Shield or sword? The new EU-U.S. Privacy ShieldOn Feb. 2, European and American officials announced they had met their deadline to come up with a new framework for transatlantic legal data transfer between the United States and Europe — a new “EU-U.S. Privacy Shield.”
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Tuesday, 29 December 2015 09:00

Copyright in a YouTube world

Copyright in a YouTube worldIf you have recently scrolled through your Facebook timeline or Twitter feed, you have likely noticed a particular trend: Online content is rapidly moving toward video. The sheer volume of video being created, uploaded, and shared online will significantly change the legal landscape in the world of copyrights and, specifically, fair use.
Published in Issue Archive
Monday, 16 November 2015 09:00

Bad to the bone

Illustration: Dushan Milic
Illustration: Dushan Milic
Looking for an unscrupulous lawyer to help you bypass some bureaucratic red tape? Gambled away the firm’s money on a dodgy tip? Accidentally sexually harassed an underling? Maybe deliberately? You need Bad Legal LLP, the straight-talking law firm taking the Canadian legal world by storm on Twitter.
Published in Departments
Monday, 12 October 2015 09:00

How’s your LinkedIn?

How’s your LinkedIn?Surveys shows that 96 per cent of lawyers maintain a personal LinkedIn account. The question is now about how complete and differentiated your profile is and how are you integrating with your firm’s web site and other social media. It’s now about using it and monetizing it better than others.
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Monday, 05 October 2015 09:00

Combatting the lynch mob

Illustration: Dushan Milic
Illustration: Dushan Milic
Billie Holiday, in her 1939 song Strange Fruit, sang: “Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze. Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.” She was singing about lynch mobs. In the southern United States, in the late 19th century and first half of the 20th century, mobs of white people lynched black men for crimes that were presumed and never proven. Historians estimate about 3,500 black men were murdered in this way. With some notable exceptions, the legal profession looked the other way.
Published in Commentary
Facebook — why your firm should ‘like’ itMany years ago, lawyers pondered whether their firms needed a web site, something nowadays as ubiquitous as photocopiers. The question now is, to Facebook or not to Facebook?
Published in Web exclusive content
Monday, 07 September 2015 09:00

Social media e-discovery: its time is here

Social media e-discovery: its time is hereSocial media is an important source of discovery in an increasing range of cases and can often yield the most important evidence. Social media and its derivatives are prevalent with many people using social media as their dominant communications channel, preferring some in-app messaging tools to e-mail. Corporations, too, are using these media to target and communicate with their customers. Ignore these sources and you leave potentially game-changing evidence on the table.
Published in Commentary
Cloak and dagger: privacy and defamation in social mediaParody accounts have added some levity to our daily social media browsing but they can also cross the line on occasion. Whether it’s our favourite political target like Stephen Harper, or an entertainer like Bill Murray, parody accounts seemingly have the ability to say publically, under a cloak of anonymity, what we would never dream of saying to someone one-on-one.
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John Ratchford says there are two kinds of risk posed by social media — inappropriate use and failure to engage.
John Ratchford says there are two kinds of risk posed by social media — inappropriate use and failure to engage.
When a crisis hits, in-house counsel can be an important part of the risk management team and that includes paying close attention to the risk to be managed in social media.
Published in Latest News
Monday, 09 June 2014 08:00

Link in to law through social media

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Photo: Shutterstock
It is hard to believe 10 months of articling have come and gone. With that comes the end of this series of articles about articling.
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