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Color App Gives New Meaning to Going Public

Location Based apps such as Gowalla or Foursquare provides users with a social experience that not only shows where they are at the moment and what they are doing, but also who they are with or near. But at least one new app is taking things a few steps further by locating users and sharing information...

Divorce, Facebook-style

Divorce attorneys are seeing more and more social media involvement, in particular Facebook, in the cases they take on. Sure Facebook might not be the reason the marriage ended but as an ever-increasing source of evidence of infidelity, it might deserve its title of "marriage killer." Last...

Courts Give Mixed Signals about Privacy in Social Media

Two recent Pennsylvania State Court rulings only make things more confusing as Social Media privacy disputes become more prevalent. Bucks County Common Pleas Court Judge Albert J. Cepparulo ruled in Piccolo v. Paterson denied a motion to require the Piccolo to accept Patterson as a Facebook friend...

Do Women Have an Edge in Social Media?

Many women attorneys who have seized the benefits of social media to market their skills are seeing big benefits. The ABA Journal recently interviewed Sports Law practitioner Carla Varriale who says she could not have built up her national presence in the male-dominated field of sports law without...

Google: Legal Issues Abound and What about Google+?

Google's newest Social Media adventure Google+ is getting rave reviews with millions of users yet not launched to the public. Keep in mind that the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) 20 year oversight of Google's privacy policy because of Google's disastrous Buzz - the 2010 failed...

Video: Toby Merrill of ACE on Social Media Risk

The explosion of social media in recent years has created tremendous opportunity for businesses. But with that opportunity has come tremendous risk in a number of areas. What can companies and organizations do to protect themselves? Toby Merrill of ACE USA recently spoke to HB Litigation Conferences...

Video: Lathrop's Bandlow On Liability From Social Media

Lincoln Bandlow, Esq., of Lathrop & Gage LLP spoke during the "Social Media Maze: Liability in Behavioral Advertising and Social Media" session during the NetDiligence® 2nd Annual Cyber Risk & Privacy Liability Forum , hosted by HB Litigation Conferences in Philadelphia on June...

65% of All Adults Use Social Media

Only 5% of all adults used Social Media in 2005 when Pew Research first asked, and as of August 2011 Pew now reports more than 65% of all adults use Social Media . To be more precise about what going on with online adults here's the daily breakdown from another Pew report : 92% use search...

Did you Notice? LinkedIn Revised its User Agreement

LinkedIn boasts +120 million members who all agree to be bound to their User Agreement, but few LinkedIn members noticed that on June 16, 2011 the LinkedIn User Agreement changed. LinkedIn's new User Agreement is not radically different from previous versions. However since the LinkedIn User...

Behavioral Marketing is an Important Component Of Social Media

By Robert Wice Underwriter, Beazley Group Behavioral marketing is an important part of the social media world because it is how the social media sites and other sites generate revenue. These companies are using web application tracking technologies that are built right into their users' browsers...

Google Buys Zagat - New Source of Data and Spread for Social Media!

Google paid an estimated $100-200 million to expand its reach by purchasing Zagat Survey that potentially increases Google's Social Media power. Pew Research recently report that 92% of adults on the Internet use search engines every day , so couple that information with Google's "estimates...

Video: Kroll's Prendergast On Data Breach Preparedness

Rick Prendergast of Kroll Fraud Solutions spoke at the NetDiligence® 2nd Annual Cyber Risk & Privacy Liability Forum , hosted by HB Litigation Conferences in Philadelphia on June 9, 2011 and explained why many companies are re-thinking their data breach preparedness. He also described the forensics...

Video: Raether On Forensic Analysis, Employees As Biggest Threat To Security

Ronald Raether Jr., Esq., CIPP, of Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L. , talked about the forensics process following a cyber breach and described why employees can be the biggest threat to a company's cyber security. Raether spoke during the "Solving Special Computer Security Issues" session...

TechLaw10: Information Technology Overload – Time To Turn Off And Unplug?

TechLaw10 hosts Jonathan Armstrong and Eric Sinrod discuss legal issues related to information technology. In this episode, Jonathan and Eric discuss how all the forms of social media at our disposal can lead to information technology overload, with the potential for people becoming so consumed...

INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR: Social Media in the City

Starts: Wednesday November 16, 2011, 09:00AM GMT Ends: Wednesday November 16, 2011, 12:30PM GMT Event Type: Training/Seminar Location: One America Square London, GREATER LONDON GB Price: ...

Is There A Social Media Privilege?

Courts faced with ruling on discovery requests involving social media sites are forging new law. Courts can and do issue discovery orders compelling a party of a lawsuit to grant an opposing party access to his or her Facebook page or to permit in camera review of social media sites set to private...

Understanding The NLRB's Latest Guidance On Social Media Policies- It Likely Applies to You

Our colleague Brandon Dhande posted a great article on our sister blog - HR Law Matters - about the National Labor Relations Board's latest guidance on social media policies. There are certain things that employers just can't do in terms of restricting employees' rights to organize, whether...

Pennsylvania's Pending Privacy Protection Act Would Prohibit Disclosure of Access To Social Media Accounts

The Social Media Privacy Protection Act (available here) is new legislation pending in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The proposed legislation is a response to the near-universal outrage over employers requesting Facebook and other social media passwords from job applicants . The Act is short and...

Troutman Sanders LLP: 'Facing' Reality: Facebook Knows What You Look Like

It's a bit odd to think that about whether you have a privacy right in what you look like. But as companies continue to gather enormous amounts of all kinds of data - including faces - and wrestle with whether they can monetize that data, the fear of "Big Brother" continues to spark debate...

Delaware Workplace Privacy Act Protects Student Facebook Posts' Privacy

Delaware's Workplace Privacy Act (H.B. 308) , died with the end of the legislative session. As readers know from my several prior posts, I won't exactly be mourning the loss. The Bill's companion legislation, H.B. 309, did survive, however, passed by the State Senate during its final session...

Duane Morris LLP Alert: Illinois Bans Employers from Asking Employees or Applicants to Disclose Social Media Passwords

On August 1, 2012, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed an amendment to the Illinois Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act (P.A. 097-0875), which prohibits employers from requesting or requiring that employees or job applicants provide the employer with access to the employee's or applicant's social...

Ballard Spahr LLP: Maryland User Name and Password Privacy Protections Take Effect October 1

By Timothy F. McCormack and Michelle M. McGeogh Beginning October 1, 2012, employees and job applicants' personal e-mail accounts, Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, Pinterest pages, and similar accounts will gain more protection from Maryland employers. Under the new law, employers in Maryland...

Free Download: White Paper Explores Insurance Coverage Implications of Social Media

With social media pervading most aspects of society and business, are you up to date on the changes that it brings to the insurance industry? Download a complimentary white paper covering insurance implications of social media . Social media presents a whole new set of exposures and liabilities that...

California AB 1844: Limiting Employers' Access to Employees' Social Media

Whether you "like" it or not, social media is changing the legal landscape of employee privacy rights at a rapid pace. On September 27, 2012, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law AB 1844 , which prohibits employers from requiring (or requesting) employees or applicants to divulge their...

Supreme Court Majority Holds Threatening Speech Conviction Requires Intent Finding

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) Reversing a Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling, a U.S. Supreme Court majority today held that a conviction for making threatening communications under 16 U.S. Code Section 875(c) requires a showing of intent to harm by the speaker and not merely negligence...