Cyber bullying and the workplace – Rhory Robertson and Clare Taylor

12 07 2016

cyberbullying_atwork-1024x487The ever increasing presence of social media in our lives, whether old or young, is undeniable. Although it has its benefits, the risks of bullying via social media in an employment context cannot be ignored, and represents a developing threat to businesses which employers must manage effectively. Read the rest of this entry »

Press regulation: theory over practice? – Rhory Robertson and Tristan Goodman

27 04 2016

Sir Alan Moses“What fun it must be a theoretical regulator. The triumph of theory over practice needs does it not our admiration.” These are the words of Sir Alan Moses, the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) Chairman, poking fun at rival press regulator, IMPRESS, when speaking at this year’s London Press Club Awards lunch. Read the rest of this entry »

Skype crack down on online gaming abusers – Rhory Robertson and David Drury

15 02 2016

SkypeYou don’t need to be a gaming expert to know that people can be sore losers; who hasn’t been tempted to take their frustration out on a Monopoly board during a particularly tense family game? Read the rest of this entry »

Controlling or Coercive Behaviour: section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 – Rhory Robertson

13 01 2016

Serious-Crime-ActOn 29 December 2015 Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 came into force. It creates the specific offence of “controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship” where the victim and the abuser are, as the Act puts it, “personally connected”. Read the rest of this entry »

Sexting: flirting with law – Rhory Robertson and Nichola Leach

11 09 2015

Lead-BZ-081015-Sexting-IllustrationThis week a freedom of information request revealed that children as young as 6 have been questioned by the police over “sexting” – the act of exchanging sexually explicit images and messages – “a sext”. Read the rest of this entry »

Ashley Madison and the Shark Infested Seas of the Deep Web – Rhory Robertson and Clare Brown

28 08 2015

Deep-Web-Iceberg-e1432663755280The recent hacking of the Ashley Madison website has inevitably caused a vast avalanche of commentary, covering everything from users’ morality to company security. As we concluded in our previous article  apart from the fallout on people’s personal lives from the data dump, the hackers’ employment of the so-called ‘dark web’ to communicate their criminal acts needs further exploration. Read the rest of this entry »

“Red faces all round”, the hacking of Ashley Madison – Rhory Robertson and Clare Brown

26 07 2015

Ashley MadisonThere were probably some awkward silences amongst a number of married couples around the world on Sunday evening and into Monday morning last week as news broke that a specialist adult dating site had been hacked. Read the rest of this entry »

Limiting Reputational Damage – Rhory Robertson

3 07 2015

Rhory RobertsonDespite a surprise rise in defamation claims in 2014, libel actions are largely a thing of the past. The official statistics show a substantial decrease in the number of issued defamation claims over the past few years. For example, in 2013 there were 142 claims as opposed to 186 in 2012.  Read the rest of this entry »

Hate Crimes and Drag Queens in Cyber Space – Rhory Robertson and James Hooper

11 10 2014

Hate CrimesIn a new book published by Harvard University Press, “Hate Crimes in Cyber Space” Prof. Danielle Citron lays her prescription for tackling the “awful internet”. In the wake of the Fappening and innumerable cases of cyber harassment, hers is a timely and authoritative intervention. Since Prof. Citron has already testified before Parliament on cyber hate and sits on the influential Anti-Cyberhate Working Group, her book and views are likely to inform future policy and legislation towards the internet. Read the rest of this entry »

The Data Protection Act: a stone to sling at the Facebook Goliath? – Rhory Robertson and Sophie Pugh

29 07 2014

Facebook logo reflected in eyeWhen you log into Facebook the first thing you see is your ‘newsfeed’: a seemingly random collection of messages, status updates and photographs posted by your Facebook friends. We say “seemingly random” with scepticism because of course Facebook is not so rudimentary.  Read the rest of this entry »