06/02/2018

Yes, there are porn lawyers in the UK and it's all gonna be all right!

Working as a lawyer in the internet environment could be challenging, worrying and at times highly frustrating. It's good however that at Cohen Davis we have a culture that says that you must never give up. After all, often clients come to us just as they are about to throw in the towel and in a last effort to solve a long standing legal issue concerning them and the internet.

In many cases they get referred to my firm but only after their regular non-internet specialist lawyers have tried their best to help but failed. Not everyone in the legal profession appreciates the value of experience and knowledge of the internet industry to making a success out of a client's case.

Unfortunately, sometimes new clients come to us for help after years, yes years, of suffering and we always wish they had found out about us a bit earlier so that they could have avoided months and years of unnecessary pain. Hopefully this blog post will help achieve that.

But what really makes the work of an internet lawyer so worthwhile is where you achieve an extraordinary outcome. An extraordinary outcome is an outcome which turns the life of your client from being completely miserable to becoming absolutely fantastic.

In one of those cases a gentermaan telephone our officers before Christmas last year. He was crying on the phone. After some prompting he told one of my colleagues that four years ago he was in a bad place, he was homeless, away from his wife and children.

He was deparete and needed money so when he was approached by someone who offered him a couple of hundred pounds to take part in a short pornographic video he reluctantly agreed. That video turned out to be derogatory and highly embarrassing. Since its publication, he said, he lives in constant shame and fear that his wife and children will find out. The video also exposed him to blackmail and harassment. He previously spoke to other lawyers who told him that nothing could be done about the situation. He said that he was resolved to take his own life if we told him we couldn't help.

He said we were his last hope. He has been saving money for 4 years with the hope that one day he will find a lawyer who will be willing and able to take on his case. Fortunately for him, he came to the right place! What he saved however was not nearly enough to cover a project like this but nevertheless my colleagues insisted that we took on his case.

We all worked extra time here to have his case resolved before Christmas, which we did manage to do. After a successful ending, he then sent us the most beautiful testimonial which made the whole thing worthwhile for all of us here. He also wanted us to tell his story, of course without mentioning any names, because he knows there are other people out there, just like him who are victims of pornographic extortions and who are as desperate to get their lives back, by having pornographic videos deleted from the internet, as he was before he made that call that changed his life.
"I don't know if you have the real notion of what just happened! You guys have helped me to overtake the most difficult moment of my life! You were the ones on my side when I couldn't find hope anywhere else! I felt I was being understood from day one. You understood the whole situation and you were capable of putting into words all the turmoil that was inside me. Even your patience ,with my almost daily calls asking for updates ,was overwhelming! Great team, great people ! God bless you all, Thank you!"
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24/11/2017

A right to be forgotten solicitor

How do I make a successful right to be forgotten application

Google has now confirmed that 61% of the right to be forgotten applications made on behalf of those who live in the UK are being rejected. 

It means three out of five right to be forgotten are being turned down for whatever reason. 

There are, however, numerous common denominators for the majority of the right to be forgotten rejected applications. 

Right to be forgotten
Right to be forgotten


These include Citing ‘defamation' as a cause, citing 'historical information' or citing 'unlawful use of an image, all without backing these causes up with strong data protection reasons. 

The most
important law to mention in the application is the UK Data Protection
Act 1998, which is derived from European law. Under section 1 the
processing of the data must be “necessary”, it must be “relevant” and
“proportionate” and it must “not be excessive”. If the webpage about you
contains information which is untrue or defamatory, then you may state
in your application that the data is “irrelevant” to you under the Data
Protection Act because it is false and therefore is wrongly attributed
to you. 




Visit the Internet Law Centre to read the full article and to learn how to make a successful
application under 
a right to be forgotten

Right to be Forgotten

A Google Search result to an article about a previous criminal conviction might just as readily be removed based on one person’s application or it might be rejected based on someone else’s application. The consequences of an uncessefful right to be forgotten application go Google are huge.

Upon close examination of a score of rejected right to be forgotten applications we have identified 3 common errors that are likely to contribute to a failed application.  
Right to be Forgotten
These are as follows:
1. Citing ‘defamation’ as a sole reason for removal: most rejected applicants cited defamation as the main or sole reason why their right to be forgotten application should be successful. The truth is that...Read more about making a sucessful application under a  Right to be forgotten

02/07/2017

Yair Cohen BBC interview on new investigatory powers in the UK





Last year Security Services in the United States told Yahoo
it had to create and install a backdoor system to its email operations system
so that it will be made easier for the state to spy on users’ data when spying becomes
a necessity. Both the US government and Yahoo were criticised at the time but a
year on and the UK government is about to pass a law which will require all telecommunication
to build into any service they develop a backdoor entry for the government. This
sounds bad but it might after all not be such a bad idea because at least when data
spying is being governed by law, this allows to create checks and balances on a
far more transparent basis than currently exists.