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Dealing with racist tweets by employees (Shoosmiths)

A lot of the social media updates that have been published in the past few months have concerned social media and employment law. We have all heard stories about employers enooping on Facebook and Twitter, but at times there are genuine concerns about how the outpourings of an individual on social media could affect their employer. In this update by Karen Fletcher, a partner at Shoosmiths, she provides a brief run down on how social media could result in disciplinary proceedings, and how any such proceedings should be undertaken. A good introduction for both employers and employees.

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September 4, 2012 · 9:07 am

Carl Gardner on the ‘threat’ by the UK to remove the Ecuadorian embassy’s status

An excellent post by Carl Gardner on whether the UK can actually remove the Ecuadorian emabssy’s status as part of the current wrangling over Julian Assange.

Follow Carl on Twitter at @CarlGardner

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August 16, 2012 · 2:33 pm

Consultation response to the ‘Snoopers Charter’ by Dr Paul Bernal

The link above goes to the blof of Dr Paul Bernal, a vehement critic of the draft Communications Data Bill. On his blog he has provided his submission to the consultation on the Bill. As he notes, the consultation period closes on August 23, so if you want to get a submission in you must do it soon. His submission makes some excellent points of why this Bill is dangerous, not just because of its aim but also as a result of poor facts behind the decision making. An excellent read on the topic.

Paul is a lecturer in Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Media Law at the UEA. He is a must-follow tweeter on these topics, and can be found at @PaulBernalUK.

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August 15, 2012 · 1:21 pm

TMT Legal Update: MPs urge UK to engage in cyber war against cyber enemies and consultation on cyber security launched (Eversheds)

TMT Legal Update: MPs urge UK to engage in cyber war against cyber enemies and consultation on cyber security launched

This is an interesing little article that I noticed this morning, in which MPs show their concerns over cyber security. The article sets out the current state of affairs, but I will endeavour to write a piece on the consultation and the thinking behind it soon.

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Will the draft Defamation Bill provide the solution to online libel? (Shoosmiths)

Will the draft Defamation Bill provide the solution to online libel?

A note by Shoosmith’s Jo Joyce on whether the draft Defamation Bill will provide a solution to the matter of online libel. Taking the recent McGrath & Anor v Dawkins & Ors (Rev 1) [2012] EWHC B3 (QB) as the basis for the article, there is little more than an update on current issues in libel reform but the article does make one very clear point at the end: the draft Defamation Bill is likely to be amended before it becomes law. For the time being, those concerned about potentially defamatory statements will need to gain legal advice.

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The Twitter judgment: unintended consequences (CMS Cameron McKenna)

The Twitter judgment: unintended consequences

A note by CMS Cameron McKenna looking at the judgment of Chambers v Director of Public Prosecutions [2012] EWHC 2157, with a focus on the comment by the Lord Chief Justice on the nature of the internet as a public electronic communications network.

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TMT Legal Update: Government publishes draft Communications Data Bill (Eversheds)

A good introduction to the draft Communications Data Bill by Eversheds. It sets out in clear basic terms what the Bill is for, who it will affect, and what is meant by some of the key terms. It also provides a brief comparison to the law as it stands, and sets out some consequences for the internet.

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August 14, 2012 · 9:30 am