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Use of Big Data in Recruiting and Screening Could Mean Big Problems for Employers

Recently, Allison Grande of Law360 reported on the warnings representatives from the FTC and EEOC provided to employers about using big data in the workplace at a panel hosted by the FTC. This post briefly explores those...more

Week in Review

Some popular online services made legal headlines this week. After years of litigation, a federal appeals court held that Yelp did not extort businesses by manipulating user reviews to coerce advertising purchases. While Yelp...more

"Eye on Privacy" Newsletter - September 2013

In this issue: - Digital Advertising Alliance Releases Guidance on the Application of Its Self-Regulatory Principles to the Mobile Environment - TCPA Update: Recent Decisions and Significant Upcoming Change to...more

Week in Review - June 27, 2013

This week, technology is affecting how we do business, how we plan for the distribution of property at death, and how we enforce the laws. Nevada is the latest state to adopt a social media privacy bill. Businesses are...more

Franchising Newsletter – April 2013

Overview - There have been several franchising developments since our last update in February. This edition discusses: - minimising the risks when marketing through social media - comments from...more

Advertising Law -- Apr 18, 2013

In This Issue: No Rest for the NAD, As it Decides Multiple Mattress Disputes; Fur Sure? Retailers Make Faux Faux Fur Claims; Got Settlement? Muscle Milk Suit Settles for $5.3 Million; TCPA Class Actions Prohibited in New...more

Supreme Court Raises The Bar For Class Actions

Today the U.S. Supreme Court rendered a pivotal decision, holding that as a prerequisite for certification of a class action, a plaintiff must introduce admissible evidence to show that the case is susceptible to awarding...more

McAfee & Taft tIP Sheet - March 2013

In This Issue: - 3 Monitoring employees’ use of company trademarks in social media - 5 Keys to ensuring the secrecy of trade secrets - 6 FTC amends Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule - Excerpt from...more

Social Networks and Trade Secret Misappropriation: Can your company’s “friends” list be a trade secret?

Trade secrets are aspects of your company that, if discovered/used by a competitor, could significantly impact your bottom line or your ability to compete in the marketplace. Recently, a federal court in Colorado held that...more

Online Data Seller Settles with FTC over Sale of Social Media Data

The Federal Trade Commission’s willingness to exercise its enforcement authority under the Fair Credit Reporting Act was evident again last week in its $800,000 settlement with data broker Spokeo, Inc., described in an FTC...more

Background Checks: There's An App For That

In January of this year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a warning to three companies that sell mobile applications (apps) which provide background reports, including criminal record reports. The issues are whether...more

Act Now Advisory: FTC Warns That Background Searches via Mobile App May Violate the Fair Credit Reporting Act .

On January 25, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") sent warning letters to three companies that market, in total, six mobile phone applications ("Apps") that provide users with background check...more

Is Your Company's Social Media Launch Ahead Of Its Compliance Program

Many businesses are still coasting along enjoying the marketing advantages of social media without making sure they have a good compliance program in place. For every company with a Facebook fan page or Twitter account...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update - Vol. 2, Issue 2 - April 2011

In this issue: FTC Charges Google With Deceptive Practices; California District Court Holds Facebook Posts Subject to CAN-SPAM Act; Ninth Circuit Takes Sides in Battle Over Terms of Use in World of Warcraft Case; New Charge...more

What’s Not To Like About Social Media?

Whether it is the creation of instant stardom for a homeless man (the “voice” Ted Williams) through a viral YouTube video, or the tweeting of a congresswoman’s imminent meeting in a parking lot and subsequent tweeting of the...more

Advertising Law - November 23, 2010

In This Issue: A Primer on Avoiding the Potential Pitfalls Associated with Social Networking; FTC Files Suit Against Dietary Supplements; That Claimed to Prevent Diabetes; Failure to Post EnergyGuide Info Results in FTC...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update - Vol. 1, Issue 3 - September 2010

In This Issue: 2 PR Firm Settles With FTC for Posting Positive Reviews for Clients’ Products on iTunes 2 Facebook Launches Location- Based “Facebook Places” Functionality 3 Account-Holders May Quash Subpoenas...more

To Friend Or Not To Friend: New Developments that Impace Social Media's Place in the Office

Employers and employees are continuing to grapple with the use of social media in the workplace. On the one hand, social media can be a powerful online marketing tool that provides access to 500 million users (and that number...more

Time to Revise Your Internet Postings and Electronic Resources Policies (Again!)

As social media continues to affect your business, there are a few more steps that you should be taking to protect your assets. The Federal Trade Commission has revised and posted its "Guides Concerning the Use of...more

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