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Ideal Length for Everything: Research Backed

Let me start out by saying I was wrong — I’ve been wrong about things before. The new research coming out from Buffer.com on this post shows that we may be writing blog posts that aren’t quite long enough....more

Facebook's promotional page terms get a facelift

It has been almost eight months since Facebook issued its revised Page Terms pertaining to promotions. These were significant changes in the way sweepstakes and contests can be conducted on Facebook. One of the major changes...more

FTC Enforces Facebook Policies to Stop Jerk

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently accused the operator of www.Jerk.com (Jerk) of misrepresenting to users the source of the personal content that Jerk used for its purported social networking website and the...more

Privacy & Security Bits and Bytes

There has been so much news swirling in the data privacy and security world in the last few days, that it has been difficult to keep up. We’ll give you a roundup here....more

Acquisitions Don't Nullify Prior Privacy Promises--FTC's Letter to Facebook & WhatsApp Gives Caution to All to Honor Privacy...

Social networking site Facebook announced in February its plans to acquire WhatsApp—a “rapidly growing cross-platform mobile messaging company”—for the princely sum of $19 billion. While Facebook and WhatsApp are looking...more

Florida Court Says, “No Phishing Expeditions Allowed on a Plaintiff’s Facebook Page”

While it is true that social media has become one of the main sources for discovery in personal injury litigation, the basic tenants of discovery that apply to the standard document requests, also apply to this new...more

Marathon Cross Examination

In Facebook Inc. v. Software Rights Archive, LLC, IPR2013-00479, Paper 28 (April 9, 2014) the patent owner asked for leave to cross-examine petitioner’s expert witness for a total of 14 hours, in view of the fact that there...more

Plaintiff Taps Into Anti-Hacker Law To Bring Claims Against Employer Who Posted On Plaintiff's Social Media Accounts

The Fast Laner has previously addressed the headaches accessing employees’ social media accounts can create for employers, and a recent Northern District of Illinois case suggests those fears are well-founded. In Maremont v....more

Kentucky Enacts Data Breach Notification Statute

On April 10, 2014, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed H.B. 232 into law, making Kentucky the 47th state to enact data breach notification legislation. Prior to H.B. 232, Kentucky was one of only four states—including...more

Breach of Confidentiality Clause Leads to Disgorgement of Settlement

In this employment termination case, plaintiff Snay (a school principal), and Defendant, Gulliver (the school), settled and agreed to keep the settlement confidential. Four days after the parties signed the settlement...more

Net Neutrality in the EU – latest status

The European Parliament has (on 3rd April) voted (at first reading) on a legislative proposal which includes new rules on “net neutrality”. The text of this is not yet available in English but this note is based on our own...more

Social Networking for Jerks: FTC Goes After Site for Scraping Facebook Content

In the 1979 Carl Reiner film The Jerk, a new phonebook is delivered and Steve Martin, playing the title character, rejoices that “I'm somebody now! Millions of people look at this book every day! This is the kind of...more

Antisocial Media - Union Not Liable For Threatening Facebook Posts

Imagine if you will, that a company-sponsored website allows employees to post comments. During the course of a union strike, an employee who chooses to cross the picket line posts a comment threatening to kill union members...more

Employer Ownership of Social Media Accounts

If you have a business with a social media footprint (and what business doesn’t, these days), ask yourself this question: "How confident are you that you own the social networking accounts through which you are building your...more

Daughter Posts Settlement on Facebook – Employer Dislikes – Dad in Hot Water

Social media in general, and Facebook in particular, seems to have become so ingrained in modern existence that while it is potentially laughable, it is nonetheless true that we can seriously live by the tenet “If it’s not on...more

Social Media Is Part of Today’s Workplace but its Use May Raise Employment Discrimination Concerns

Experts Tell EEOC That Use of Social Media by Employers, Applicants and Employees May Implicate the Laws EEOC Enforces - WASHINGTON-The use of social media has become pervasive in today's workplace and, as a result, is...more

Business News Digest – March 2014

In this issue: - Cybersecurity: Coming Soon to a Government Contract Near You - Recent National Defense Authorization Act Presents Opportunities for Small Business Contractors - Iran Sanctions Deal Does...more

Did You Know...An $80,000 Facebook Post Costs $80,000

When does a confidentiality provision in a settlement agreement mean what it says? What if you tell your children about your confidential settlement and they post about it on Facebook? Well, here is what just might happen...more

Week in Review - March 7, 2014

Some things should be kept private. This week, the blogosphere provided several anecdotal reminders of this principle for both employers and employees. As we noted in an earlier post, one former employee learned the hard way...more

Social Media & Protected Activity: Not Always a Third Rail for Employers

The efforts of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to expand the definition of employee activity protected by section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and its aggressive prosecution of employers alleged to...more

Trojan Horse Privacy Laws: Facebook Snooping

Privacy laws that protect employees at work historically have been considered sparse and virtually toothless. Only employers that engaged in brazen acts of surveillance or intrusion into employees' narrow "zones of privacy"...more

German Court Rules Against Facebook’s “Friend Finder”

On January 24, 2014, in a case filed against Facebook by German consumer protection association VZBV, the Berlin Court of Appeal (“Court”) upheld a lower court ruling that Facebook’s “Friend Finder” function is unlawful. The...more

Should an employer have a written social media policy? [Video]

Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk's Employment law attorney Kraig Marton discusses whether an employer should have a written social media policy. He also talks about whether an employee can get in trouble for what they...more

Facebook Updates Its Policies for Deceased Users

According to a February 21, 2014, news release, Facebook has made two updates to its policies regarding the accounts of deceased users. Previously, Facebook allowed one of two options for a deceased user’s account. ...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

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