Has someone threatened to post something about you online? Or has a journalist been in touch about an article they intend to publish about you? Unfortunately, sometimes a business competitor, an ex-employee, an ex-partner, someone you have met in your personal life or even a member of the public can post malicious or false posts about you online for all the world to see. If you are a public figure or a high profile company you may be more likely to be the subject of negative media interest.
In a recent privacy claim involving a ‘kiss and tell’ publication, the Claimant was a former lottery winner. He and his then wife won £41 million on the ‘Euromillions’ Lottery in 2012 and their win was surrounded by extensive publicity. In 2016 the Claimant started a sexual relationship with the Defendant whom he met in Tenerife. Their relationship broke down the following year and she wrote and published a book about their relationship entitled “Google Me No Lies”.
Drones or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAEs) have become increasingly popular and are now being sold online or on the high street in the thousands. However, because most drones have cameras fitted which record and store footage captured from the air, they can also present considerable privacy and data protection risks.
Restaurants and pubs across Cornwall are complaining about a series of negative reviews on TripAdvisor left by an anonymous reviewer. These reviews criticise the food and drink of the establishments and make unwelcome observations about the staff. Unpleasant and anonymous social media posts have become an undesirable reality of today’s social media world. Derogatory internet reviews can damage personal and business reputations and cause loss of customers and profits. But is there anything that the restaurateurs and publicans can do about negative online reviews?