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Snapchat Settlement Signals Greater FTC Scrutiny for Tech Start-Up Privacy Policies

Posted in Online Privacy, Privacy, Social Media
By now, you have probably heard about the FTC’s recent settlement with Snapchat, the popular mobile photo and video messaging service, over allegations that it deceived consumers with promises about the disappearing nature of messages sent through its service.  It did not take long for major media outlets to cover the story, highlighting both consumer … Continue Reading

FTC Says That Sponsors of Pinterest Contests Should Require Users to Post Pins with Hashtags Warning When Pins are Posted for a Prize

Posted in Marketing, Social Media
In a March 20, 2014 closing letter sent to fashion company Cole Haan, the FTC warned that use of the hashtag #WanderingSole in conjunction with a recent Pinterest contest did not adequately communicate the “material connection” between Pinterest contestants and Cole Haan and violates Section 5 of the FTC Act. Although the FTC declined to … Continue Reading

When Can Online Terms of Use and Privacy Policies Be Changed?

Posted in Online Privacy, Privacy, Social Media
Recently, a California court dismissed a plaintiff’s claims that Instagram’s updated Terms of Services constituted a breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing implied in all contacts because Instagram took expanded rights over user’s photos.  Rodriguez v Instagram, LLC  (California Superior Court of San Francisco Case CGC-13-532875) (February 28, 2014). We have … Continue Reading

Some Things Better Left Unshared: Social Media and Medical Identity Theft

Posted in Data Breaches, HIPAA/HITECH, Identity Theft, Medical Privacy, Social Media
The Washington Post recently published an article reminding individuals not to tweet or otherwise share information concerning their medical conditions on social media, warning that disclosing such information publicly “is akin to posting your address along with the dates you’ll be away on vacation.”  Quoting Jennifer Trussell, who investigates medical identity theft on behalf of … Continue Reading

Media Convergence and Privacy Attorney Alan Friel Joins BakerHostetler in LA

Posted in Behavioral Advertising, Marketing, Online Privacy, Social Media
BakerHostetler is proud to announce that Alan Friel has joined the firm, resident in the Los Angeles office and practicing in the Intellectual Property Group, as a key member of the Privacy and Data Protection and the Information Technology and Transaction teams. Friel’s practice focuses on intellectual property transactions, regulatory schemes, and privacy and consumer … Continue Reading

Legal concepts every social media marketer should know: Part IV – User Generated Content (Content Treasure Trove v. Legal Pandora’s Box)

Posted in Marketing, Miscellaneous, Online Privacy, Privacy, Social Media
Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published on September 30, 2013, courtesy of iMedia Connection’s Blog. It is repurposed with permission. This post is co-authored by Alan M. Pate The most valuable resource in a marketing campaign can often be the very audience you are trying to reach. “User generated content,” or UGC, be … Continue Reading

Legal concepts every social media marketer should know: Part III — Use of third-party images, graphics, and content

Posted in Litigation, Marketing, Miscellaneous, Social Media
Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published on September 11, 2013, courtesy of iMedia Connection’s Blog. It is repurposed with permission. This post is co-authored by Alan M. Pate. It’s often said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But when it comes to running an online marketing campaign or social media site, … Continue Reading

Legal concepts every social media marketer should know: Part I — Consumer privacy

Posted in COPPA, Marketing, Mobile Privacy, Online Privacy, Privacy, Social Media
Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published on August 12, 2013, courtesy of iMedia Connection’s Blog. It is repurposed with permission. This post is co-authored by Alan M. Pate. There are three things a social media website operator or digital marketer probably hates to hear most before  launching an online ad campaign: 1. Can you make … Continue Reading

Twitter v. Manhattan DA Fight Unfortunately Ends with a Whimper

Posted in Social Media
This blog post is a joint submission with BakerHostetler’s Discovery Advocate blog. Last Friday, Twitter’s battle with the Manhattan District Attorney over a subpoena for an Occupy Wall Street protester’s tweets came to an anti-climactic end as the New York appeals court dismissed Twitter’s appeal of a Manhattan Criminal Court’s order to produce the tweets … Continue Reading

SEC Greenlights Use of Social Media for Publicly Disclosing Company Information

Posted in Social Media
Co-authored by: Jonathan Nowakowski Recognizing the reality that many investors likely get more information from Facebook and Twitter than a corporate 10-K and that most public companies have a robust social media presence, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently weighed in on the use of social media by public companies to disclose material … Continue Reading

Proposed FFIEC Guidance on Financial Institution Social Media Use

Posted in Financial Privacy, Social Media
The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released for comment on January 17 its proposed Social Media: Consumer Compliance Risk Management Guidance.  There is a 60-day comment period.  The purpose of the guidance is to help banks, savings associations, credit unions, and non-bank entities supervised by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) understand and address … Continue Reading

Facebook Opens Door to Giving Your Personal Information to an Affiliated Ad Agency

Posted in Social Media
Give Facebook credit for candor. Facebook does not call the policy describing what it does with your personal information a “privacy policy”, but rather a “Data Use Policy”. The nomenclature is appropriate. The Facebook Data Use Policy is not so much about protecting the privacy of the information you share on Facebook as it is … Continue Reading

OMG! Does Your Doctor’s Facebook Status Violate HIPAA?

Posted in Privacy, Social Media
Co-authored by: Cory Fox Recently, the Federation of State Medical Boards (“the Federation”) released its Model Policy Guidelines for the Appropriate Use of Social Media and Social Networking in Medical Practice (“Guidelines”). The Guidelines are intended to address how physicians can utilize social media to facilitate patient care while still maintaining the privacy and confidentiality … Continue Reading

The NLRB Finds No Protected Activity Involved Where Employee is Fired for a Facebook Posting

Posted in Social Media
Authorship credit: Jay Seegers  Like many people, Robert Becker, a salesperson at Karl Knauz Motors’ BMW dealership in Chicago, had his own Facebook page. When the BMW dealership served hot dogs, chips, and bottled water at an event to introduce a new BMW vehicle, Mr. Becker posted sarcastic comments questioning whether the dealership’s choice of … Continue Reading

NLRB Decision Finds Social Media Provisions Unlawful

Posted in Social Media
Editor’s Note: This post is a joint submission to BakerHostetler’s Media Law Bytes & Pieces blog. Since June 2011, the Acting General Counsel (GC) of the National Labor Relations Board has issued three reports outlining the position of his office on the applicability of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to employee policies that set rules for permissible … Continue Reading

The NLRA and Employee Surveillance: Avoiding the Temptations and Pitfalls of Social Media

Posted in Online Privacy, Social Media
Authorship Credit: Ellen J. Shadur The advent of social media and the prevalence of mobile communications devices challenge employers seeking to prevent unlawful conduct in the workplace.  Employees are no longer constrained by the need for physical proximity, or lack of access to a bulletin board, a telephone landline, or a fax machine.  Bullying and … Continue Reading

FBI Issues New Warning on Social Networking Risks

Posted in Online Privacy, Social Media
Businesses Vulnerable to Employees’ Social Networking Activity Authorship Credit: Greg Saikin The FBI has issued a fresh warning to all users of internet-based social networking, informing them that hackers—ranging from con artists to foreign government spies—are looking for every opportunity to exploit the users’ identifying and related personal information.  The FBI reports that these tactics … Continue Reading

You Are What They Tweet: Why Clear Social Media Policies are Becoming More Critical to Employers in This Tech Age

Posted in Social Media
Authorship Credit: Tarsha Luke The recent termination of a top executive of a publicly traded company is another example of some of the perils of mixing personal and workplace social media. The chief financial officer for a women’s clothing retailer, Francesca’s Holdings, was dismissed for disseminating non-public corporate information to his Twitter followers. After a … Continue Reading

Article: “What Can Management Do to Protect the Organization from Inappropriate Use of Social Media?”

Posted in Social Media
Baker Hostetler Partner Dan Guttman published “What Can Management Do to Protect the Organization from Inappropriate Use of Social Media?” in the winter 2012 issue of OHPELRA Update, the labor and employee relations trade publication covering all Ohio’s public employers. In the article, Mr. Guttman notes that although social media outlets, including Facebook and LinkedIn, provide … Continue Reading