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TCPA Connect - March 2017

Defendant’s Calling System Ruled Not an Autodialer - A Telephone Consumer Protection Act defendant successfully persuaded a Michigan federal court judge that its calling system was not an automated dialing system because...more

Canadian Securities Administrators provide guidance on use of social media by reporting companies

The rule of timely disclosure in Canada is, in essence, that a reporting (public) company must make significant information about itself available to the investing public on a timely and equal basis. The primary resultant...more

German Federal Minister of Justice Introduces New Bill to Eradicate Criminal Content on Social Networks

On 14 March 2017, the German Federal Minister of Justice, Heiko Maas, announced a new bill aimed at improving the application of the law to social networks (Entwurf eines Gesetzes zur Verbesserung der Rechtsdurchsetzung in...more

Snitches get……massive cash rewards

On Monday 20 March 2017, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced a campaign to encourage whistle-blowers to come forward and expose cartels. The campaign is going to target social media and key websites. ...more

#SMMW17 Networking Tips From Some Of The Best In The Business

To say I am excited about the next two weeks of my personal and professional life is an understatement. Why? Because I am preparing to attend two very important conferences. The first, which is what I am focusing on in...more

Crossing the Border with Electronics - Helpful Tips and Pitfalls to Avoid

International travelers have been reporting that cell phones, computers, and other communication devices are being seized by Officers of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“USCBP”) branch of the U.S. Department of...more

Understanding New Attacks on Section 230 Immunity

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act provides website operators who post user-generated content with broad immunity from most legal claims arising from that content. It is this broad protection that enables popular...more

Where Are Your Employees? (Hint: It May Not Be Facebook Anymore)

I recently gave a presentation on social media to a local non-profit and had the opportunity to review some of the latest statistics when it comes to the use of social media. Frankly, I knew that there has been a shift...more

German Justice Department Publishes Bill Requiring Social Networks to Implement Takedown Procedures for Illegal Content, Work with...

Recent media reports indicated that Germany was considering legislation that would fine social networks for failing to combat fake news and hate speech. Today, German Justice Minister Heiko Maas introduced a “Draft Law to...more

Social Links: Facebook uses AI to ID suicidal posts; Google tries to ferret out hate speech; justices consider constitutionality...

Facebook is implementing a feature that uses artificial intelligence to identify posts reflecting suicidal inclinations. Google unveiled a new tool designed to combat toxic speech online by assessing the language...more

Privacy Perils: Know Your LinkedIn Settings

Who has viewed your LinkedIn profile lately? We are all at least a little curious to learn the answer and review such reports provided periodically by LinkedIn. However, unless you adjust your privacy settings accordingly,...more

Social Media Privacy Concerns: A How-To Guide

The majority of organizations utilize social media to market their products and services, interact with consumers, and manage their brand identity. Many mobile applications and websites even permit users to sign-in with their...more

Monitoring Employees’ Email and Internet Use Raises Legal Considerations

Retailers should be aware that federal laws prohibit the interception of another’s electronic communications, but these same laws have multiple exceptions that generally allow employers to monitor employees’ email and...more

What the FTC Wants Businesses to Know About the New Law Protecting Consumers’ Rights to Post Negative Online Reviews

In a recent blog post, we introduced you to the new Consumer Review Fairness Act (CRFA), which prohibits businesses from including non-disparagement or “gag” clauses in their form contracts. The CRFA goes into effect...more

Social Media Gets a “Like” from SCOTUS: Comments Suggest Possible First Amendment Protection

When the President of the United States, every governor, every member of Congress, and—as Justice Kagan remarked—virtually every under-30 and 35 year-old in the country has a Twitter account, it’s time for social media to be...more

Breaking: Social Media Comes of SCOTUS Age

On Monday, February 27, 2017, during oral arguments in Packingham v. North Carolina, a case involving First Amendment rights of free speech pertaining to the use of social media by former sex offenders in North Carolina, U....more

Employee Monitoring: A How-To Guide

Federal laws prohibit the interception of another’s electronic communications, but these same laws have multiple exceptions that generally allow employers to monitor employees’ email and internet use on employer-owned...more

Social Links: Google Maps gets social; Twitter puts trolls in time out; today’s teens take to chat rooms

New York City’s Conflicts of Interest Board has issued guidelines prohibiting elected officials from using official social media accounts for political purposes or having their staff draft content for their personal social...more

Don’t Friend My Friends: Nonsolicitation Agreements Should Account for Social Media Strategies

As social media becomes an important part of many companies’ sales and branding strategies, issues relating to companies’ ability to protect their investments in such strategies are emerging. Indeed, this blog has previously...more

The ReSET – Bots Gone Awry: What Businesses Can Learn

Understandable attention has been given to the weaponization of social media and its impact on political, commercial and personal realms. Less attention has been spent on the effect of such automation on companies’ internet...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

We had a pretty good inkling this was coming. Yahoo and Verizon are reportedly nearing a new deal, with Y! knocking something close to $300 million off of the sale price to ensure that Verizon will still go through with the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Former AIG chief Hank Greenberg and his co-defendant, AIG’s former CFO, reached an “unexpected” settlement last week with NY officials. The duo will fork over about $10 million in bonuses payments and admit that they...more

The Power of the Melody Pushes Fashion Forward

The many genres of music – particularly, rock, pop, hip-hop and country – have always pushed the needle forward in fashion. Musical icons from today and yesteryear have given a voice to fashion by creating a kinetic...more

Copyright and Trademark Case Review: Copyright Preemption, Software-as-a-Service and Popularity on the Internet

Copyright Decisions - Claim for Copying of Useful Article Design Preempted by Copyright Act: Ultraflo Corp. v. Pelican Tank Parts, Inc., No. 15-20084 (5th Cir. Jan. 11, 2017)...more

WhatsApp security flaw, lawsuit in Germany

Tobias Boelter, a University of California Berkeley cryptography researcher claims that last year he found a security flaw in WhatsApp’s encrypted smart phone messaging application. The flaw, which relates to the unique...more

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