Category Archive for: ‘Social media’

Serious Invasions of Privacy – a new Cause of Action in Australia?

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) released its final report on “Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era” (Report) yesterday, setting out the detailed legal design of a statutory civil cause of action for serious invasions of privacy.  In a report commissioned by the Gillard government in 2013, the ALRC recommends that the cause of action be enacted in …

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8 things you need to do now that Facebook has banned “like-gating”

“Like our page!” is a phrase you see a lot on Facebook.  But following a change to Facebook’s Platform Policy last week, you may not see it as much.  Great news for users, but maybe not-so-great news for those businesses relying on like-gates to gain traction on Facebook.  Here are 8 things that all businesses on Facebook will want to think about now …

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Milk-crate-gate, or, is there really no such thing as an original idea?

It’s not often that a milk crate makes national news headlines, but social media is now abuzz over claims of possible copyright infringement involving this ordinarily innocuous object. Australian artist Jarrad Kennedy has raised a cyber-eyebrow over the similarities between his 2005 McLelland Sculpture Prize entry and Hany Armanious’ Pavillion, a 13.7 metre high piece of public art soon to …

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US Food and Drug Administration releases draft guidances about social media and online communications

On 17 June 2014, the United States’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two draft guidances relating to the promotion of prescription drugs or medical devices online or on social media. Designed with patients in mind, the FDA is aware that patients and health care providers often get information about FDA-regulated products through social media and other online sources, and …

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The rise of the citizen journalist and the online blogger

Digital technologies and social networking websites have radically altered the nature of news reporting. In particular, news reporting has succumbed to modern society’s need for immediacy. The Internet has given rise to the “citizen journalist”, who is able to upload one-off breaking news items when arriving first upon the scene of an event. Whilst the increased access to newsworthy items …

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15 minutes of fame: keeping “in-app” purchases in-check

The days of unauthorized in-app purchases are well and truly numbered, following a spate of private and regulatory enforcement action in the United States, and the issue being firmly on the agenda of regulators in the UK, EU and Australia. Our friends at our sister blog In Competition have written a post about this issue. For more, see here.

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The ALRC conducts Inquiry into “Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era”

The average internet user will click “I agree” to countless Privacy Policies (or 1,462 in a year, if you believe this research) without a second thought. Yet, as we forge further into the ever evolving digital age, more and more personal data is being shared by an increasing number of internet users (Facebook counted 1.23 billion users last month), without …

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IP Whiteboard editor published in Internet Law Bulletin: Recent legal developments involving Twitter

If you still think that Tweeting is something only birds do, it’s time to fly the coop. Launched in 2006, Twitter is an online social networking site that enables its 645 million registered users worldwide to send and receive 140 character “Tweets”. More than 5700 Tweets are sent every second and up to 75% of mainstream journalists now find stories …

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Think before you speak, think before you tweet –social media and defamation

While most of us are posting mundane Facebook statuses about what we had for breakfast, or tweeting about our reactions to ‘The Bachelor’ (or is that just me?), Andrew Farley was doing a whole lot more last year, according to a judgment published only recently, but handed down in November 2013 in the District Court of NSW. Farley posted a …

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