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Privacy in the Cloud: A Legal Framework for Moving Personal Data to the Cloud

For many companies, the main question about cloud computing is no longer whether to move their data to the “cloud,” but how they can accomplish this transition. Cloud (or Internet-based on-demand) computing involves a shift away…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Status Updates - October 2014 #12

..Unfree speech? In the United States, the First Amendment would likely prevent the prosecution of someone who posted racist or anti-Semitic messages on a social media platform. But social media platforms operate worldwide, and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Counterfeit Goods: Has the War on ISPs Just Gotten Tougher?

The pressure on ISPs to take responsibility for the sites accessible through their services has been growing in recent years (e.g., the requirement for certain ISPs to block filesharing sites). On October 17, 2014, the High…more
| Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Status Updates - October 2014 #11

..Clearing the air. Aereo, the startup broadcasting service that lost big in the U.S. Supreme Court last June, just lost another, and possibly its last, court battle. A U.S. district judge in the Southern District of New York,…more
| Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking

Status Updates - October 2014 #10

..Time change. Until now, Twitter has made a clear distinction between people you follow and people you don’t follow: You only saw tweets from those whom you followed. Now, the service, in what it calls a “timeline experiment,”…more
| Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Privacy

Status Updates - October 2014 #9

Court spanks parents. In a landmark decision, the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled in Boston v. Athearn that parents can be held responsible for the social media activities of their kids. The case involved a seventh-grade boy who,…more
| Communications & Media Law, Education, Labor & Employment Law, Personal Injury

Status Updates - October 2014 #8

..Doctor in the mouse. What if you could input a list of your current symptoms to Google, and quickly be connected with a doctor for a brief consultation? For a limited trial period, Google seems to have set up such a system for…more
| Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Privacy, Health

New York Family Court Magistrate Allows Unprecedented Service of Process via Facebook; Will Others Follow?

In a little-noticed decision, Matter of Noel v. Maria, Support Magistrate Gregory L. Gliedman—a Staten Island, New York family court official—recently permitted a father seeking to modify his child support payments to serve…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Family Law

Status Updates - October 2014 #7

..Big and bigger. Facebook and Twitter are the leading social media networks and, according to a recent Forbes article, they have some interesting similarities and key differences. Facebook is clearly the larger and more…more
| Communications & Media Law

Status Updates - October 2014 #6

..Buy local. Facebook has just announced that it’s going to provide hyper-local advertising services for merchants who want to reach consumers in very specific geographic areas. This new feature reportedly will allow a business…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Electronic Discovery, Privacy

Status Updates - October 2014 #5

..Big Brother isn’t just watching. A single mother in upstate New York was surprised to find that she had a Facebook page in her name, complete with photos of her, her son, and her niece. She hadn’t actually set up the page. It…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Status Updates - October 2014 #4

..Yik yuck. As we’ve discussed on this blog, secrecy is all the rage these days in the online world. Yik Yak – a particularly edgy social media app that seeks to preserve user anonymity – is sweeping the country, or at least the…more
| Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Status Updates - October 2014 #3

..Upward mobility. These days, Facebook videos, taken as a whole, are receiving a total of one billion views a day, and at least 65% of those views are occurring on mobile devices, Facebook VP of global marketing solutions…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Implementing and Enforcing Online Terms of Use

Operators of social media platforms and other websites must manage a large number of risks arising from their interactions with users. In an effort to maintain a degree of predictability and mitigate some of those risks, website…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Status Updates - October 2014 #2

..Filling a gap. Gap Inc., the clothing retailer, is using social media to establish a web presence focused on feminism, equal pay for equal work, and progressive values. For example, the company produced an Instagram video,…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology
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