Legal Concerns Went High Tech in 2012


As we look back at 2012, it is clear that some of the most significant legal issues involved the intersection of the law and technology. Moreover, the impact of technology can be seen in nearly every area of law from criminal law to business law.

In business law, the growing popularity of social media is causing headaches for many companies. While employers have attempted to adopt policies regulating the use sites like Twitter and Facebook, the National Labor Review Board has taken an active role in policing these policies to make sure that they do not restrict the rights of employees.

Legal disputes have arisen regarding who owns an employees’ Twitter or LinkedIn account after they leave the company. Finally, data breaches also landed several big companies in hot water. Class-action lawsuits against LinkedIn, Zappos, and Citibank all highlighted that it is much easier to prevent a security breach than it is to clean up after one occurs.

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