Tag Archives: Harassment

#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  Beyond this, the reach of the hashtag is already challenging outdated social values and societal norms.

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Harassment and privacy claims arising from dating apps

If one recent survey is to be believed, nearly a quarter of Britons use dating apps.  A dating app is a smart phone application which typically allows the user to search or “swipe” through other singles – often presented like a never-ending deck of cards. If the user swipes right, this indicates that they ‘like’ the person. When the same person swipes right, this generates a “match” and each individual has the facility to instant message one another, thus enabling – in theory – a romance to blossom. The best known app of this type is Tinder, but it is a model that has been used or varied by several different platforms.

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Brett Wilson LLP and its lawyers recommended in Legal 500 directory

Brett Wilson LLP has been ranked in the 2017 edition of the Legal 500 as a leading firm in the fields of Reputation Management, White Collar Crime/Fraud and General Crime.  The latest edition was published on 11 October 2017 and marks the sixth consecutive year that Brett Wilson LLP has featured in the directory.

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Libel/Defamation: Libel, privacy breaches and harassment on Snapchat

Snapchat is a multimedia messaging mobile application (app) that allows users to send videos and photos to their contacts. The recipient can normally only view an image/video for a limited period of time (perhaps just a few seconds).  This encourages some users to send risqué (sometimes explicit) images/videos to one another. This feature is far from foolproof. A receiving party may take a screenshot of the image or a photo and/or video of the screen with a separate digital camera/phone.

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Harassment Warnings/Police Information Notices: Restraining Orders without due process?

The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 (PHA) was introduced to target stalking.  For the most part, Parliament had strangers in mind, whether physically following a victim and/or persistently giving them unwanted attention.  As is often the way, enforcement of the Act evolved from those early intentions.  Now, the vast majority of prosecutions involve people who know each other, one of them reporting that they are the victim of a course of conduct which amounts to harassment by the other, and which that person knew or ought to have known caused them harassment alarm or distress.  The basic offence, section 2 of PHA, is a summary-only offence (meaning it can only be tried in the Magistrates’ Court) but the more serious offences of harassment putting people in fear of violence (section s4 of PHA), or stalking involving fear of violence or serious alarm or distress (section 4A of PHA), can be tried in the Crown Court and both incur up to five years imprisonment.

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IPSO launches new arbitration scheme for claims against the press

Earlier this month the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) announced that it was starting a year-long arbitration pilot scheme for resolving disputes against the press. The scheme officially started on 26 July 2016 and will be run by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR).

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Metropolitan police launch “Online Hate Crime Hub”

The Metropolitan Police are to set up a two-year pilot scheme involving five officers and a team of volunteers to identify online abuse and support victims.  Based in London, the team will filter and identify online hate crimes (hostile offences aggravated by reason of the victim’s race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity) and allocate cases to the appropriate local force.

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