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Facebook Wins Appeal Over Storing Non-User Data in Belgian Court

The Belgian data protection authority has lost its legal battle with Facebook over whether the social network could track the online activities of non-Facebook users in Belgium who visit Facebook pages....more

Consider Adding Separate Annual Sublimit on Director Equity Awards

In response to the Delaware Chancery Court’s 2012 and 2015 decisions in Seinfeld v. Slager and Calma v. Templeton and Facebook’s 2016 settlement of Espinoza v. Zuckerberg, public companies that are adopting or amending...more

U.S. Government Petitions to Join Data Privacy Litigation Against Facebook in Ireland

On June 13, 2016, the United States government asked the Irish High Court to be joined as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the case brought by the Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems against Facebook attacking the use...more

North Carolina Cyberbullying statute struck down as unconstitutional

On February 9, 2012, Robert Bishop was arrested and charged with one count of cyberbullying under the North Carolina Cyberbullying statute, which states that it is “unlawful for any person to use a computer or computer...more

Social Links: Livestreaming goes mainstream; social-media-use guidance for judges; three years in jail for trolling?

Facebook signs more than $50 million worth of deals with media firms and celebrities to create videos for its live-streaming service....more

NTIA Multistakeholder Process Finalizes General Privacy Guidelines for Commercial Facial Recognition Use

We’ve previously blogged about the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) privacy multistakeholder process to address concerns associated with the emerging commercial use of facial recognition...more

When is the best time to share? It depends.

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Philosophical thought experiment - For the first five years of my consulting business, I gathered data and case studies on...more

EU-US Data Transfers?: An update on actions taken by European DPAs

After the European Court of Justice invalidated Safe Harbor on October 6, ?2015, the Article 29 Working Party announced in an October 16, 2015 statement that US companies that were Safe Harbor certified had until the end of...more

North Carolina Supreme Court Strikes Down Cyberbullying Statute On Free Speech Grounds

In State v. Bishop (June 10, 2016), the Supreme Court of North Carolina reversed a unanimous panel of the Court of Appeals and struck down the state’s cyberbullying statute, N.C.G.S. § 14-458.1 as unconstitutional....more

LinkedIn + Microsoft: A win for the social media eco-system

By now, it’s old news that Microsoft purchased LinkedIn for $26.2 billion dollars in cash. Tech sites, Time, and even the Moody ratings agency have been fairly critical of Microsoft massively overspending on this acquisition....more

Social Media Guide for Lawyers v. 3.0: Social Media Marketing and Ethics Guide

One major roadblock preventing a lawyer from engaging in social media marketing is the uncertainty surrounding how the advertising ethics rules apply to social media. This section will set forth the applicable lawyer...more

Trending in Social Media Law (Part 1): Biometric Privacy and Your Facebook Photos

On May 5, 2016, a federal judge denied Facebook’s attempt to dismiss a consolidated putative class action alleging that Facebook’s “Tag Suggestions” feature violates the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA)....more

Party’s Failure to Produce Some Facebook Data Results in Compelled Discovery of All Social Media Data (Missouri)

Rhone v. Schneider Nat'l Carriers, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 53346 (E.D. Mo. Apr. 21, 2016) - In this personal injury case, the defendants moved to compel the plaintiff to produce her “Download Your Info” report from...more

Weekly Web Wrap-Up

Welcome to Sheppard Mullin’s Weekly Web Wrap-Up, a quick list of the past week’s top news in the social media, gaming, and virtual goods and currencies industries curated by Social Media & Games Team. Here are some of the...more

Patent Applicants: Anything You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You in a Court of Law

In Indacon, Inc. v, Facebook, Inc., [2015-1129] (June 6, 2016), the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s claim construction, leaving intact the parties stipulation of non-infringement based upon that...more

Social Links: Social’s potential to upend the investment industry; online ad fraud; a proposal to fix Twitter

Social media has upended a number of industries. Is Wall Street next? Facebook is getting into the video game live-streaming business....more

Data Transfer Without Safe Harbors

European privacy law is a bold new world for U.S. businesses doing business in Europe. An October Court of Justice ruling struck down the Safe Harbor arrangement which had governed E.U.-U.S. data transfer transactions for...more

Cybersecurity News and Notes – June 2016

In Case You Missed It: US and EU officials signed on to the so-called “Privacy Umbrella” deal last week. The agreement is designed to protect the personal data of EU citizens when it is transferred to the US for law...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: June 2016

Last week, Kris Dunn of Fist Full of Talent offered some sage advice about sexual harassment training. He recommended using real world examples and creating debate about what is and isn’t sexual harassment. This advice was...more

Weekly Web Wrap-Up

Welcome to Sheppard Mullin’s Weekly Web Wrap-Up, a quick list of the past week’s top news in the social media, gaming, and virtual goods and currencies industries curated by Social Media & Games Team. Here are some of the...more

Proposed amendment to Illinois biometrics privacy law introduced then stalled

On May 26, 2016, Illinois Senator Terry Link filed a proposed amendment to the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act that would presumably ease the rules relating to the collection and use of biometric data. What irked...more

New Players – Old Rules? The Current Debate on the Regulation of OTT Services in the EU and Germany

OTT vs. ECS - Digitization transformed the way of numerous services in the telecom sector. Internet-based Over The Top ("OTT") services, such as messaging or audio services, video streaming, and social networking sites,...more

Social Links: The rise of social news; how technology hijacks our attention; are websites a dying business?

In a fascinating, must-read article, a Google design ethicist explains the techniques that engineers and entrepreneurs employ to keep us hooked on the web. A majority of U.S. adults—62%—now get their news on social...more

Social Media’s Expanding Distribution of Internet Advertising Impacts Privacy and Security

Last week, social media giant Facebook announced an expansion of its online advertising business to include serving ads to users who are not members of Facebook. Under a press posting titled “Bringing People Better Ads,”...more

Social Links: Publishers claim ad blockers violate FTC rules; Twitter bags its “buy button”; has the IoT gone too far?

The Newspaper Association of America has filed a first-of-its-kind complaint with the FTC over certain ad blocking technologies. Is it “Internet” or “internet”? The Associated Press is about to change the capitalization...more

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