Johannesburg High Court rules on Facebook defamation

The innocuous looking case of H v W which was handed down in the South Gauteng High Court on 30 January 2013 is anything but. Judge Willis’ 30 page judgment recognises the harm a Facebook post can do to a person’s reputation and throws the weight of the Court behind the person defamed (and who can afford the legal fees).

Pitfalls of demanding employees’ social network access credentials

I receive questions now and then about the legalities of employers demanding access to prospective employees’ access credentials for their social networks. I haven’t had a chance to prepare a post on this (I believe there are two big pitfalls for employers and this practice is most likely unlawful) so I recorded a few thoughtsContinue reading “Pitfalls of demanding employees’ social network access credentials”

Your cloud assets and profiles after you die

@pauljacobson any chance you could do a post on what happens to your cloud based assets (apps, music, etc) when you die? — Imel Rautenbach (@imel) January 5, 2012 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Imel Rautenbach recently asked me what happens to your content and profiles in the cloud when you die. Its an important question and I’ve startedContinue reading “Your cloud assets and profiles after you die”

What parents can do to better protect their children’s privacy online

Our children are growing up with digital devices and an increasingly social Web and are, in the process, sharing their personal information, oblivious to the risks. Parents are increasingly finding themselves in foreign territory with no real idea where to begin to address their children’s privacy. This post is intended to give parents an overviewContinue reading “What parents can do to better protect their children’s privacy online”

The trouble with online defamation

I frequently receive calls or emails from people asking for help with online defamation, usually on Facebook. The people who contact me are often at their wits’ end and want to sue the people defaming them, thinking that will fix the problem. Unfortunately, that can often make it worse. The challenge with online defamation isContinue reading “The trouble with online defamation”

“Free” online services and privacy law

One aspect of the seemingly free services we use every day (Facebook, Twitter, Google Search and many more) which people tend not to pick up on is that these services really are not free at all. While we don’t part with currency to use these services, we do part with our personal information in exchangeContinue reading ““Free” online services and privacy law”

Why our obsession with Facebook should matter to you

I just noticed this on Mashable and thought I would share it with you. There are some pretty interesting statistics which are worth bearing in mind when developing an approach to Facebook as a marketing channel as well as developing your approach to your employees’ social media use, whether that be through a social mediaContinue reading “Why our obsession with Facebook should matter to you”