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Delaware Workplace Privacy Act Protects Student Facebook Posts' Privacy
Posted on 8 Aug 2012 by Margaret (Molly) DiBianca

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... Read More

Free Download: White Paper Explores Insurance Coverage Implications of Social Media
Posted on 11 Dec 2012 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Law Community Staff

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... Read More

California AG Advocates 'Surprise Minimization' to Protect Mobile Device Consumers from Unexpected Privacy Practices
Posted on 12 Apr 2013 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Law Community Staff

Hailing her state as the "epicenter of modern innovation," California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has issued recommendations for app developers and providers, advertising networks and others as part of an effort to give consumers "meaningful... Read More

Privacy Class Action Under Federal Wiretap Act Targets Facebook - Free Complaint Download
Posted on 25 May 2012 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Law Community Staff

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Facebook users on May 23 filed an amended consolidated class action complaint in federal court here in the case In re: Facebook Internet Tracking Litigation (No. 5:12-md-02314-EJD, N.D. Calif. [San Jose]). The class action asserts... Read More

California AB 1844: Limiting Employers' Access to Employees' Social Media
Posted on 12 Dec 2012 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Law Community Staff

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... Read More

Pennsylvania's Pending Privacy Protection Act Would Prohibit Disclosure of Access To Social Media Accounts
Posted on 13 Jul 2012 by Philip Miles

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... Read More

Troutman Sanders LLP: 'Facing' Reality: Facebook Knows What You Look Like
Posted on 8 Aug 2012 by Troutman Sanders

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... Read More

Texas EMT Files Moronic Invasion-of-Privacy Lawsuit
Posted on 23 Jul 2012 by Eric Meyer

From the state that just loves our sloppy seconds -- out-of-work wide receiver who cries about a fumbling quarterback say, "What. It's unfair. That's my quarterback." -- comes this case about a Facebooking emergency medical technician... Read More

Ballard Spahr LLP: Maryland User Name and Password Privacy Protections Take Effect October 1
Posted on 13 Sep 2012 by Ballard Spahr LLP

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... Read More

Facebook - 500 Million, But What Happens When Friends Die?
Posted on 20 Jul 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

Growth at Facebook has been unbelievable and not a surprise that its user rolls will get to 500 million , but last fall a childhood friend died, and a few months later I was taken aback after Facebook asked me to post on his wall. Since so many new... Read More

Google Wants to Search Before You Even Ask
Posted on 6 Oct 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

Allowing Google to access your cell GPS will permit Google to make suggestions about things to do or restaurants to try wherever you happen to be. Although Google's CEO Eric Schmidt recently said these autonomous search features were on the horizon... Read More

GPS Tracking Required Warrant
Posted on 12 Aug 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

A court recently ruled that the use of GPS tracking data in a drug distribution case violated the defendant's constitutional rights and the police needed a warrant. The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a brief in support of Antoine Jones that... Read More

Privacy Update - Frankly Most Social Media Users Don't Care
Posted on 13 Oct 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

Facebook now offers users the ability to download all of their content in a simple zip file format, but this doesn't solve privacy concerns. Sure it's nice to be able to download all the content, but in the meantime Facebook still stores lots... Read More

UK News - Use of Facebook Earn 4 Year Jail Terms
Posted on 17 Aug 2011 by Peter S. Vogel

Within 10 days of the riots in the UK a judge sentenced two young men, 20 and 22, to 4 years in jail for using Facebook. Without question Social Media has transformed communications and impacted the UK riots, but one might wonder if the courts may... Read More

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Web 2.0 Update - Facebook Surpasses Google
Posted on 22 Mar 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

Hitwise reports that Facebook became the most visited website in the US for the first time. Kind of takes your breath away that a social media site is getting more traffic than the largest search engine in the US. Since Facebook just went over 400... Read More