Social Networking: Law, Rights and Policy

Social Networking: Law, Rights and Policy

The first book to deal with the complex technology, law, rights and policy issues of social networking.

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Editor: Paul Lambert | ISBN: 978-1-905536-55-9 | Format: Paper Back 234 x 156  | Publication Date:  3 April 2014 Price: €99 (£88 $127)  Extent:   55o pages (including prelims and index)

exhaustive and informative … timely, welcome and significant contribution … will inform the debate as to how these serious issues can be addressed by social and legislative initiatives.”

Professor David Bainbridge
, Author of Information Technology & Intellectual Property Law 6th ed


Social Networking: Law, Rights and Policy is a timely book which examines and explores many of the pressing issues presented by social networking and the array of legal issues, challenges and concerns that it has given rise to.


Social networking itself is wonderful yet staggering. In a short space of time user populations greater than the populations of nation states have joined social networks. One social networking website and one related website each report amassing over 1 billion regular users.

Yet, the legal and other issues involved with social networking and related websites are getting as many media headlines as the technologies themselves. Some of these are similar to established legal issues, however, with increasing frequency, the issues are entirely new.

In addition, the scale of the issues are at a level unprecedented in collective memory.

If that was not enough, the pace of the legal and other issues which must be considered, and more importantly the pace and urgency with which they must be dealt with, add significant temporal pressures.

It is timely and appropriate for a legal book which seeks to outline the new law and issues relating to social networking.

Social Networking: Law, Rights and Policy also sets these developments in the context of social networking but also related websites and the wider developments of Web 2.0 second generation internet.


Reviews: Social Networking Law, Rights and Policy

This formidable volume by a thought leader and expert contributors tackles the vital issues surrounding one of the most ubiquitous social trends of our times.  I applaud its focus on the importance of privacy and the need for Privacy by Design in social networking systems.”
 Ann Cavoukian, PhD, 
Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada;
 World’s Privacy by Design (PhD) Expert

Social networking, data protection, privacy and online safety are increasingly important. This excellent book grapples with these new and sometimes complex concerns.” 
Jan Philipp Albrecht MEP
 (Member European Parliament);
 Member Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs; LIBE Data Protection Report Rapporteur

exhaustive and informative … timely, welcome and significant contribution … will inform the debate as to how these serious issues can be addressed by social and legislative initiatives.”
 Professor David Bainbridge, 
Author of Information Technology & Intellectual Property Law 6th ed

a clear and comprehensive resource for anyone interested in the … issues presented by social networking.”
 TJ McIntyre
, Lecturer & Associate Dean, Sutherland Law School, UCD; Chairman, Digital Rights Ireland

excellent … address[es] the wide range of issues that result from the tensions between innovation, freedom … right to be left alone … social networking and education, children, sports people, evidence, employers and the administration of justice. I recommend it to anyone who wants to keep abreast of this challenging area.”
 Rónán Kennedy, 
Law Lecturer & Director Law, Technology & Governance LLM, National University of Ireland Galway

A valuable introduction to … the new issues that arise with the social web.”
 Adrian Weckler, 
Tech Editor, Independent Newspapers

About the Editor and Contributors

Expert contributors from industry and practice located in the US and throughout Europe. Editor Paul Lambert is Solicitor at Merrion Legal, Lecturer at NUIG, PhD candidate at TCD and author of Data Protection Law in Ireland: Sources and Issues (Clarus Press, 2013) and texts on UK Data Protection Law and courtroom broadcasting.


Contents include:

Social Networking Websites Sample Statistics of Social Networking Abbreviations and Meanings

PART I: Introduction

Chapter 1: Introduction

PART II: Internet and Social Networking

Chapter 2: Internet and Technology

Chapter 3: Concerns

Chapter 4: Privacy and Data Protection

Chapter 5: Early to Current Data Protection

Chapter 6: Interim Data Protection

PART III: Social Networks

Chapter 7: User Generated Content

Chapter 8: Social Networking Policies

Chapter 9: Advertising and  Marketing

Chapter 10:  Beacon Settlement

Chapter 11: Europe Against Facebook

Chapter 12: Facebook Audit

Chapter 13:  Laws ‘Re- Phormed’?

Chapter 14:  Data Breaches

Chapter 15: Tagging

PART IV: Social Networking and Evidential Issues

Chapter 16: Evidential Issues

Chapter 17: Cloud Computing

PART V: Employees and Education

Chapter 18: Employees

Chapter 19: Educational Institutions

PART VI: Personal Issues

Chapter 20: Tracking the Trackers

Chapter 21: Personal Relations

Chapter 22: Social Networking After Death

Chapter 23: Profiles in Purgatory

Chapter 24: A Critical Approach to Right To Be Forgotten

PART VII: Children and Social Networking

Chapter 25: Children on Social Networking

Chapter 26: An Irish Perspective

PART VIII Social Networking and Internet Access

Chapter 27: Social Networking and Internet Access

PART IX: Social Networking, Peer to Peer and Privacy

Chapter 28:  Social Networking, Peer to Peer and Privacy

PART X: Social Networking and Sport

Chapter 29: Social Networking and Sport

Chapter 30: Soccer Players on Social Media

PART XI: Social Networking and Courts

Chapter 31: Social Networking and Courts

PART XII: Data Protection: the Future

Chapter 32: Privacy by Design

Chapter 33: Data Protection Audits

Chapter 34: The Future


Who should buy this book?

Social Networking: Law, Rights and Policy will be of great interest to lawyers specialising in IP, company law, employment law, tort, family, sports and data protection.  This book will also be of great interest to the following persons and institutions: Compliance personnel, HR managers, IT managers , legal academics, students, librarians, schools, universities, employers,  parents, organisations dealing with online abuse, sports organisations and policy makers, website operators and internet users.




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