Do You Know The Law Online?


The true answer is probably no. A new study commissioned for suggests that, on average, only 44% of people were able to identify correctly illegal activities when presented with a range of possible online scenarios including defamation, copyright infringement and hacking.

Those scenarios are not just the preserve of the lawyers anymore. Every day usage of the internet means that in our personal or private lives one way or another we will encounter them and risk infringing the law. The same is true for your employees who if breaching the law while on duty for you, could land you in considerable trouble too.

More than 2,000 consumers completed nine tests measuring their ability to spot online activities that break the law. For example, respondents were asked to pick out a libellous tweet about a celebrity, or decide what an incitement of violence on Facebook was, all very topical issues.

As a result, to try to educate internet users has launched a free online test – similar to the one used in the study – which lets users test their own understanding of how the law applies online and check out advice on how to stay out of trouble.

It is a very worthwhile exercise both as an individual and organisation, and the site also holds a large amount of additional information and guidance on how to stay on the right side of the law.

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Tim Fuell only joined the Webfusion team last year but having been a customer of the group for more than 10 years, he knew all about their success in the Web hosting field. After writing his Masters thesis on the threat of cybersquatting way back in 1998, he has seen the Internet grow beyond even his wildest dreams. A journalist for over 16 years and a qualified Solicitor, Tim is one of a team of bloggers in the Webfusion stable aiming to educate, inform and assist their online readership.