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Messages on Facebook & MySpace are Protected Information

A Judge ruled that Facebook wall postings and MySpace comments may not be subpoenaed based on the 1986 Stored Communications Act which is the same statute before the US Supreme Court in Quon v. Arch Wireless . US District Judge Margaret Morrow's May 26, 2010 37 page Order in Buckley H. Crispin v...

FTC Settlement - Twitter Barred for 20 Years From Misleading

As a candidate, President-Elect Obama's Twitter account was hacked "offering his more than 150,000 followers a chance to win $500 in free gas." Twitter settled the FTC's charges "that it deceived consumers and put their privacy at risk by failing to safeguard their personal information...

The Tweet Heard Around the World

News of Osama Bin Laden's death did not come from a major new outlet, it spread virally around the world through a tweet. Late Sunday afternoon, May 1 st , the news started with a tweet from Sohaib Athar under the Twitter name of @reallyvirtual. Athar, a 33 year old information technology professional...

Flash Mob Riots: Crime in the Age of Twitter

Crime, in the age of Twitter, comes to appear as a form of cartel - that needs busting. - Will Davies, Research Fellow at Oxford University, in reference to the on-going riots in London . Much has already been written about the role of social media in the riots in London, now on their third...

Who "Owns" Your Social Media Accounts? You or Your Employer?

There is a time bomb in your company that you had better defuse. This is true whether you are employee or employer, because when it blows, both sides will be out lots of time and money, including plenty in attorney's fees. Not that we attorneys don't want your money; it's just that some of...

10 Tips for Navigating Defamation Issues in Social Media

By Mary Gately and Victoria Bruno Online and social media have revolutionized the way companies interact with their customers - allowing them to target customer interests and engage customers much more directly. Entering into the world of social media, however, may pose reputational challenges. On...