Sharon Kleyne & Neville L. Johnson Explore Privacy & Bullies In Digital World

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Legislation Needed To Protect Citizens from Privacy Violations. Sharon Kleyne & Neville L. Johnson Attack Cyber-Bullies.

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Date aired: April 17, 2017

Guest: Neville L. Johnson, founding partner of Johnson & Johnson, LLP

Neville L. Johnson, LLP and a founding partner of Johnson & Johnson in California, devotes some of his energy as an attorney and citizen to serving with Public Justice, an organization of twelve lawyers that takes on cyber-bullying, most recently in Washington, D,C, and Oakland, California. Johnson’s work caught the eye of Water advocate Sharon Kleyne, which led to Johnson joining her as a guest recently on Kleyne’s nationally syndicated The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on VoiceAmerica, sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®.

Sharon Kleyne, founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, has experienced cyber-bullying firsthand in the past and she quizzed Johnson about its causes and what might be done about it. Kleyne speculated that a deep need for attention drives those who wind up bullying others. Kleyne believes that everyone should be more polite and respectful in their homes and that schools should offer a course on Manners and what’s positive about them. “I love China, for instance,” Kleyne says. “The Chinese believe in hugging and they are concerned for each other.”

“Everyone has the right to a good reputation,” Johnson says, “but we’re sure making it harder.” Johnson, author of The John Wooden Pyramid of Success, believes that reality television shows like Survivor, social media like Facebook and the corporate practice of gathering everybody’s data are partially to blame for cyber-bullying. “We could also use a robust public debate on conflicts created by the First Amendment,” Johnson says. “It needs to be established that you can’t break the law to get news.”

Johnson also informed Kleyne that perhaps the biggest issue facing our internet-driven lives is the Communications Decency Act, which makes Google, Facebook, Yahoo and others exempt from lawsuits. “The biggest problem for employees in the U.S.,” Johnson warns, “is the law that says an employee can only sue an employer through arbitration.” Johnson explains that such a system is weighted in favor of the employer because it’s the business that hires the arbitrator. “A law has been introduced in Congress to change this situation,” Johnson says, “but so far Republicans have blocked it.”

If you are the victim of cyber-bullying or privacy piracy,” Kleyne and Johnson agree that your options are limited. If it’s something posted on line, you should ask the poster to take it down. If that doesn’t work, offer a rebuttal. Finally, you can threaten to sue. “It’s important to keep after it,” Johnson says. “I still regret that I didn’t come to the aid of a kid being bullied in the second or third grade; that still bothers me. We need more love and respect every day,” Johnson adds. “We need to be more mindful. Respect is what everybody deserves at all times. The most important thing,” Johnson concludes, “is to be a good person.”

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