Your monthly digest on all legal technology news happening around the Caribbean.
* Community activist Moses Sulph will have to pay former United Democratic Party politician Mark King $30,000.00 over a slanderous Facebook post, following a landmark court ruling in the Supreme Court this week. The ruling is to date the largest sum attached to a defamation case relating to a Facebook post. Click here to read more.
British Virgin Islands
* British Virgin Islands - Parliament recently passed the Elections (Amendment) Act, 2019 which will facilitate electronic voting and eliminate the need to count ballots by hand. Click here to read more.
* The Cayman Islands Investment Group has announced the development of a new Digital Asset Trading Platform based in the Cayman Islands. Click here to read more.
* Cable and Wireless was granted leave to pursue a lawsuit against Grenada’s Telecommunications Minister and the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) on the grounds of discrimination over alleged improprieties in the issuance of spectrum licences to telecommunications providers in Grenada. Click here to read more.
* The Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission has announced that an Electronic Transaction Bill is currently being drafted and will be presented to Cabinet Jan. 29th 2019, which is intended to protect the rights of customers who shop online. Click here to read more.
* At least two academics believe that an upgrade in local regulations is now needed to ensure that there is effective net neutrality in Jamaica. Click here to read more.
* A man who reportedly posted a nude picture of his ex-girlfriend on Instagram, was offered $150,000.00 bail when he appeared at Magistrates’ Court. Click here to read more.
* A list of the technology matters Jamaicans can expect to garner some attention in the local news media and among stakeholders in 2019. Click here to read more.
* Justice Ministry set to use Legislative Production Management System software to tackle the Island's extensive outdated legislation. This will expedite the process of getting laws to Parliament and facilitate workflow and knowledge management to unify and automate related functions carried out by several departments of Government. Click here to read more.
* A shortage of workers at the Cyber Forensic Crimes Unit due to a high turn-over rate is being blamed for lottery scam cases stalling at least one Parish Court. Click here to read more.
* A Former Moravian Minister was awarded $16 million in his defamation lawsuit against Latoya Nugent, co-founder of the women’s advocacy group Tambourine Army. Nugent posted the defamatory comments on Facebook. Click here to read more.
Trinidad & Tobago
* The High Court recently held that the Telecommunications Services of T&T (TSTT) was a ‘public authority’ under the Freedom of Information Act and therefore subject to the Act’s access and disclosure provisions. Members of the public now have a general right to access TSTT’s official documents, with certain exceptions. Click here to read more. Click here to read the full case.
* Police have issued a warning to be wary of falling prey to scams on social media platforms after victims were tricked into paying large sums of money in exchange for employment. Click here to read more.
Around the World
* After a series of mob lynchings in India which was blamed on a fake news report, WhatsApp has restricted forwarding of messages in an effort to combat fake news worldwide. Click here to read more.
1. Defamation in the Digital Age by Francine Derby
“Defamation is committed when someone publishes to a third person words containing an untrue imputation against the reputation of another. The medium of publication is immaterial.” Read more here.
2. Data Protection Legislation a Must by David Gittens
“On this data privacy day, we encourage persons to appreciate that not only is their personal information important and valuable, but once they have it entered into a computer system, without the required laws and security protections, that information can be easily stolen, modified, sold, or misused.” Read more here.
3. Data breaches are inevitable- Here’s how to protect yourself by W David Salisbury
“It's tempting to give up on data security altogether, with all the billions of pieces of personal data — Social Security numbers, credit cards, home addresses, phone numbers, passwords and much more — breached and stolen in recent years. But that's not realistic – nor is the idea of going offline entirely.” Read more here.