Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update - Vol. 2, Issue 3 - June 2011


In this issue: Do Consumers Have Property Rights in Their Personal Information Collected by Website Operators?; NLRB Gets Worked Up Over Social Media Policies; Linking Liability: One Win, One Loss for Google in Europe; Google’s Mobile Device Tracking Raises Privacy Concerns; Contract Formation via Email: Traditional Rules Apply; The Terms That Bind: Revisiting the Enforceability of Online Agreements; Facebook’s Trademark Claims Against Teachbook Dismissed; Real News About Fake News Sites; Facebook Claims Its Political Ads Are Too Small to Comply With FEC Regulations; and Status Updates.

We welcome you to the latest issue of Socially Aware, our guide to the law and business of social media. We are delighted to announce that, earlier this month, we received the 2011 Burton Award for Best Law Firm Newsletter! We wish to thank our contributors and readers for their continued support.

In this issue, we discuss whether consumers have property rights in their personal information; new employment law developments involving social media; copyright concerns raised by online linking; Google’s recent announcement to offer behaviorally targeted ads for mobile devices; new cases involving the formation and enforceability of online contracts; an update on Facebook’s trademark suit against Teachbook; the FTC’s crackdown on promotional websites posing as news sites; and Facebook’s concerns regarding the FEC’s new regulations for political ads. Plus, we present a snapshot of the top five online display ad publishers for Q1 of 2011, and we roll out a new feature—“Status Updates”—in which we provide bite-size summaries of social media developments.

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