Instant and impulsive but public, permanent and potentially harmful, social media messaging and posting can make or break a business, a relationship or a reputation. Our digital and online profile and legacy can frequently be one of our most valuable assets in life (and death), but if misused or mismanaged can cause irreparable damage.
Across every department, BDB has specialists to advise individuals and organisations in this fast developing sector. Whether you are new to social media, developing the next big thing or seeking ways to engage a wider audience, our specialist team can navigate you through the regulatory, ethical and legal landscape.
We can help you recognise and release the full potential of social media, protect you from the risks and provide you with practical and cost effective solutions.
The popularity of mobile devices has seen a surge in the development of apps and games. Whether you are a user or developer you should be aware of the wide ranging regulations affecting this growing sector.
With so many products on the market and different user experiences and preferences, it is not unusual for employees to want to use their own technology both in and out of the workplace. It is essential that policies are put in place to protect your organisation.
There are several types of crowdfunding and fundraising options available to commercial enterprises, charities and entrepreneurs. Recognising what is right for what you need can be a challenge in itself and there are a number of factors you should consider.
Breaches of data protection legislation can carry considerable financial and criminal consequences. Potential liability extends to mishandling data on social media and it is essential to comply with key principles.
A reputation can take years to build but can be lost in moments by the publication or broadcast of a defamatory allegation. In the age of instant access news, the internet and social media platforms allowing stories to spread like wildfire, prompt action needs to be taken.
Social media and the increasing variety and value of digital assets means that it is essential to work out what should happen to your digital and online assets in the event of your death. Without forward planning, some valuable digital assets may be very difficult or even impossible for your heirs to locate. There may also be other assets which you might assume your heirs are entitled to simply by knowing your password but some such assets are not legally transferable on death. This affects how you should store some digital items in your lifetime.
Improved mobile communications and the popularity of social media has revolutionised the media and retail sectors. Selling online and through social media channels is accessible and simple, but presents its own risks and challenges.
The use of social media by employees can pose a number of risks, including cyber-bullying, reputational damage and reduced productivity. A sensible policy and reasonable approach to social media use can ensure that it is used positively and action can be taken where necessary.
How people act online and how they represent themselves can have an impact on any organisation or individuals they are affiliated to or associated with.
Protecting the reputation of your organisation brings benefits and prevents damage. This means taking pre-emptive steps and being ready for action if a crisis hits.
Third party and user generated content can be a risk for organisations, service providers and anyone with an online presence. The extent to which liability transfers or is shared will be a key concern to many.
Cloud computing is used by many businesses and it is favoured by start-ups and SMEs due to its cost efficiencies. With issues such as Heartbleed however, businesses must be aware of cyber crime and have sufficient business continuity plans if things go wrong or if a cloud provider becomes insolvent.