Marketers who improperly use company names could face criminal and civil penalties

Anyone running a social media profile on a client’s behalf should be very careful when tweeting or posting on the client’s behalf. The consequences of careless references to or variations of a company’s name could be severe under certain understated provisions of the new Companies Act. The Companies Act’s provisions Section 32 of the CompaniesContinue reading “Marketers who improperly use company names could face criminal and civil penalties”

When ex-employees take your Twitter followers away from you

What happens when an employee who controls your company’s Twitter account leaves for a competitor, taking the Twitter account with him? This question seems to come up now and then in US employment law cases and the latest is the case of gadget blog PhoneDog and its erstwhile employee, Noah Kravitz. According to Ars Technica’sContinue reading “When ex-employees take your Twitter followers away from you”

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”

Regulators: Hands off the social Web

Two recent events have sparked debates about whether the social Web should be censored: the first is the recent civil unrest in London and the second is a recent report in the Sunday Times about a racist calling himself “Eugene Terrorblanche” publishing a deeply disturbing photo on Facebook (it turns out this is an oldContinue reading “Regulators: Hands off the social Web”

Evolving privacy paradigms: Twitter, Facebook and Google+

I’ve been using Google+ for a few days now and despite being a “limited field test”, it has a brilliant approach to privacy. If you are unfamiliar with Google+, take a look at this introductory video: At Google+’s core is the Circles feature. Circles offers users fairly granular control over their contacts and what theyContinue reading “Evolving privacy paradigms: Twitter, Facebook and Google+”

Super-injunctions, football players and their affairs

While they were initially intended to protect the people whose lives may be at risk should their identities ever be exposed (for example, child offenders), super-injunctions are being used by English celebrities and other personalities to stifle freedom of expression in England and Wales. Not only do these orders prohibit publication of information the applicantsContinue reading “Super-injunctions, football players and their affairs”

“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”

Look and Listen’s ineffective Twitter terms and conditions

Look and Listen started following me on Twitter and because it is a brand I care about, I took a look at its Twitter page on the Web and followed it back. I noticed that its background image contains text regarding its terms and conditions as follows: Visit us on Facebook for T & C’s:Continue reading “Look and Listen’s ineffective Twitter terms and conditions”

Why giving legal advice on Twitter is a bad idea

Karl Schuler is an attorney in Johannesburg who solicited legal questions to answer on Twitter using the Twitter account @TweetMyAttorney. I picked up on this through Jessica McDonald’s tweet about the profile and mentioned that the Law Society would probably have a difficulty with Schuler’s invitation to members of the public to submit legal questions.Continue reading “Why giving legal advice on Twitter is a bad idea”

How tweeting can get you fired

Mail & Guardian had a story a week or so ago about rugby commentator Andrew Lanning’s dismissal by SuperSport after he tweeted information about SuperSport and its parent company, Multichoice. The article’s title, “Fired for tweeting“, was a little misleading (the article clarified the issue, though) and that idea of being fired for using TwitterContinue reading “How tweeting can get you fired”