Delphine MEILLET has significant expertise in the judicial inner workings of internet related crimes for clients’ protection. Whether you are an individual or a company, the firm will ensure that any prejudice is stopped and that fair compensation is awarded. Being an experienced criminal lawyer with an up to date knowledge of Internet law, Delphine MEILLET guarantees an efficient management of your case, no matter how complex.
Today, creating a Facebook profile is a couple of clicks away. In such circumstances, it is very easy to damage a reputation, whether it is an individual’s or a company’s.
The most common methods include creating a Facebook profile under a false name, publishing incriminating pictures, or spreading a rumour on a social network. This can have devastating consequences on a (often young) and vulnerable person. Creating a Facebook page under a company’s name is also a widespread way of discrediting it to the public eye.
In order to fight these violations of a new kind, the French Government adopted the “LOPPSI II” legislation. The Article 222-16-1 of this law tackles the problem from two different perspectives: the victim’s privacy, and the violation of her reputation.
- The first legal provision of the new law states that anyone who repeatedly uses someone else’s identity or personal information in order to disturb their privacy is subject to criminal penalties of to one year in prison and a €15.000 fine. Protection is therefore widely available from any unlawful use of personal information, as long as this use is repetitive. Incriminating elements can range from comments on an online forum to the very content of a website.
- The second provision of the law considers the use of someone else’s identity or personal information, but this time with the aim of damaging their reputation. The important detail is that in this case, there is no need for the action to be repetitive: the simple posting of information or photographs in order to harm someone, especially on networks such as Facebook or Twitter, could be subject to criminal prosecution.