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Status Updates: People-rating app proves unpopular; new tech automates compelling-photo selection; Twitter 101 for the political...

Bad reviews. On September 30th, the soon-to-be-launched app Peeple was described by the app’s co-founder, Julia Cordray, as a “Yelp for people,” that is, a people-rating platform that would allow users to assign number...more

That is SO last week - October 2015 #2

Last week, Fortune introduced us to a new HR tech product called Perception. According to Fortune, Perception creator Kanjoya claims that the program can interpret the “intent and emotions” behind written text and filter out...more

Implied Threat on Facebook Insufficient to Support Stalking Conviction

Last month, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) held that a Facebook profile may constitute a “threat” within the meaning of the Massachusetts stalking statute. However, a profile that is merely “vaguely ominous or...more

Are You Sharing or Relinquishing Your Rights on Social Media?

Considering the meteoric growth of social media websites like Facebook—which had 1.44 billion active users in the first quarter of 2015[1]--the ecosystem of individuals and businesses that should be cognizant of the legal...more

Three Steps to Help Ensure the Enforceability of Your Website’s Terms of Use

Operators of social media platforms and other websites typically manage their risks by imposing terms of use or terms of service for the sites. As we previously wrote, websites must implement such terms properly to ensure...more

Discovery Rules Continue to Evolve for Cases Involving Social Media

Your social media content is not only susceptible to hacking; it’s also susceptible to disclosure requests from civil litigants (see our Sept. 14 blog post for more details) and even prosecutors without your consent if they...more

Questions Remain About Social Media Privacy Rights During Workplace Investigations

Employees’ social media activities often play a key role in workplace investigations. For example, an employee may complain that a coworker sent a harassing Facebook message or posted something offensive on Twitter...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Franchise Systems Can Fight Online Negativity

One of today's challenges faced by franchisors and franchise systems is negative remarks posted online by a customer, ex-employee, or even a dissatisfied franchisee. Negative comments appear in sites created specifically to...more

SEC Busts Overseas Social Media Fraud

A settled SEC enforcement action describes an alleged interesting social media fraud. Two defendants that reside in India were alleged to have been behind the fraud. According to the SEC the scheme was an online...more

#Retweet the #CFPB: How Social Media is Affecting Consumer Advocacy

Social media has become an integral part of our society, and now it's playing a big role in our industry, too. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is harnessing the power of Facebook and Twitter not only to create...more

Safe Harbor Put Into Question!

The 1995 EU Privacy Directive 95/46/EC provides that personal data of say, employees, to third countries, like the United States, may only be done with employee consent and only where the U.S. has ensured an adequate level of...more

EU - US Personal Data Transfers - Safe Harbor Under Threat

Following a private challenge by an Austrian law student to the storage by Facebook of his personal data on servers located in the United States, the EU Advocate General (the “Advocate General”) has filed an advisory opinion...more

Safe Harbor Framework Under Stress

In a non-binding but persuasive opinion provided to the European Court of Justice, the Advocate General argued that (1) member state data protection authorities should be free to suspend data flows under the EU-US Safe Harbor...more

Manatt Digital Media - September 2015

In this month's newsletter we highlight some of the latest activities in the digital video space. Social media, mobile and over-the-top (OTT) viewing continue to make waves in the media landscape, creating new opportunities...more

Fundamental Question Over Data Transfer From Europe To The U.S.

The discussions between the EU and the U.S. on the Safe Harbor mechanism seemed to be almost there, but this morning the EU Court of Justice’s Advocate General Yves Bot has set the cat among the pigeons in his Opinion on the...more

When HR Meets Law: Social Media in Recruitment

(Chinese & English version) In recruitment,the use of personal information collected via social media platform may create risks of discrimination and privacy invasion. With the revolution of information technology,...more

PGA takes timid steps to join the growing social media world

During a 2010 review of the sport of golf, Jalen Rose — a former 13-year NBA star turned ESPN sports analyst — urged the PGA to “move forward and embrace social media to the max,” noting that’s Facebook page only had...more

My Own 10-Year Anniversary: A Decade of Reflection

Greentarget recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, an exciting milestone for all team members, many of whom have been with the organization for much of that time. I am among the veterans at Greentarget, and wanted to take...more

Traditional Discovery Rules Still Apply in Disputes Involving Social Media

A party’s right to privacy has always been an important and sometimes limiting factor in the resolution of discovery disputes. Social media platforms, which allow users to select the extent with whom they share their network,...more

Corporate Journalism: A catalyst for better story telling

I am continuously amused by all the hubbub around content marketing. Because while that phrase may be new, the truth is that marketing has always been about content. What’s changed, of course, is the delivery, as the digital...more

Cheaters, Divorce & Social Media

Files Leaked – Cheating Spouses Exposed - Target, Staples, and Home Depot customer’s credit card information was hacked into this past year. Recently the website that caters to spouses seeking to be unfaithful to their...more

Does Facebook’s collection of photos violate privacy laws?

An Illinois man recently filed a proposed federal class action alleging that Facebook violates state law protecting the privacy of biometric data through its alleged collection of facial recognition data from over a billion...more

Eight Years Later: Three Big Changes in Employment Law

2007 seems like yesterday. And yet, eight years after I started this blog and over 1800 posts later (and a Hall of Fame entry), I’m pretty sure 2007 WASN’T yesterday. So for this year’s anniversary post, I thought I...more

CRA Publishes Reminder on Charities’ Political Activities

Political activities have been a hot topic for the CRA’s Charities Directorate in the last few years. In the CRA’s 2015 Program Update, the Charities Directorate stated that its recent political activity audit included...more

The Top Social Media Platforms’ Efforts To Control Cyber-Harassment

Social networking platforms have long faced the difficult task of balancing the desire to promote freedom of expression with the need to prevent abuse and harassment on their sites. One of social media’s greatest challenges...more

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