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Social Links: LinkedIn’s new feature estimates salaries; states grapple with digital-asset-inheritance laws; insurance company wants to base rates on applicants’ Facebook posts

Posted in Big Data, Ethics, Litigation, Terms of Use, UK

Because it bases its assesments on job title, location and industry, LinkedIn’s new Salary feature might be more accurate than are other online compensation estimation tools. States are trying to pass laws that balance bereaved people’s desire to access their deceased loved ones’ social media accounts with the privacy interests of the account holders and the people… Continue Reading

Big Data Can Lead to Big Legal Problems For Companies

Posted in Big Data, Compliance, Employment Law, FTC, Litigation

Deluged with an unprecedented amount of information available for analysis, companies in just about every industry are discovering increasingly sophisticated ways to make market observations, predictions and evaluations. Big Data can help companies make decisions ranging from which candidates to hire to which consumers should receive a special promotional offer. As a powerful tool for… Continue Reading

Social Links: A social media marketing fail; Facebook and prisoners, jurors, older people

Posted in Big Data, First Amendment, Litigation, Marketing

We’re trying something new here at Socially Aware: In addition to our usual social-media and tech-law analyses and updates, we’re going to end each work week with a list of links to interesting social media stories around the Web, primarily things that caught our eye during the week that we may or may not ultimately… Continue Reading

Privacy Shield vs. Safe Harbor: A Different Name for an Improved Agreement?

Posted in Big Data, Data Security, European Union, Privacy

The European Commission (the “Commission”) and the U.S. Department of Commerce issued the draft legal texts for the much anticipated EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (the “Shield”), set to replace the currently inoperative Safe Harbor program (“Safe Harbor”). The new agreement is aimed at restoring the trust of individuals in the transatlantic partnership and the digital economy,… Continue Reading

Big Data, Big Challenges: FTC Report Warns of Potential Discriminatory Effects of Big Data

Posted in Big Data, Compliance, Data Security, FTC, Privacy

In a new report, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) declines to call for new laws but makes clear that it will continue to use its existing tools it to aggressively police unfair, deceptive—or otherwise illegal—uses of big data. Businesses that conduct big data analytics, or that use the results of such analysis, should familiarize themselves with… Continue Reading