How to prosecute Libel and Slander in the UK

Written by Jefferson Highway, General Counsel

Defamation of character can be a serious business inrepparttar UK. But what exactly is slander? And what is libel? Both are defined as a false statement made by one individual about another individual withrepparttar 119130 intent to harm defamed person's reputation in some way. The statement qualifies as slander if it is delivered verbally, whereasrepparttar 119131 statement is libel if it is published in some other way (for example by being written, or televised). To win a defamation case, you must generally act within 1 year ofrepparttar 119132 defamation, and you need to prove torepparttar 119133 court's satisfaction that:-

* The statement harms your reputation (an insult, for example, wouldn't do it. Politicians, too, are essentially 'un-defamable' for this very reason). * A third party was involved. Saying it just to you doesn't count. * That third party could identify you fromrepparttar 119134 statement (an anonymous statement isn't libelous).

Additionally, inrepparttar 119135 opinion of counsel above and beyond advice available to , slander requires you to show that you have suffered either financial loss or that your business, trade or professional reputation was damaged, or that you have been accused of one or more ofrepparttar 119136 following:-

* Of having committed a criminal offence * Of having a contagious disease * Of immoral conduct (women only!)

Database Hacks - Are Banks Required To Notify You?

Written by Richard A. Chapo

Ever wonder if banks are required to tell customers when their systems are hacked? You may be shocked to learn that they are not. The only exception to this standard has been database hacks that effect California residents. Companies doing business in California are required to give such notice underrepparttar California Security Breach Information Act. The situation is changing quickly onrepparttar 119129 federal level.

Regulations have been issued by federal finance agencies that now force banks to tell customers when their personal data has been exposed to unauthorized third parties. The regulations are issued pursuant torepparttar 119130 Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which contains language requiring financial institutions to prevent unauthorized access and use of consumer information.

The new regulations appear to be a reaction to several recent high-profile data leaks. They include incidents such as Bank of America losing data tapes containing information for over 1 million government employees andrepparttar 119131 breach of databases for LexisNexis and ChoicePoint. It is well known that numerous other banks have also been hacked overrepparttar 119132 years, butrepparttar 119133 information has been hushed up.

The new regulations require financial institutions to notify account holders ifrepparttar 119134 institution becomes aware of unauthorized access to sensitive customer information. The directives apply to banks and savings and loan companies, but not credit unions.

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