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What Schools Can Do About Cyberbullying

Partner Gregory Rolen explores this hot button topic in an article which was originally published in the Daily Journal on May 14, 2018. The article addresses a difficult subject for schools and school administrators who are...more

Lanham Act Injunction Floored Where Social Media Criticisms Were Not “Commercial Advertising”

A judge in the Western District of Wisconsin recently denied a motion for a preliminary injunction that sought to prevent a customer from criticizing the plaintiff’s products over social media. Buckeye Int’l v. Schmidt Custom...more

New Bill Would Offer Social Media Protections

In the latest legislative proposal addressing consumer privacy, Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Kennedy (R-La.) introduced a bill that would provide social media users with more control over their data....more

Data is Drawing the Lines in the Art of Crisis Management

by K&L Gates LLP on

Is the world in the midst of a crisis? It seems newspapers and rolling TV news channels are a constant stream of natural disasters or human crises. But are they getting worse? A study from The Economist shows that...more

Fake News, Real Jail Time?

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

Malaysia recently prosecuted the first case under its new anti-fake news law, sending a Danish citizen, Salah Salem Saleh Sulaiman, to jail over a video posted on a popular website. In the video, Salah claimed he was there...more

Who Is Ultimately in the Driver’s Seat with Autonomous Vehicles?

When Eddie Rabbitt sang “Drivin’ My Life Away” in 1980, he was chronicling the life of a roadie, of a life spent behind the wheel. At the time, autonomous driving vehicles were still a distant speck on the horizon of the...more

Authentication Of Social Media; No Easy Matter

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a published decision reported on March 15, 2018, the Superior Court has addressed what it takes, at least in a criminal setting, to tie a Facebook posting to a defendant charged with a serious crime. Tyler Mangel and...more

Private Facebook Posts Could Be Fair Game For Discovery

by Fisher Phillips on

New York’s highest court recently held that social media users may be required to turn over information from their accounts—regardless of the user’s chosen privacy settings—as part of the discovery process (Forman v. Henkin)....more

Traveling to the U.S.? You May Have to Provide Social Media and Other Personal Data to the U.S. Government

by Foley Hoag LLP on

What is the new proposed new rule? - The State Department posted two Federal Register notices that propose to revise questions it asks temporary and permanent visa applicants when applying to come to the U.S. The new...more

First Amendment Watchdogs Warily Regard Passage of FOSTA

by Jackson Walker on

In March, the Senate almost unanimously passed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (“FOSTA”). On April 11, President Trump signed FOSTA into law. As the name implies, Congress’ goal is to give law...more

New York Court Of Appeals Says Plaintiff’s Private Facebook Materials Are Fair Game In Discovery

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

For employers defending discrimination claims in which the plaintiff claims emotional distress, social media accounts are potential treasure troves of evidence of claimant’s feelings, thoughts, and mental impressions. In...more

Old Tweets, New Tweets, Any Tweet Can Get You Twitter Fired

Tonight is the NFL draft. A day where the future will be laid out for many people and many NFL football teams (not the Browns, never the Browns). It is also the day that someone on the internet will spend hours of their lives...more

Liability regulation of online platforms in the UK

by Hogan Lovells on

The UK's diverse ecology of online platforms is a key growth engine for the UK economy and society. It enables knowledge discovery, sales, social and economic interaction and the sharing and distribution of content. Please...more

Social Media Vetting Scheduled To Begin At Consular Posts On May 29, 2018

On March 30, 2018, the U.S. Department of State issued a notice of request for public comment in the Federal Register regarding a new rule it intends to apply to all visa applications by foreign nationals for visitor visas,...more

Big Brother to Review Visa Applicants’ Social Media History?

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Handing over access to your social media account might be the next big move in U.S. immigration law. In a formal notice issued on March 30, 2018, the Department of State advised that it plans to require nearly all visa...more

Privacy Perils: How Much "I" is TMI?

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In a Privacy Peril last month we noted steps you can take to lockdown your Facebook account so you are not inadvertently sharing data with unintended third parties. While recent revelations have disclosed how extensively...more

Australia & New Zealand Consumer Law Update

by Jones Day on

Highlighting Changes of Interest in Competition and Consumer Law - ACCC Issues Paper on Digital Platforms Inquiry - Summary - In December 2017, the Australian government directed the ACCC to conduct an inquiry into...more

Illinois Considering Amendments to Biometric Privacy Law (BIPA) That Would Create Major Exemptions to Its Scope

We have written before about the issues presented by the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, 740 Ill. Comp Stat. 14/1 (“BIPA”). BIPA is still the only state biometric privacy statute with a private right of action. It...more

Pennsylvania Superior Court Adopts New Standard for Social Media Evidence

In Commonwealth v. Mangel, 2018 WL 1322179 (March 15, 2018), the Pennsylvania Superior Court adopted a standard for authenticating social media posts under Pennsylvania Rule of Evidence 901. The Court held that “the proponent...more

Social Links: Revenge porn victim awarded $6.4M; the discoverability of photos posted to Facebook; can users be blocked from...

Based on copyright infringement, emotional distress and other claims, a federal district court in California awarded $6.4 million to a victim of revenge porn, the posting of explicit material without the subject’s consent....more

CEO Zuckerberg: Facebook User Settings Protect Individual Data – Congress Is Not So Sure

by White and Williams LLP on

After ten hours of Congressional testimony, one thing is clear – there is growing bipartisan concern over data privacy and data protection in the US. In the wake of so many recent data breaches, and now the data harvesting...more

Privacy Tip #134 – Question: How are Online Quizzes Beneficial to Me?

Many readers know that it would be a cold day in H-E-Double Hockey Sticks (Go Bruins!) that I have in the past or ever in the future will take an online quiz. Why on earth would anyone do that? ...more

Parody Facebook Page Leads to Unjustified Arrest That Infringes Author’s Free Speech Rights

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

A new federal court decision highlights the tension between fake Facebook pages and First Amendment rights, particularly when the page involves a governmental entity....more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | April 2018#3

Agriculture Committee Introduces 2018 Farm Bill - The U.S. House of Representatives’ Agriculture Committee has introduced the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (Farm Bill). ...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - April 2018 #2

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Pipeline Companies Targeted by Cyber-Attacks - Reports show that U.S. energy companies reported more than 350 cybersecurity incidents to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security between 2011 and 2015. Pipeline companies...more

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