New Internet Trolls Law

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New internet trolls laws

New internet trolls laws

Chris Grayling’s announcement of 2 years jail term for internet trolls is inconsistent with the ministry of justice’ reluctance to prosecute internet trolls. In 2013 the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) published clear guidance to prosecutors under which communications that are grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or false but deficient in detail (as most tweets are) will be unlikely to be prosecuted. This means that offences involving twitter in particular are subject to a high threshold and that in many cases a prosecution is unlikely to be in the public interest. Whenever prosecution is not in the public interest, police is unlikely to waste time investigating the offence in the first place. On the ground, it is clear that unless the police is given direction and resources to enable it to start investigate anti-social behaviour on social media, the imposition of longer maximum jail terms to internet troll pays nothing but a lip service to the increasing number of victims of online anti-social behaviour.
In reality, almost half of the calls made to the police in the UK relate to alleged offences committed via social media. Only a tiny number of those calls will result in a crime being recorded and a handful will actually be investigated, let alone prosecuted. Out of those prosecuted, only numerous will relate to social media offences committed against normal members of the public and the vast majority of prosecutions will related to famous people, members of Parliament and celebrities.
2 years maximum jail term for internet trolls will make no difference to a single internet trolling victim until the police is directed and given the resources to investigate social media offences.

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176k in damages to posters of a Ripp off report review

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In a somewhat bizarre case, a couple who posted a review on the notorious American website RipOff Report against a company they felt provided a disappointed service, had been awarded damages by a court in the USA for having received unfair demands by the company to remove their review.

The company sued the couple for an alleged breach of A Non-Disparagement clause, which is a common clause in the USA that restricts individuals from taking any action that negatively impacts an organisation, its reputation, products, services, management or employees.

The court found that this clause was not part of the engagement agreement between the parties at the time of their engagement, which meant that the company had not been justified in taking legal action against the couple.

The Federal court awarded damages of $300,000 (£176,000) without ruling on whether non-disparagement clauses are legal in consumer matters.

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Fake reviews plague consumer websites | Money | The Guardian

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Fake reviews plague consumer websites | Money | The Guardian

Fake reviews plague consumer websites
Consumer website reviews should give you the truth about goods and services – unless they’ve been written to order.

Many of the fake reviews uncovered by Money were written by computer science specialists in countries such as Bangladesh, India and Indonesia, who, for a relatively low fee, will write and send false reviews using scores of aliases and fake addresses. Read more

Mike Deri Smith
The Guardian, Saturday 26 January 2013

Right to Erasure: Australians could win a legal right to delete drunken party pictures from social media sites

The Australian Law Reform Commission says people should have the right to have embarrassing photos they posted online removed from the web.

http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/right-to-rub-out-embarrassing-pictures-and-data-posted-online-floated-by-the-australian-law-reform-commission/story-fnjwnhzf-1226766338419

The Internet Law Centre

Cyberattack in Israel “shuts down” road for hours

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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.

via Cyberattack in Israel “shuts down” road for hours – We Live Security.

Is it safe to use Gmail?

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Gmail privacy court case

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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.

Can a hotel sue a guest over TripAdvisor online review?

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Defamation of a restaurant on TripAdvisor

Defamation on TripAdvisor

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.

Quebec hotel sues former guest over online review | canada.com.

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Internet Blackmail on Social Media

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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.

Cyber scams take advantage of hope and trust | Society | The Guardian

Cowards Are Blackmailing Young Women to Death on the Internet | VICE United Kingdom

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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.

Cowards Are Blackmailing Young Women to Death on the Internet | VICE United Kingdom.

 

 

Blackmail of Children on the Internet

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“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.

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Blackmail on the internet

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 scum is that it is 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 scum.
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

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Abouts Internet bullies

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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.

Caroline Criado-Perez and the Psychology of Cyber-Bullying and Twitter Trolling | Dr Raj Persaud

Teenage girl made to give £15,000 to Facebook blackmailer

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A 16 year old Muslim girl was left so terrified, after being blackmailed on Facebook to a point where she agreed to hand over £15,000 of her mother’s gold jewellery.

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Blackmail on the internet

Leicester Crown Court heard how Aamir Khan, from Leicester frightened the girl in an attempt of blackmail. Khan claimed that he had secretly recorded the pair during an intimate moment in his car and threatened the girl that he would post the video on Facebook as well as send a copy of it to her parents if she did not pay him. The girl was so frightened that she handed to Khan her mother’s jewellery worth £15,000.

In a private statement the young girl told of how she even considered ending her own life over the ordeal. In June 2013 Aamir Khan admitted to blackmail and was sentenced to just over three and a half years.

This case demonstrates the frightening increase in the number of cases where individuals are being blackmailed over the internet. Most cases are never reported to the police because victims are too frightened and terrified of the possible consequences of doing so.

The most common forms of blackmail over the internet are linked to negative online reviews and to sexual acts.

Be careful what you do share with people online. Consider your profession. The people who are most likely to become victims of blackmail on the internet are teachers, doctors and some civil servants.

If you become victim of internet blackmail, call us immediately or speak to another qualified internet law lawyer before you take any action.

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