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Status Updates - July 2014 #7

..Since launching its Google+ social network three years ago, Google has insisted that Google+ users use only their real names on the network — no pseudonyms. Perhaps in an effort to attract more users to Google+, the...more

Week in Review

Some high profile companies, including two technology giants, made headlines this week after former employees filed lawsuits against them alleging discrimination and harassment. The case against Yahoo is likely to be...more

Week in Review

Technology's impact on privacy took center stage in news headlines this week. The New York Times and National Public Radio (NPR) both reported on alternative software tools to track employees in the workplace - one tool...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Promotion on Internet and Social Media Platforms

On June 17, 2014, the FDA issued long-awaited draft guidance documents addressing two challenges related to use of social media to communicate about FDA regulated products: dissemination of information in character-limited...more

What Marriage Equality Means for Your Employee Benefits

A frequent headline in the news as of late has been “Federal Judge in State X finds same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional” and then shortly thereafter “Hundreds of couples marry in State X” complete with a picture of a...more

Privacy Tuesday – June 3, 2014

The first Tuesday in June is also the first Tuesday of meterological summer -and a welcome sight after a brutally-long winter for many of our readers. So, here’s to a happy Summer! Google Receives 12,000 Take-Down...more

May 2014: Trial Practice Update: Courts, Lawmakers, and Other Groups Grapple with Juror Misuse of Social Media and the Internet

Jurors are expected to decide cases based on evidence they see and hear in the courtroom, after deliberating while sequestered from outside influences. For decades, courts have enforced rules and practices designed to make...more

French Consumer Association Takes on Internet Giants

Earlier this year, the French consumer association UFC-Que Choisir initiated proceedings before the Paris District Court against Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc., accusing these companies of using confusing and...more

Making Sure Cybersecurity and Liability Concerns Don’t Ground the Drones

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, are slowly being integrated into U.S. and international airspace systems. Despite current legal and regulatory limitations on their use for civilian purposes, governmental and...more

A “Dirty” Lawsuit: How a Sex Scandal Could Impact Online Defamation Law

A former high school teacher and NFL cheerleader sleeps with her student. She faces widespread scorn, including scathing Internet comments. Despite the scorn, she becomes engaged to the student....more

Privacy Tuesday

For the last Tuesday in April, we have a few privacy and security bits and bytes to start your week. Trending Now – 5 Things Every Company’s Data Security Program Should Include... ...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

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

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 11, 2013

From communication methods to office space, technology continues to affect workplace norms. During the week of November 4th, for instance, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case involving the line between...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

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

Social networks do not deliver more leads than search engines

Social marketing is a popular topic on blogs, in lawyer magazines, and at conferences. This attention is certainly well deserved. Just look at the audience: Facebook – 1 billion+ users Google+ – 500 million+...more

Tweet, Follow, Or Get Out Of The Way: What All Employers Need To Know About Social Media In The Workplace

Facebook. Twitter. LinkedIn. YouTube. Blogs. Email. Texts. Social media in the workplace has become a fact of life for all employers. Companies are learning that these once feared social media sites can be powerful marketing...more

Around the Virtual World - January 21, 2013

A weekly wrap up of interesting news about virtual worlds, virtual goods and other social media. In This Issue: - USPTO Dives Into Software Patent Debate With New Group - The Hidden Risks Behind Facebook's...more

Dear Tireless, Brilliant, Talented Job-Seekers: Friend Us on Facebook!

Still anonymously searching for resumes on LinkedIn or Monster.com? That’s so 20th century. If you want to attract the most talented job seekers now, you’d best jump into the fray, not only on LinkedIn but also on Facebook,...more

Facebook App: Dispute Resolution Terms Upheld

In a Facebook app called “SuperPoke! Pets”, players adopted virtual pets and acquired or purchased virtual currency to buy things for their virtual pets. As one of the first Facebook apps, the game took off in popularity...more

Shaking Up the Settlement Process: FTC Reconsiders Whether Companies Can Deny Wrongdoing While Settling Privacy Violation Claims

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently announced settlements of cases brought against Google and Facebook for alleged privacy violations. The Google settlement drew headlines for being the largest fine ever assessed...more

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