Michael Odoherty

Michael O'Doherty, Barrister-at-Law & author of Internet Law


Lesley Caplin Senior Associate

Lesley Caplin, McCann Fitzgerald


EOD 17 Oct 18

Dr. Eoin O'Dell


Fergal C

Fergal Crehan BL, Data Protection Officer


  • What constitutes defamation on the Internet
  • Challenges facing both users and social media platform providers when defamation is alleged
  • When free speech veers towards hate speech
  • Fake news and what we can do about it


The General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679 - the GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 get everywhere. And they have increasing impact on social media. This presentation will cover relevant data protection issues, including:

  • data protection principles, and how they apply to social media,
  • bases for lawful processing for personal data and special categories of data, 
  • data subject rights, including recent cases on the right to erasure (‘right to be forgotten’),
  • and exceptions from those principles for reasons of freedom of expression, including recent cases on processing for journalistic purposes.

Using details from real-life cases, this presentation will consider a variety of types of online abuse, and examine the various laws that may help in dealing with them. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but you may have options.

Dealing with online abuse

  • You are the subject of welcome online attention from a variety of online sources. What are your remedies in respect of threats, defamation, impersonation, and crude abuse? 
  • What laws cover this behaviour, and how to use Social Media platforms own Terms of Service to help you

Cyber-stalking and harassment

  • Where criminal law can help you

Removing viral content about yourself from the internet

  • Using your Right to be Forgotten and other Data Protection rights; your options in Copyright and Intellectual Property law


  • Unmasking anonymous users - and protecting your own anonymity

Our inaugural conference in this area will address the following questions in relation to social media and the workplace:

  • Does an employee enjoy an absolute right to privacy over their social media content?
  • What are the limitations to an employee's right to freedom of expression on social media?
  • What are the limitations to an employer's right to monitor the social media usage of its employees?
  • When is a company's reputation brought into disrepute by the social media usage of its employees?
  • Can an employer be held vicariously liable for the damage caused by its employees' use of social media?
  • Achieve actionable learning. Attendees will come away from this interactive event with detailed knowledge of key legislation and future developments from a governing, legal, management and social point of view.
  • Have your say and make a difference in a topical yet critical area of our social makeup.
  • Earn 3 General Legal CPD hours.
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