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Top 10 Technology Blunders for Employers

As one who presumably has no nude selfies, you may not be too concerned about a “hack” like the one that continues to afflict celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty...more

Discovery of Social Media Data

The digital revolution has caused tremendous growth in the volume of documents stored and collected electronically. It has also caused the creation of new sources of digital data, one of the most significant of which is...more

WhatsApp plus Facebook, what data protection issues?

Adding 450 million monthly users to 1.3 bn monthly users costs $19 bn according to Facebook, but also means that the buyer will be able to know about (and benefit from) much more information on its users to be potentially...more

Advertising Law -- Nov 27, 2013

FTC Shoots Down COPPA Compliance Request Based on Social Networking - The Federal Trade Commission has denied an application from AssertID seeking the agency's approval of a proposed method of verifiable parental...more

California's New "Eraser Button" Law Allows Regretful Teens to Remove Embarrassing Internet Postings

California became the first state to sign into law a bill that requires websites and apps to provide an “eraser button” to its users under the age of 18. The law, S.B. 568 signed by California Governor Jerry Brown, has two...more

Advertising Law -- Sep 26, 2013

Julia Child Foundation Whips Up Lawsuit Against Williams-Sonoma - Williams-Sonoma illegally used the name and likeness of the late Julia Child more than 100 times in advertising, marketing, and promotional materials...more

Advertising Law - Aug 01, 2013

DNT Standard Remains Elusive - The struggle to set a standard for a Do Not Track program continues. Two years into the process, the Tracking Protection Working Group of the World Wide Web Consortium has failed...more

Privacy Alert: New COPPA Rule Effective July 1, 2013

New amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule go into effect today, July 1, 2013. Amongst the significant changes introduced by the new Rule, the newly expanded definition of “personal information” and new...more

Social Media And The Shifting Landscape: Enhancing consumer touch points and marketing impact

UNDERSTANDING AND TARGETING THE CONSUMER - Now more than ever, retailers need to focus on delivering relevant content, products and services to meet the individual needs of consumers. Retailers need to better...more

Employees Have Accepted Their Big Brother

Have we finally reached the point where employees not only accept, but actually like when their employers monitor their computer activities? Really? Well, maybe “like” is a bit of a stretch still, but employees have...more

Mofo Tech -- Spring/Summer 2013

In This Issue: - Here Come the Feds -- What President Obama’s second term means for the tech industry - Log In: ...Feds cast an eye on social media - Focus: ...3-D’s IP dimension -...more

The Great Disappearing Acts: California Considers Two Bills Addressing the Removal of Online Information of Minors

Do you ever find yourself worrying that, given the types of things minors deem appropriate to post on social networking Web sites like Facebook and Twitter, our country won’t be able to produce an electable candidate for...more

FTC Votes to Keep July 1 Compliance Deadline for COPPA; California Bill Would Require Removing Children's Personal Information...

The Federal Trade Commission voted unanimously this week to keep the July 1, 2013, compliance date for the new COPPA Rule. Representatives from several industry groups had asked the FTC to delay the compliance date to give...more

Homework For The Privacy Commissioner Of Canada: Guidelines To Follow

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics tabled its Report, entitled “Privacy and Social Media in the Age of Big Data” on April 23, 2013....more

"Eye on Privacy" Newsletter - March 2013

In this issue: - FTC Releases Privacy Disclosure Guidelines for Mobile Ecosystem - California Attorney General Issues Privacy Practice Recommendations for Mobile Ecosystem - Mobile Apps: Learning from...more

A Fistful of Data: Facebook and Profile Technology, Inc. Showdown Over the Right to Use Outdated User Information

As social media matures and users become more concerned about the privacy of the information they publish online, New Zealand-based search engine app company Profile Technology, Inc. and Facebook are engaged in a legal battle...more

Activity at the Federal Trade Commission

There is much going on at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) these days, particularly in the privacy arena. In addition to the settlements discussed below, today the White House confirmed that President Obama will nominate...more

FTC Guidelines for Mobile Applications: New Standards for Transparency and Notification Dictate Responsibilities for All Parties...

Mobile applications allow users to direct ill-tempered birds toward the buildings of evil pigs and can operate as a tool to let you know when is the best point in a movie to excuse yourself to the nearest restroom. They are...more

Be Careful What You Ask For: Michigan Limits Employer Access To Personal Social Media

Michigan’s Internet Privacy Protection Act (IPPA) prohibits employers from gaining access to applicant and employee personal Internet accounts. When the IPPA became effective on December 28, 2012, Michigan joined Maryland,...more

Online Interest-Based Advertising Icon to Be Used on Facebook to Give Greater Transparency and Choice Regarding Targeted Ads

On February 4, 2013, the Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program issued a decision that concluded its inquiry into how the online advertising industry's Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral...more

FTC Releases Guidance on Mobile Privacy Best Practices; Enters Into $800K Consent Order with Path

The FTC guidance released February 1 is Mobile Privacy Disclosures: Building Trust Through Transparency: A Federal Trade Commission Staff Report. In Mobile Privacy Disclosures, the FTC as the primary federal regulator on...more

FTC Updates To Online Privacy Acts, COPPA And VPPA

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) was enacted to place parents in control over what information is collected, used and disclosed from young children online. COPPA applies to operators of commercial...more

FTC Announces New COPPA Enforcement Action & Mobile Privacy Staff Report

Authorship credit: Michael Young At a press conference this morning, outgoing FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz announced an $800,000 settlement of its recent enforcement action against Path, the operator of a social networking...more

FTC Revamps COPPA Rule

Two and a half years after initiating a review of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (the “Rule”), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on December 19, 2012 that the Rule will be amended to clarify...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update -- Volume 4, Issue 1 -- January/February 2013

In this issue of Socially Aware, our Burton Award-winning guide to the law and business of social media, we explore the challenges that arise when employers and employees battle over work-related social media accounts; we...more

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