When news broke about the NSA surveillance program, privacy became a hot topic. This week, the debate about how to maintain privacy in the digital age continues with Facebook's recent release of its Graph Search function to the general public. Seemingly inconspicuous information on a Facebook user's profile can now be quickly and easily pulled up in a public search. While the implications of this function are yet to be seen, it will likely create an additional wrinkle in how employers respond to employee social media use.

Other technology news this week focused on the interaction between social media and employees' free speech rights, what employees' Facebook posts say about their personalities, and how employers can harness the power of social media to promote their businesses.

Technology and the Workplace
Social Media Free Speech Rights Complicated for Workers (USA Today)
Does Your Email Policy Pass Muster? New NLRB Decision Offers Guidance (Labor & Employment Law Perspectives)
Can Promoted Posts Help Your Business? (Mashable)
Do Those Bong Photos on Facebook Really Translate to Workplace Habits? (ARS Technica)
If You've Ever Posted Anything Embarrassing on Facebook, Now is the Time to Hide It (Slate)

Technology and the Law
Privacy Group Asks Supreme Court to Halt NSA Phone Spying (Wired)
Skype Blunder Interrupts George Zimmerman Trial (LA Times)
School Used Student's Facebook Photo to Illustrate How Embarrassing Posts Never Die, Suit Says (ABA Journal) (Huffington Post)
WI Law Enforcement Awaits Mobile DNA Testing (Dubuque Telegraph Herald)
Iowa DOT Using Facial Recognition Technology (The Gazette)

There's an App for That
14 Gadgets to Keep You Safe This Summer (Mashable)
Rain or Shine, Top 5 Weather Apps Worth Having (LA Times)
Top 10 Apps That Will Change Your Life (WSJ)
The Best Concert-Finding Mobile Apps (NPR)

Topics:  Cybersecurity, Facebook, NSA, Personally Identifiable Information, Right to Privacy, Social Media, Social Networks, Surveillance, Warrantless Searches

Published In: Communications & Media Updates, Labor & Employment Updates, Privacy Updates

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