-edged sword. On the one side it enables individuals to circumvent the traditional mass media, converging audience and producer to create millions of ‘publishers’. Read the rest of this entry »





The Defamation Act 2013: Corporate claimants and causation, a debate – Peter Coe

10 02 2014

PCoe_t175This post follows on from my Inforrm post on 22 January (Defamation Act 2013: The value of corporate reputation), which considered the difficulties corporate claimants may face in establishing serious harm by demonstrating serious financial loss, pursuant to sections1(1) and 1(2) of the Defamation Act 2013. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation Act 2013: The value of corporate reputation – Peter Coe

22 01 2014

PCoe_t175In a paper published in December’s edition of Communications Law, Peter Coe explored the impact that proving serious harm by demonstrating serious financial loss, pursuant to s1(1) and (2) of the Defamation Act 2013, may have on corporate claimants’ right to reputation. This abridged version of the 10,000 word paper briefly outlines the analysis of issues with causation. Read the rest of this entry »