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 »





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 »





Social Media disputes: some cause for optimism? – Alex Cochrane

10 09 2015

Social MediaOne of the unsavoury consequences of the enormous increase in the use of social media in recent years has been the surge in online attacks on innocent people, whether it be in the form of libel, harassment or breach of privacy. Countless such attacks are committed on a daily basis, often by individuals hiding behind anonymity who, on the face of it, appear to be unidentifiable. 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 »





Ashley Madison, personal data release and the dark web – Rhory Robertson and Clare Brown

21 08 2015

Ashley-MadisonHackers calling themselves ‘The Impact Team’ (TIT) have carried out their threat to release the hacked data from the adult dating site Ashley Madison (AM), which uses the slogan: “Life is short. Have an affair“. AM is part of Canadian company Avid Life Media (ALM), which specialises in websites offering married users opportunities to hook up with similarly attached people. Other associated ALM sites include Cougar Life and Established Men. 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 »