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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

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

Get the Most Out of Your Conference Networking Using Social Media

The Catapult Conference is less than two weeks away. Have you started networking with the speakers on social media yet? If your answer is “no,” then you’re missing a big opportunity....more

Your Digital Workplace: Pitfalls And Remedies For Employees' Internet Use

Computers are a doubled-edged sword — vital convenience for everyone while simultaneously a potential source of liability if used improperly by employees. Employers' liability has expanded to the point where an employer may...more

Employment Law -- Dec 20, 2013

Despite $27,000 Jury Award, 9th Circuit Approves Almost $700,000 in Attorney’s Fees - Why it matters: Affirming the broad discretion of federal district court judges to award attorney’s fees, the Ninth U.S. Circuit...more

Parameters of CDA Immunity Being Tested by Appeals Court in Jones v. Dirty World Entertainment

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is currently hearing an appeal of a district court decision, which if upheld would have enormous ramifications for freedom of speech and the online service provider safe harbor...more

Time to Change that Facebook Password

If you haven’t been paying attention to “password hygiene” preached by this blog and others, perhaps it’s time. Jose Pagliery from CNNMoney reports of a large-scale hack that has compromised over 2 million passwords at...more

Week in Review - November 1, 2013

In the last few years, driving safety initiatives have focused on the dangers of texting while driving. With the rapid evolution of technology, however, new dangers seem to be emerging all the time. Someone received a...more

Angry Facebook Posts and Tweets by Passenger about an Airport Employee Considered Expression of Frustration and Therefore not...

Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites have become the latest battleground between two often conflicting legal concepts: the right of a person to speak freely, even in a vitriolic way, versus the right of another...more

Week in Review - October 4, 2013

This week the government shutdown dominated the news. Many people were told not to come to work, national parks, monuments, and recreational areas were closed, and access to some government services was limited or eliminated...more

Can I Use The Social Media Picture For My Story? – Part Two

Last time, we looked at whether the media can use images from social media sites applying fair use to several typical situations. Today, we look at the specific terms of service of various popular sites to see if some make...more

Privacy on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

After the settlement approved by the US District Court of Northern California obliging Facebook to pay $20 million for putting users’ names and faces in “Sponsored Story” ads without their permission and without paying them,...more

Compliance Communicator: September 2013

Memo to Managers - Social Networking in the Workplace - More than 75 percent of American workers use some form of social networking*, and that number is likely to increase. And it’s not just younger workers who...more

Building and Protecting Your Association’s Brand in Social Media: Managing the Legal Pitfalls

In this presentation: - Social Media – Everywhere - How Does Social Media Work for You? - When Social Media Works against You - Laws – Evolving - Defamation - Intellectual Property:...more

Was AdChoices Just Flipped the (Twitter) Bird on Behavioral Targeting?

It appears that users won’t be seeing the blue AdChoices triangle icon on Twitter anytime soon. AdChoices and its blue triangle icon are the work of the Digital Advertising Alliance (a consortium of trade groups) to provide...more

Been in a Car Accident? Stay off Social Media

If you’ve been in a car accident, the temptation to blog, tweet or post about your injuries might be strong. But what a lot of victims don’t know is that social media can damage their case, if they are planning to pursue...more

Don’t Let Social Media Sabotage your Divorce or Family Law Case

As we have warned our readers in the past, it is important to be vary of what you post on social media accounts. However, people often assume that this warning only applies to people that make their social media profiles...more

The Importance of Strong Social Allies

Now, more than ever, it’s important to have strong allies on social networks. A few years ago when social networks were relatively young, it was easier to stand out. Slap a “follow me on LinkedIn/Twitter/Facebook” at...more

Facebook Postings Are Admissible Evidence In New Jersey

Decades ago suspicious employers doubting disability claims would send out private investigators to surreptitiously photograph a claimant mowing the lawn or practicing golf strokes....more

Youthful Indiscretions: California Bills Poised to Regulate Use of Minors’ Data on Social Networks

Two bills designed to facilitate the removal of minors’ personal information from social networking sites are currently under consideration in the California State Assembly, after being approved in the upper house of the...more

Trade Secret Litigation Over Social Media: Is It Worth The Cost?

With the continually increasing popularity of social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, where members can be connected to friends, family members, co-workers, clients, and potential clients all by logging in...more

Social Media Legal Risks for Nonprofits: How to Successfully Navigate the Pitfalls

In this presentation: - How Does Social Media Work For You? - When Social Media Works Against You - Others’ IP - The Pinterest Question: “ But, What About Fair Use?” - Argh, so many...more

Corporate Transparency Reports: Understanding Limitations and Leveraging Opportunities

Recent revelations regarding surveillance activities by the U.S. Government have raised many questions regarding the balance between privacy and security. There have already been, and there will continue to be, Congressional...more

Managing Your Social Media Accounts

Imagine a situation where you have a small business that is planning a major event at a sports venue and needs to utilize a variety of social media channels to publicize the event and garner support for it. Such a business...more

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet - June 2013: Short attention spans

LIKE IT? TWEET IT? PIN IT? Online advertising is becoming more critical to marketing departments and brand owners everywhere. Using Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media avenues to promote brands is a seismic...more

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