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The Law Around Social Media
Social media is now a huge part of our personal and working lives. With the use of Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, blogs, WhatsApp etc, it is inevitable that personal and working lives are intertwined. Thus, it is important to understand your rights and obligations in the use of social media especially in the areas of law that encompass privacy, breach of employment contracts, intellectual property, defamation and criminal law. Understand when an employee has crossed the line in the use of social media and how to deal with it. Learn the various statutory and common law duties you owed to your employer and how not to breach them. Real life examples and case scenarios will be provided to give you an opportunity to apply these knowledge to actual situations.
Get an overview of the areas of law that impact on the use of social media. Learn how to protect your business interests and rights by taking steps to ensure that your intellectual property rights areprotected, the dos and don’ts are carefully worded in employment contracts and how allegations of defamation or breach of privacy law can be avoided.
- Understand how and when it is appropriate to collect clients’ data via social media and when it is deemed to be a breach of the Personal Data Protection Act
- Develop a cogent company policy on the use of social media during and after office hours
Appreciate the legal implications on the use of social media outside working hours
Understand the legal definition of defamation and how to avoid it
Learn about employer’s and employee’s statutory and common law duties and breaches when using social media
Assess if an employee’s misuse of social media is a ground for summary dismissal and how to prevent allegations of unfair or unlawful termination
Differentiate between misconduct and gross misconduct
Learn what is a due inquiry process and how this should be conducted
Appreciate the various remedies available such as injunction in the event of misuse of social media by a competitor
Recognise the various criminal offences that can occur in the misuse of social media
Safeguarding business interests
Understanding legal implications when using social media
Enforcing legal rights
Differentiate the various intellectual property rights
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Alfred Lim is a litigation lawyer and a director of a law firm. His primary practice is in commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction disputes. He has acted in matters at all levels of the Singapore Courts as well as in institutional and ad-hoc arbitrations. Alfred obtained his Bachelor of Engineering, Civil (Honours) from the National University of Singapore before obtaining his LLB (Honours) on its accelerated Graduate LLB programme. He was a former prosecutor with the Ministry of Manpower and the Attorney-General's Chambers before joining the private practice. In September 2015, he attended Harvard Law School where he was trained in negotiation.
Alfred has been involved in matters pertaining to breaches of construction contracts, adjudications under the Security of Payments Act, product defamation, tenancy disputes, employment disputes, breaches of shareholders' agreements and High Court personal injury claims.
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