Blake Dowling: Insurance for your digital mouth – Florida Politics – Florida Politics (blog)
You can get a cyber insurance policy to protect your organization if hit with ransomware or cyber security threat.
This can help recoup lost dollars, data, productivity and any other repercussions from a cyber intrusion/breach. There may be more fallout once the damage is assessed, firings (see Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her never-ending journey down the cyber rabbit hole) new policies put into place and other measures to prevent a future incident.
But what happens when someone sues you over a tweet? Does this happen? Yes.
As our world evolves, being held liable for what’s said on the web is becoming more common. It is certainly worth noting the fact that internet ranters and trolls may be silent in the real world, but on the digital platform, that’s where it gets ugly.
Someone may have a complete online meltdown online and cross a line — maybe Sally or Sammy Respectful during the day, but at night behind their Twitter handle of @HELLFIREMEDIA they might be putting you at risk (if they work on your staff, team etc.).
Being mouthy online can come with baggage. If you are also affluent, that makes you a bona fide target.
Let’s think about rocker Courtney Love who owns the publishing rights to the Nirvana catalog (inherited from her deceased husband Kurt Cobain). Rich and mouthy, affirmative.
Love has been a party in three defamation suits, coming from irresponsible Twitter use, one settled for only $780,000.
So, today’s advice (free of charge), be very careful what you send out to the cyber-verse, specifically if it paints someone else in a negative light.
While it appears most online libel suits are rarely successful — as proving malicious intent is difficult — even weak cases that don’t see