Monthly Archives: July 2017

Defamation, privacy and harassment on WhatsApp: a new legal frontier?

Part of the appeal of WhatsApp, the instant messaging service, is that it allows you to join groups from which you can send messages and pictures to other participants across the globe with relative ease and at no cost. Gone are the days when parties or other social events are organised by email or invitations sent by post (at least amongst younger generations). WhatsApp provides immediacy and is user-friendly.  No surprise, then, that Facebook bought it for £11.4bn in 2014.

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Defamation and privacy claims: making a statement in open court

In Sir Cliff Richard OBE v the BBC and Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police [2017] EWHC 1648 (Ch), Mr Justice Mann reviewed the law on statements in open court, and the grounds upon which the court might refuse to permit them.

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