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Gone, But Not Forgotten – A Deactivated Facebook Account Can Be Discoverable

Courts have long grappled with social media in a legal context. The struggle to understand social media issues — and to craft coherent applicable legal policy — renders Crowe v. Marquette Transportation Co. Gulf-Inland, LLC...more

Facial Recognition Technology: Social Media and Beyond, an Emerging Concern

This week, a major self-regulatory initiative intended to address privacy concerns associated with facial recognition technology hit a significant stumbling block. Nine consumer advocacy groups withdrew from the National...more

EU Data Privacy Updates

A brief rundown of developments in recent weeks in the area of EU data protection law: - EU Data Protection Regulation - On Monday, June 15, the EU Council (comprised, for purposes of data protection reform, of...more

Can Employee Display a Confederate Flag on Facebook as Free Speech? Or Can Employer Take Action?

There’s been lots of talk lately about the Confederate flag and its symbolism in the aftermath of the Charleston shootings. But I wondered: How has this flag come up in the context of employment discrimination cases?...more

California’s Eraser Law: What IP Attorneys and Owners Need to Know

Hector recently graduated from UC Berkeley and is anxious about his upcoming job interview. He is about to enter the adult world. But he has also got a bigger problem: When he was 17, he was not as wise as he is now at the...more

MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!: New Employment Laws for Social Media Accounts

The Nutshell - Effective July 1, 2015, Virginia Code § 40.1-28.7:5 prohibits employers from requiring that current or prospective employees disclose information about their personal social media accounts....more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2015

California’s Eraser Law: What IP Attorneys and Owners Need to Know - Hector recently graduated from UC Berkeley and is anxious about his upcoming job interview. He is about to enter the adult world. But he has also got...more

When Bad Things Happen to Good People...On the Internet

The internet has generated countless new ways to communicate and share thinking. Some posted information is negative, which can still be useful when messages are truthful, in good taste, and constructive. But some negative...more

Belgian Data Protection Authority Sues Facebook Over Privacy Breaches

As already stated in a previous blog post, on May 13, 2015, the Belgian Data Protection Authority issued a recommendation in which it expressed its concern about Facebook tracking users, non-users and logged-out users without...more

District Court Dismisses Data Breach Class Action Against GameStop, Inc.

The US District Court for the District of Minnesota recently dismissed a data breach class action against GameStop, Inc. and Sunrise Publications, Inc. (d/b/a Game Informer) for lack of constitutional standing because the...more

CFAA and SCA Do Not Prohibit Creation Of A Fake Facebook Page

The defendants in a case pending in Chicago federal court were accused of contravening Facebook’s terms of use by accessing its computers in order to create a phony page and then using it to ridicule someone. In Bittman v....more

Supreme Court Requires Proof of Criminal Intent Even If Facebook Threats Are Obvious to a Reasonable Person

On June 1, 2015, in Elonis v. United States, ____ U.S. ___ (2015) (Docket #13-983), a case involving statements made on the Criminal Defendant/Petitioner’s Facebook page, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the Third Circuit’s...more

Harassing Facebook Posts Justify Termination

A recent labor arbitration decision illustrates that an employer can terminate an employee who uses social media to insult and threaten co-workers in violation of a workplace harassment policy. This case arose when the...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - June 2015

ADVERTISING - UK: Tweaks to rules on sales promotions and competitions - The UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) has introduced changes to the provisions of its advertising code which deal with the running of...more

User Beware: Facebook’s Internet.org Platform Considered to be “Privacy Nightmare”

On May 4, 2015, Facebook introduced Internet.org Platform, an open program for developers to create services that integrate with Internet.org. However, many privacy advocates have deemed the Internet.org Platform to be a...more

Facebook Takes a First Step Toward Mass Adoption of Encryption

This week, the social networking service Facebook quietly announced that it will begin making PGP encryption available for communications from Facebook to its users. While this step, in itself, is a small one not likely to...more

SEE YOU IN COURT – June 2015

Last year, Mal Content ran for the Nutmeg Board of Education on a platform of constituent service, with advertisements promising, “Tell me your problems, and I will find you solutions.” Despite Mal’s grand promises, he was...more

Supreme Court Update: Elonis V. United States (13-983), Taylor V. Barkes (14-939) And Bank Of America V. Caulkett (13-1421)

The Court handed down four opinions and a summary reversal to kick off the busiest month of the term. This update will cover Elonis v. United States (13-983), the much anticipated "Facebook threats" case, along with Taylor v....more

SCOTUS rules Facebook posts not threatening without intent

The Supreme Court of the United States of America (SCOTUS) ruled on June 1, 2015, that violent Facebook posts of a husband about killing his wife with a mortar launcher and blowing up FBI agents cannot be considered...more

Facebook vs. DESIGNBOOK: Is Anybody Watching?

One might assume that Facebook, the ubiquitous social media platform that aggregates and analyzes nearly 1 billion users‘ data, would know every nook and cranny of the USPTO trademark database. Apparently, that’s not quite...more

Applying the Video Privacy Protection Act to Online Streaming

Passed in 1988, the VPPA prohibits a “video tape service provider” from “knowingly” disclosing a consumer’s “personally identifiable information” (“PII”) to third parties without his or her consent. The VPPA defines a “video...more

How Does the Supreme Court’s Recent Facebook Decision Impact Schools?

In a recent decision, Elonis v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court held that in order to convict a man for alleged threats made against his wife on Facebook, the prosecutor must show some level of intent. It was not enough...more

Supreme Court Decides Elonis v. United States

On June 1, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Elonis v. United States, No. 13-983, holding that to support a conviction under a federal statute that makes it a crime to communicate a threat, prosecutors must prove a mental...more

Business Law Newsletter - May 2015

In This Issue: - Social Media Accounts in Bankruptcy: Business or Personal? - Should Your Company Allow Pets for Take Your Dog to Work Day? - Excerpt from Social Media Accounts in Bankruptcy: Business or...more

Status Updates: Errand Apps for Everyone?; A Right to Be Forgotten Update; Your Entire Google Search History

Information wants to be (not quite) free. In its early years, the Internet was often seen as a vehicle for democratizing data, taking information that was previously accessible only to a select few and making it available to...more

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