The internet and social media is constantly evolving. In the last decade alone we have seen the rise and fall of Bebo, the rise and rise of Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. The smartphone and 3G mobile access have revolutionised the very way we communicate. It is almost impossible for people to keep up to date with all the changes.
So what then about the law? Updating and reforming the law has always been a lengthy process and it cannot keep pace with the changes online. And because of the speed at which the internet is changing, we can find laws being applied to scenarios that were never even imagined when they were originally drafted!
Nevertheless, there is a body of law emerging in relation to the internet and social media. It is becoming more and more important for the average internet user to be aware of their online rights and responsibilities.
In this section, we deal with some of the most common issues for internet and social media users.