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Bulk Personal Datasets collected by UK government includes solicitor client privileged information

Bulk Personal Data collection by UK security agencies.

The bulk personal datasets collected by British intelligence agencies is reminiscent of dark days and dark regimes, Yair Cohen, of the London-based law firm Cohen Davis Solicitors. Bulk data collection by UK security agencies is breaching solicitor client privileged. Read full story  and view secret intelligence services secret documents authorising the processing of personal data pertaining to lawyer-client communication.

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Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Media Websites

Social media lawCorporate social responsibility might no longer be a term that refers to saving the rain forest or to paying coffee farmers a minimum wage. It could soon mean much more.

Social media users are like the coffee farmers but only in the sense that they work extremely hard in return for very little. Social media users work for the social media corporation by producing never-ending internet content and  by falsifying friendship and relationships. Social media users dance and sing before their masters and often strip themselves off the rights to privacy and basic dignity. Social media sites will not exist without the hard labour of users in the same way that coffee chains will not survive without an army of coffee farmers. Read the full article: Social Media Sites and Corporate Social Responsibility

By: Yair Cohen

Social Media lawyer

Lord Rennard possible grounds for legal action against the Liberal Democrats Party

Lord Rennard Legal Case

Lord Rennard Legal Case

Lord Rennard’s lawyers are still considering grounds for legal action against the Liberal Democrats Party following his suspension from the party and the announcement that a second investigation into his conduct is to commence.

The lawyers are expected to have an interesting time preparing their case. There are plenty of evidence and good legal material to play with. Professionally, they are like kids in a toy shop.

So has Lord Rennard got a reasonably good case?  It seems he has.

So on what grounds may Lord Rennard win a judicial review?

Under UK law, there are only three circumstances where a Court might declare administrative decisions unlawful. Read more  on Lord Rennard legal case here

http://www.internetlawexperts.net/2014/01/lord-rennards-potential-grounds-for.html

 

By: Yair Cohen

Cohen Davis Solicitors

Why online reviewers need to watch their backs (not from the lawyers)

Have you ever left an online review? If you have, then this article
will interest you.

Recently I came across a few cases where people who left a review
following a purchase from Amazon Market Place, ended up being
bullied, harassed and trolled by what appeared to be an organised
network of Amazon vendors.

In one instant a man who left a review following his
dissatisfaction with the return policy of the vendor, received over
130 posts responding to his review, many of which were derogatory,
insulting and to be frank outrageous.

He was being ridiculed and embarrassed and even his home address
was placed on the discussion forum. The assault went on for a
number of days before Amazon agreed to remove some of the offending
comments.  However, these were replaced by more cruel and vicious
attacks on the buyer.

Is this a new trend? I hope not.

I will keep an eye on this issue. If you have had a similar
experience after you left an online review, I would love to hear
from you.

Yair Cohen,

Social media and online reputation solicitor

Learn more about business and online reviews [
http://www.internetlawcentre.co.uk/ ] here:

 

Business Reputation Management and Social Media Crisis Management (Part 1)

Social Media Solicitor. Defamation on the Internet: Social Media Solicitor.

Reputation solicitor

Reputation solicitors

On the internet, bad reputation both stinks and sticks. Once a customer’s bad experience becomes viral, traces of it might follow your organisation for years to come, and the story might be resurrected just when you feel that it has gone away forever more.

Five, six or ten years ago, companies that delivered  terrible customer experience could have perhaps be forgiven for not realising that the internet had the tendency of tattooing certain stories in the minds of millions of people who will in turn never forgive or forget.

Today however, there is no longer an excuse….Read more on Social Media and reputation lawyer’s blog

By: Yair Cohen

Reputation solicitor

Defamation lawyer on defamatory search results on Google

Defamation lawyer asks: Do you think that Google should be responsible for defamatory results that appear on its search results? If the person who posted defamatory allegations about you on the internet cannot be traced, is it fair to allow Google to carry on pointing internet users to the defamatory web page through its search engine?

Google’s view on this is that they are not responsible for internet content, even on their own free Blogger sites and that they are also not responsible for what content appears on the search results.

Google has been claiming in various courts (of democratic countries)  that it has no control over search results but this assertion is difficult to reconcile with its ability and willingness to omit and manipulate search results in countries such as China and Saudi Arabia.

In an interesting twist in a Court of Appeal case which concerns the former conservative council candidate Payam Tamiz, his Barrister Goldwin Busutill made this interesting observation to the court:

‘The notion that the internet runs “automatically” or “passively” is in essence a powerful myth which has been fostered very successfully and profitably by internet superpowers such as Google Inc. It suits their business model to take and to be seen to be taking a ‘‘hands off’’ approach and not really able to do anything about problems that may be generated by their internet-based operations.’

The idea that companies can rip enormous financial benefits without having to incur any risks or liabilities to the citizens of this country is foreign to the English tradition of ‘fair play’.

The same issue has recently been highlighted in the media in relation to the low level of taxes which is paid in the UK by some multinational companies (such as Google and Amazon).

There is a perception that there is something very secretive about these sorts of companies whose operation appears to be anything but transparent.

This apparent lack of transparency might provide these companies with tremendous short term gains but eventually it will come back to bite them.

Written by Defamation lawyer Yair Cohen

 Defamation lawyers website.

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