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Courts Give Mixed Signals about Privacy in Social Media
Posted on 1 Jun 2011 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More

INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR: Social Media in the City
Posted on 20 Oct 2011 by Tina George

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... Read More

TechLaw10: Information Technology Overload – Time To Turn Off And Unplug?
Posted on 6 Oct 2011 by Jonathan Armstrong

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... Read More

Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege or Work Product Doctrine through Social Media
Posted on 18 Feb 2011 by Lisa McManus

Social media provides the potential for both client and attorney to waive work-product doctrine protection and attorney-client privilege by publicly disclosing confidential information. Voluntary disclosure of the content of a privileged attorney... Read More

Divorce, Facebook-style
Posted on 10 May 2011 by Tami S Cunningham, JD

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... Read More

65% of All Adults Use Social Media
Posted on 29 Aug 2011 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More

Do Women Have an Edge in Social Media?
Posted on 29 Jun 2011 by Lori Sieron

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... Read More

Service of Process through Facebook
Posted on 18 Feb 2011 by Lisa McManus

International courts increasingly willing to accept service through Facebook when other methods fail. Australia Rule 116(1) of the Australian Uniform Civil Procedure Rules permit substituted service "where, in effect, there is a practical... Read More

Testimony about the Impact of Social Media on Open Government
Posted on 14 May 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

I was honored to be asked by the Texas Senate to testify how Social Media impacts Open Government at a hearing on May 11, 2010 and you are welcome to read my Statement concerning Charge #13 for the Senate Affairs Committee: Study the Public Information... Read More

Did you Notice? LinkedIn Revised its User Agreement
Posted on 2 Sep 2011 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More

Jump In! The Social Media Waters are Not (that) Cold
Posted on 15 Mar 2011 by Tami S Cunningham, JD

There's been so much press about Facebook privacy of late that it makes even the average Joe consider hitting the "Deactivate" link. As an attorney or anyone related to the legal industry, you may feel a greater degree of responsibility... Read More

California Court Considers Facebook Privacy for Juror
Posted on 4 Apr 2011 by Tami S Cunningham, JD

In recent weeks, the issue of the right to privacy has been ever-so-slightly tipping the scales against just about any other right. One of the latest cases stems from what would normally be deemed as juror misconduct. In California, an appellate court... Read More

Is There A Social Media Privilege?
Posted on 9 Nov 2011 by Lisa McManus

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... Read More

Google settles with FTC over Google Buzz privacy violations
Posted on 31 Mar 2011 by Tami S Cunningham, JD

Google agreed to an unprecedented settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, where the FTC asserted that Google used deceptive tactics and violated its own privacy policies through its social network Google Buzz. Although there is no monetary penalty... Read More

Google: Legal Issues Abound and What about Google+?
Posted on 15 Jul 2011 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More

  • Blog Post: Testimony about the Impact of Social Media on Open Government

    I was honored to be asked by the Texas Senate to testify how Social Media impacts Open Government at a hearing on May 11, 2010 and you are welcome to read my Statement concerning Charge #13 for the Senate Affairs Committee: Study the Public Information (Open Records) Act and the Open Meetings...
  • Blog Post: Service of Process through Facebook

    International courts increasingly willing to accept service through Facebook when other methods fail. Australia Rule 116(1) of the Australian Uniform Civil Procedure Rules permit substituted service "where, in effect, there is a practical impossibility of personal service and that...
  • Blog Post: Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege or Work Product Doctrine through Social Media

    Social media provides the potential for both client and attorney to waive work-product doctrine protection and attorney-client privilege by publicly disclosing confidential information. Voluntary disclosure of the content of a privileged attorney communication constitutes waiver of the privilege...
  • Blog Post: Jump In! The Social Media Waters are Not (that) Cold

    There's been so much press about Facebook privacy of late that it makes even the average Joe consider hitting the "Deactivate" link. As an attorney or anyone related to the legal industry, you may feel a greater degree of responsibility regarding what you post and tweet. In fact, the...
  • Blog Post: Google settles with FTC over Google Buzz privacy violations

    Google agreed to an unprecedented settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, where the FTC asserted that Google used deceptive tactics and violated its own privacy policies through its social network Google Buzz. Although there is no monetary penalty attached to the settlement, Google is required...
  • Blog Post: California Court Considers Facebook Privacy for Juror

    In recent weeks, the issue of the right to privacy has been ever-so-slightly tipping the scales against just about any other right. One of the latest cases stems from what would normally be deemed as juror misconduct. In California, an appellate court judge is facing the challenge of balancing a defendant's...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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: ...
  • Blog Post: 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...