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Facebook faces record £500,000 fine for Cambridge Analytica data breaches

The Information Commissioner’s Office (‘the ICO’) has published a progress report on its investigation into the “invisible processing” of individuals’ personal data and the “micro-targeting” of political adverts during the EU referendum campaign.  The investigation is principally concerned with the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal in which third party developers used apps (for example, a personality test) to “scrape” users’ personal data and that of their [Facebook] friends.  This was ostensibly done under the guise of academic research, but the demographic information gathered is said to have been used in political campaigns in the UK and overseas. Up to 87 million Facebook users are believed to have been affected, including one million in the UK.

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Court orders Facebook to disclose information behind deletion of deceased person’s Facebook account

In Sabados v Facebook Ireland Ltd (2018; unreported) His Honour Judge Parkes QC (sitting as a Judge of the High Court) ordered Facebook Ireland to disclose information pertaining to a request which it had received (and acted upon) to delete the account of a deceased person.

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Martin Lewis to sue Facebook

Martin Lewis, the consumer campaigner, has announced that he intends to issue defamation proceedings against Facebook in respect of misleading advertisements bearing his name that have been published on the social media platform. It is claimed that many of the adverts show Martin Lewis’ face next to endorsements that he has not made.  These include adverts for binary trading schemes that are viewed as scams by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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Chairman of Oriental Fine Arts Academy of London wins libel claim over embezzlement/corruption slurs

Selvaratnam Suresh, an honorary chairman, trustee and co-founder of the Oriental Fine Arts Academy of London (‘OFAAL’) has succeeded in his libel claim against Abdul Samad, Amirthalingam Nagarajah and Kajananan Sathananthan, after the defendants agreed to retract their allegations, apologise and pay compensation and costs.  The first two defendants are parents of pupils at the West London Tamil School.  The third defendant is a former pupil and the president of the school’s alumni association.

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#MeToo, naming and shaming: a risky business?

“#MeToo”: Five letters that have been tweeted millions of times in the past month, and demonstrate the enormous power of social media and how it can bring about change for the good.  The feeling of solidarity is a cathartic experience for many who have been the victim of sexual abuse, harassment or other forms of coercive behaviour.  Beyond this, the reach of the hashtag is already challenging outdated social values and societal norms.

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The rise of fake news

In 2016, 82% of adults in the UK used the internet on a daily basis compared with just 35% in 2006. Smartphones and mobile devices are the most popular tools for adults to access the internet with 71% accessing through smartphones. Using the internet for social networking on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram has continued to grow rapidly over the last decade with 63% of adults using some form of social media every single day in 2016. In November 2016, Samsung produced a study which found that the average person will spend three years of their lives updating their social media accounts and Facebook’s latest statistics confirmed that they have 1.28 billion daily users.

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Culture Secretary calls for overhaul of online abuse law

Maria Miller, the Culture Secretary, and Senior Labour MP Yvette Cooper have both called for a review of the law governing online harassment, stalking and abuse to prevent inconsistent enforcement and to encourage those affected to report the crime.

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Ex-husband awarded £5,000 damages for Facebook libel

The case of Stocker v Stocker, the first libel trial of 2016, provides a stark warning to those who post defamatory material on social media. In this case the Court held that the claimant had been defamed by his ex-wife and he was awarded £5,000 of damages.

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