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The Guide to Social Media and the Securities Laws

REGULATION FD - Beginning in 1999 and continuing into 2000, media reports about selective disclosure of material nonpublic information by issuers raised concerns that select market professionals who were privy to this...more

The Guide to Social Media and the Securities Laws

REGULATION FD - Beginning in 1999 and continuing into 2000, media reports about selective disclosure of material nonpublic information by issuers raised concerns that select market professionals who were privy to this...more

Wall Street Brokers: Why FINRA Says It Needs Access To Your Facebook Account

Wall Street brokers were recently surprised to learn that regulators at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are vying to gain access to their personal and...more

Illinois Amends Social Media Law Enacted Just Last Year

On August 1, 2012, Illinois became only the second state (after Maryland) to restrict employer access to an applicant's or employee's social media account....more

FINRA And Social Media

This past month the U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) posted to its website a targeted examination letter that it has sent to members requesting information on the use of social media....more

FINRA Issues Sweep Letter Regarding Use of Social Media

FINRA, having enacted new communications rules that specifically reference electronic communications, having issued two Regulatory Notices (linked here and here) providing guidance to the securities industry on social media,...more

Protecting Privacy or Enabling Fraud? Employee Social Media Password Protection Laws May Clash with FINRA Rules

As a growing number of states pass legislation which will protect individuals’ social media accounts from employer scrutiny, they have encountered a surprising adversary – FINRA and other securities regulators....more

SEC Division of Investment Management Issues Guidance on Filing Requirements for Social Media

The U.S. SEC’s Division of Investment Management recently released a Guidance Update (the “Update”) concerning the application of SEC filing requirements for certain fund-related communications on “real-time” interactive...more

Market Trends & Legal Developments for Dealmakers - Quarter 4: 2012

In This Issue: -Market Trends -Venture Capital -Private Equity -Initial Public Offerings -Mergers & Acquisitions -Legal Updates -Jobs Act & Capital Markets -Mergers &...more

New State Laws Prohibit Employers and Academic Institutions from Requesting Usernames and Passwords to Monitor Social Media...

An increasing number of states are passing laws that prohibit employers and academic institutions from requesting or requiring employees, job applicants, students, and prospective students to turn over their social media...more

FINRA To Require BrokerCheck Link On Internet Advertising

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc., or FINRA, has filed a proposed rule change with the SEC to amend FINRA Rule 2267 (Investor Education and Protection) to require that FINRA members include a prominent...more

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