The Australian Law Reform Commission says people should have the right to have embarrassing photos they posted online removed from the web.
Cyberattack in Israel “shuts down” road for hours
A major road artery in Israel was paralyzed for hours by a cyberattack this September, according to a security expert speaking to Associated Press.
Attackers used a Trojan program to target a security camera system in the Carmel Tunnels toll road in Haifa, shutting down the road for hours, and causing “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in damage, according to Associated Press.
A source, speaking anonymously to Associated Press, said that Israeli experts thought that the attack was the work of a rogue group, rather than a government, due to the level of expertise involved.
A warning for Gmail corporate users
Gmail users have no “reasonable expectation” that their communications (both ways) are confidential says Google in a motion to dismiss a rapidly developing important legal challenge to its practice of reading Gmail users’ emails.
A USA law suit is claiming that Google reads private email messages that are sent to Gmail users without the consent of the senders.
A Court document claims that Google is scanning emails so that the company can target ads to users. – a key component of the company’s business model.
In the law suit papers, documents have been disclosed from an earlier court case where Google claimed in its defence that:
“Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient’s assistant opens the letter, people who use web-based email today cannot be surprised if their communications are processed by the recipient’s ECS [electronic communication service] provider in the course of delivery,”
Non Gmail users should be alarmed by this latest revelation because
while Gmail users may have consented to having their emails scanned by Google by agreeing to the company’s terms of service, non-Gmail users have not provided consent.
The lawsuit against Google, which was filed in May 2013, alleges that the company “unlawfully opens up, reads, and acquires the content of people’s private email messages.”
Read the full Motion to Dismiss that contains what appears to be an admission by Google for breach of privacy sent and received through Gmail.
- Judge Says Gmail Might Be Breaking The Law (webpronews.com)
- UK law has no power over us, says Google: Outrage at search giant’s arrogance in snooping case (dailymail.co.uk)
- Blackmail on the internet UK
In what is believed to be a legal first in Canada — and a potential landmark case that could help to define the limits of free speech in cyberspace — a hotel is suing a former guest for $95,000 in damages over a review he wrote on the travel site TripAdvisor.
It also wants the negative review, which is still online, taken down.
Research published last year exploring dating site scams, which have typically persuaded victims to send money, shows scammers are now focusing more on social networking sites – blackmailing victims with photos, videos and records of explicit or incriminating chats.
- Naked web-scam victim reveals ordeal (stuff.co.nz)
- Suicide of teenager Daniel Perry from bridge ‘after being blackmailed on Skype’ (standard.co.uk)
- Blackmail of Children on the Internet (internetlawexpert.co.uk)
Last October, a Canadian teenager named Amanda Todd took her own life at her home in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. Five weeks before committing suicide, Amanda posted a video to YouTube detailing years of harassment she’d undergone after being coaxed into flashing an anonymous guy via webcam. In the video, she describes how this man continually blackmailed her into performing live-streamed strip shows. He used the topless images he had of Amanda as leverage, threatening to send them to her friends and family if she didn’t comply.
- Police probe suicide of Daniel Perry amid claims he was ensnared by internet blackmailers (independent.co.uk)
- Blackmail of Children on the Internet (internetlawexpert.co.uk)
“Children duped into undressing by chat-room blackmailers” was the headline that caught my attention in The Times, 9 August 2013.Blackmail and extortion on the internet was the topic of a blog post that I wrote back in 2011 following a spate of cases where adult victims were induced on internet chat rooms to part with private information, then to perform a sexual act which was secretly being recorded. Shortly after, the victim would receive an email with a link to a public video, displaying their faces and private parts.
The title of the video will refer to the victim as a paedophile, at the least, and will include their full name, their residential or work address, their occupation and in one case the names of their kids. The cost to remove the videos would vary depending on the occupation of the victim and on their public standing.
Among those who have fallen for this scum were school teachers, doctors, government employees and respectable accountants. Each for their own reason, mainly in pursuit of friendship, ended up very quickly in places they never intended to go.
They were naïve and lonely or were just looking for a bit of momentary excitement in their lives. For a critical moment they let off their guards not realising the horrendous consequences that could follow, for them, for their children and for their friends and families. The bad thing about this scam is that it is all happening fast – very fast. You can read the blog post here .
These victims of blackmail on the internet were all intelligent men and women, some with immense life experience. As calm, thinking adults they managed to deal with the situation effectively and to my knowledge, have all moved on with their lives.
The Times article talks about a website that I am very familiar with, “Chatroulette”. The site randomly pairs users who can chat by text or by video. According to the Times, the site is widely used by teenagers some of whom have fallen victim to the scam.
Having witnessed the utter despair experienced by adult victims of sexual blackmail on the internet, I can barely imagine what sort of thoughts will be going in the mind of a child who faces a similar situation, just without the life experience to help them deal with the event effectively.
By: Yair Cohen
- Teenage girl made to give £15,000 to Facebook blackmailer (internetlawexpert.co.uk)
- Blackmail of men on the internet
- Blackmail of men on the internet update
- Children duped into undressing by chat-room blackmailers (thetimes.co.uk)
- Naked web-scam victim relives ordeal (stuff.co.nz)
- Cyber attack blackmail charges (bbc.co.uk)
Those low in self-esteem have greater motivation for self-enhancement, and therefore will particularly seek downward comparisons with those they consider below them. Psychological research confirms that those who experience a recent threat to self-esteem have a greater need to restore their self-worth. This is where more schadenfreude following another’s misfortune comes in.
In April 2013 Dolores Pereira Coutinho, a mother from Brazil won a battle to have her dead daughter’s Facebook page removed. Since the death of her daughter, for no less than 7 months the claimant persistently requested Facebook to delete her daughter’s Facebook account but the social media giant simply ignore all her requests, sending her automated responses in reply.
Having been ignored, the devastated mother had to resort to legal proceedings against Facebook, presumably at a great expense.
At one point Facebook turned the privacy of the deceased young girl to private, but still it deprived her grieving family from having their wishes to have the account closed respected.
A Brazilian judge eventually ordered Facebook to close the deceased girl’s account or face imprisonment.
Having branded itself as champion of communication, with a mission statement that declares the organisation’s aim is to make the world more open and connected’, Facebook is yet to lead by examples.
Earlier last year, Facebook decided to withdraw its telephone support line and replaced it with a series of automated messages, often taking its amused and frustrated users round and round in circles with no real solutions and without any ability to communicate with a real human being. Facebook basically cannot stand the idea of having to speak to its customers in person.
Is Facebook a friendly, helpful and ethical organisation or is it just a corporation that hides its real intentions behind smoke screens and double mirrors?
Our filing cabinet is packed with similar stories. You might want to seriously consider sharing your Facebook account details and password with a close member of your family, and they might want to do the same with you. This advice goes against Facebook’s own published recommendation for account security so follow it or not at your own peril.
Read the full story here.
On the internet, bad reputation both stinks and sticks.
When customer’s bad experience become viral, traces of it might follow the target company for a very long time. A media storm may occasionally hit as internet pages move up and down in the search engine’s result. This is the first part in a series of blog posts on the issue of business reputation management and social media management at times of crisis.
You can read the full series on social medial solicitor’s dedicated business reputation dedicated blog.
By: Yair Cohen
Blogging is a simple way of publishing articles on the internet. Fresh articles tend to appear very high on search engines very quickly. This means that provided you can write about your experiences in dealing with your customers, you can bring your business very high visibility on the internet without having to spend a fortune on Search Engine Optimisation and without the on-going expenses that this involves.
You can start a blog for free by signing up to wordpress.com. There are other free blogs that you could use but word press is the most SEO friendly blogging tool that you can currently find. Blogging works wonders with search engines such as Google.
Once you have signed up with wordpress and started a blog, follow the simple steps below and you will very quickly be able to make your articles visible to your prospective customers on the internet.
It is best that you write an article which is based on a specific question that your customers are likely to ask you. Your blog post in effect will give the answers to these questions. By doing this repeatedly you will start positioning yourself as an expert in your particular field.
You will prove your knowledge, experience and personality through the articles that you write. If your article is focused on one specific question that your customers ask you then there is a good chance that when they search the internet for this question, your article will appear on the top of the search results. The more questions you are able to answer through different blog posts, the more of an expert you will be seen by those who seek answers to the related questions.
If you give out good, valuable information which is based on your experience and your experience with customers, those that visit your blog will assume that your knowledge is far greater than the information you have just given away.
Once you have written an article you can post it on your blog in a way that will enhance the blog post’s visibility.
To learn about easy ways to enhance the visibility of your blog posts, read the following article on social media solicitor.
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“How would you like to have me – a qualified internet law solicitor – sitting in your office, waiting, “on call”, to leap to attention and give you my very best internet law advice, answer, or strategy any minute you need it, day or night?”
The problem: how to access important, good quality, up-to-date and free advice on online reputation management of your business when you need it.
The answer: A dedicated Internet Law Google search engine.
Here’s just a tiny sampling of the gems to be found in the dedicated internet law search engine:
1. I am a victim of online defamation – do I need an injunction?
2. What do I need to do to make my business compliant with recent changes in social media?
3. Why some bad reviews appear so high in search results?
2. The reason why I should not click on links to defamatory search results
3. What are the 5 most essential steps I need to follow when I face internet defamation against my business?
4. What are the dangers to my business in obtaining injunctions to stop online defamation?
5. What are the new laws about internet trolling and why are they relevant to my business?
6. Can a business be bullied online?
7. What type of court orders are best to avoid?
8. How can a website still be visible many years after it was deleted and how does this affect the way I should approach internet defamation?
9. How can I reduce the chances of defamation being committed by my employees?
10. What is the first thing that I need to do when an employee steals my customer list?
11. What sort of language and tone is best do use when responding to a derogatory online review?
12. The truth about removing defamatory webpages with SEO.
13. How to go about removing defamatory articles from complaints websites.
14. What is the very first thing I need to do if I find my business listed on a complaint’s website?
15. How do I find out who owns my company’s domain name?
16. What are the essentials of an effective corporate reputation crisis management strategy? – a blue print.
17. The three most important foundations of every cease and desist letter
18. Can Google be sued for displaying defamatory search results?
19. Is it possible for a listed company to sue a shareholder for defamation?
20. Why is it important to obtain disclosure orders against Go daddy from one particular court that is based in Arizona?
21. Is it worth suing a poser of defamation who uses investor’s forums to defame a listed company?
22. What exactly is a Google Bomb and how do I defuse it?
23. How can I tell if I am about to become the victim of an online reputation attack before the attack occurs?
24. What is the best method to respond to a defamation cease and desist letter?
25. What is the relationship between online reputation management and the use of social media?
26. I am a victim of defamation on the internet. Any advice?
27. Is a forum host liable for defamation that is being posted by the users?
28. Chat websites and blackmail – how not to become victim
29. What is the difference between a defamation lawyer and a social media lawyer?
The above is just a small sample of the questions you can ask me at any time, day or night.