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Monthly Archives: September 2012

New California Law Limits Employer Access to Employee Social Media Accounts

Posted in Employment Law, Privacy

On September 27, 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that restricts employer access to the “personal social media” of employees and applicants for employment. Assembly Bill 1844 (“AB 1844”) adds to the California Labor Code new section 980.  Under this section, an employer may not “require or request” an employee or applicant to… Continue Reading

FTC Issues Guidance for Mobile App Privacy and Advertising; Signals More Enforcement Coming

Posted in FTC, Privacy

On September 5, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a brief guide to assist developers of mobile applications, both large and small, in complying with truth-in-advertising, privacy, and data security principles. In publishing this advice, the FTC makes clear that its Section 5 enforcement powers against unfair or deceptive acts or practices apply in… Continue Reading

G2G, Yo Quiero TB: Taco Bell Found Not Liable for Franchisee Text Message Campaign

Posted in Litigation

Plaintiffs’ attorneys seeking to cash in on grande class action lawsuits against companies that launch text message advertising campaigns suffered a setback in June as the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of California granted Taco Bell summary judgment in a lawsuit for Taco Bell’s alleged violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)…. Continue Reading