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UK’s Financial Services Regulator: No Hashtags in Financial Promotions

Earlier this month the UK’s financial services regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), issued its final guidance on financial promotions made via social media channels. As we reported last year, the FCA...more

Status Updates - February 2015 #4

Blawg rules. The California State Bar has issued an opinion outlining the circumstances under which an attorney’s blog would be subject to the requirements of the California State Bar Act’s Rules of Professional Conduct...more

(Un)licensed to Ill: Three Common Sense Lessons Every Marketing Department Should Learn from Beastie Boys v. Monster Energy Co.

As reported by several media outlets in the last few weeks, the Beastie Boys are seeking nearly $2.4 million in attorneys’ fees from Monster Energy Co.—the maker of the eponymous Monster energy drinks—after Monster was found...more

Tinder Swipes Left on Gap's New Ad Campaign: A Reminder to Always Check Terms of Service

Tinder, a popular mobile dating app, recently shut down an ad campaign from Gap, stating that the campaign violated the app's terms of service. Gap's failure to comply with Tinder's terms of service is a cautionary tale for...more

Quoth the Maven: “Without More!” Federal Judge Dismisses Dow Jones VPPA Class Action, While Hulu Parties Square off Over...

A Growing Chorus of Federal Courts Finds User IDs, by themselves, Do Not Count as Personally Identifiable Information under the VPPA Recently, a federal district judge joined a number of his colleagues around the country who...more

Social Media: 10 Fundamental Questions All Businesses Should Consider About Their Online Presence

Twenty years ago, the social media world we now live in was the stuff of science fiction. Today, social media is a critical business tool creating unprecedented opportunities for direct consumer interaction, brand awareness,...more

Status Updates - January 2015 #3

A Craigslist conviction. The highest court in Massachusetts upheld the conviction under the Bay State’s anti-harassment statute of a couple who posted fake Craigslist advertisements that caused a great deal of trouble for...more

In with the New: 2015 Privacy, Advertising and Digital Media Predictions – Part II

More predictions about privacy, advertising and digital media trends making headlines in 2015 from Of Digital Interest editor Bridget O’Connell and predictions from our London office by Rob Lister...more

Alert: New California Privacy Law for Minors Has Taken Effect as of January 2015

California S.B. 568, titled "Privacy Rights for California Minors in the Digital World," (the "Privacy Law") took effect January 1, 2015. The new Privacy Law includes a provision known as the "Eraser Law" that gives...more

Social media sweepstakes: 10 things you should know

“How did we have sweepstakes before Facebook?” That question, which I heard during a call last week, summarizes the tremendous impact that social media has had on the use of sweepstakes and contests. These promotions are more...more

What Are the Rules of the Advergame in the UK?

Advergames are online video games that are created in order to promote a brand, product or organization by immersing a marketing message within the game. They are typically accessed via an organization’s website or app, or...more

Poetic Justice – 2014 Wrap Up (Part 1 of 2)

This is the time of year to anxiously look forward to all that is anticipated to come in 2015. But it is also the time to look back at all that has happened in 2014. Rather than simply give you links to all of my stimulating...more

Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 7 - December 2014

In This Issue: - What’s in a Like? - R.I.P.: The Facebook “Like” Gate - Facebook Dislikes Fake Likes - Privacy in the Cloud: A Legal Framework for Moving Personal Data to the Cloud - Click...more

Full Disclosure in Advertising – Recent Guidance from the FTC

Enforcement efforts by the Federal Trade Commission in the area of false advertising have long emphasized the importance of disclosing material facts relevant to advertising claims to ensure that messages communicated to the...more

FTC Enforcement Action Confirms That Ad Disclosure Obligations Extend to Endorsements Made in Social Media

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has once again made good on its promise to enforce against deceptive advertising under Section 5 of the FTC Act, regardless of the media in which the advertising appears: its recently...more

Status Updates - December 2014

Between a lock and a hard place. Should search engines be responsible for verifying the legitimacy of the companies they include in their search results? A locksmith in Lorton, Virginia, is claiming that they should. Mark...more

Facebook Dislikes Fake Likes

Money may not be able to buy happiness, but it can buy phony Facebook “likes.” And those can go a long way toward making a small business owner’s dreams come true, right?...more

Advertising Law - November 2014 #2

Shhhhh…Whisper Faces Lawmaker Scrutiny Over Privacy Claims - Just how safe is the purported “safest place on the Internet”?: Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) wants to find out. The Chair of the Senate Committee on...more

A “New World” of Fashion and Food

In a world of Instagram, Facebook and SMS text marketing, being fleet of foot in an ever-changing world of retail advertising and sales is the name of the game. As retailers and restaurateurs navigate the treacherous waters...more

Status Updates - November 2014 #8

..Pay to play. Attention, marketing professionals: The free ride that Facebook has been giving to advertisers is coming to end. We’ve recently discussed Facebook’s recently ban on “like” gating. Now, inspired by its users’...more

The New Promotional Rules: “There Are No New Promotional Rules”

There is resounding evidence that physicians and patients rely on the Internet—including social medial platforms—to research and communicate health information. FDA, however, has been slow to adapt even though the potential...more

Enforcement Priorities and Trends in Children's and Minors' Advertising and Privacy

BakerHostetler's Alan Friel recently interviewed FTC staff lawyer Kandi Parsons and Assistant New Jersey Attorney General Elliot Sibers at the opening session of the Children's Advertising Review Unit ("CARU") of the...more

It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Unless you’ve been living under rock this past week, you’ve likely heard the story of new viral sensation “Alex from Target.“ Apparently, some teenage girl took a picture of him bagging items at Target, tweeted it, and...more

Status Updates - November 2014 #3

..Lyfted documents? Uber and Lyft, two ride-sharing companies that are both expanding rapidly and trying to take business away from traditional taxis in cities across the nation, have never been on the best of terms. Their...more

Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 6 - November 2014

In This Issue: - To Click or Not to Click? Ninth Circuit Rejects Browsewrap Arbitration Clause - “Operation Full Disclosure”: FTC Warns Advertisers to Check the Fine Print - New York Family Court...more

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