U.S. tech company Yahoo Inc is to face a class-action lawsuit in America. It is accused of illegally intercepting emails sent to Yahoo Mail accounts from non-Yahoo Mail users and using the content to focus advertising and boost revenue. Yahoo is accused of copying and analysing non-Yahoo Mail users emails, including attachments, in order to create “targeted advertising” for an estimated … Continue reading
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Huff Post Live interview: Facebook faces class action claim in Europe
A 25,000 member class action has been considered against Facebook by a court in Austria. Following alleged breaches of EU privacy law, mass surveillance and involvement in the NSA’s Prism snooping programme, privacy campaigner Max Schrems has officially filed the complaint which is currently being considered. A decision on whether the claim can succeed to a full consideration is … Continue reading
European Court ends ‘benefit tourism’
On 11 November 2014, I joined the BBC News team to discuss the case of Elisabeta Dano, who brought her case against Jobcenter Leipzig following a refusal to make a ‘basic provision’ payment. Speaking ahead of the judgment, which later confirmed that economically inactive EU citizens who go to another Member State solely in order to … Continue reading
Unlocking the holiday pay conundrum – what is owed?
I appeared on BBC Radio5Live (at 1:51:37) on 8 September 2014 to discuss reports that workers unions are mobilising and preparing for an attack on British employers in the coming months. This activity follows the European Court of Justice’s May decision in Lock v British Gas which determined that the interpretation of ‘normal remuneration’ under domestic law … Continue reading
The Oscar Pistorius Trial: Why is the UK so interested?
A few weeks ago I spoke with Marvin Meintjies of the Sunday Times in South Africa about the impact the televised trial of Oscar Pistorius was having in the UK. Old and new media have handed over a huge amount of coverage to the criminal proceedings. Here’s what I had to say, as reported in … Continue reading
The Oscar Pistorius Trial: the social media story, so far
The Oscar Pistorius trial has attracted blanket coverage on news channels around the world. Like the trial of OJ Simpson, almost two decades ago, allowing television cameras into the court room has arguably made it easier to sensationalise the trial and encourage a media circus. However, it is the reporting of the case via social media … Continue reading
Oscar Pistorius: trial by social media
It has been called the trial of the century before it has even started and for the next three weeks the world’s eyes will be focused on a court room in Pretoria, South Africa, as 27 year old Oscar Pistorius defends himself against a murder charge. It is over a year since the death … Continue reading
Social media mishaps of 2013: what can we learn?
End of year round-ups are all well and good, but what can we learn from the mistakes of the past 12 months? As well as planning resolutions for 2014, we should take time to look (and laugh) at some of last year’s most cringe worthy social media mistakes and how to avoid more of the same. … Continue reading
Tweeting hit and run driver convicted and fined by Magistrates
A driver who took to Twitter in May this year after hitting a cyclist with her car has been convicted and fined by Magistrates in Norwich. Emma Way tweeted that she “Definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike earlier. I have right of way – he doesn’t even pay road tax! #bloodycyclists”. Her tweet quickly … Continue reading
All the world’s a stage (or a life of P.I.)
It may have been ten years since I completed my training contract and last worked in a high street firm, but as I took my seat at the Donmar Warehouse theatre recently, all too many memories came rushing back. As soon as I entered, the vast set stood proud in familiar shades of magnolia and … Continue reading