In this era of big data, a company’s value may increasingly depend on the value of the information it has collected and stored. As companies amass ever-growing amounts of often sensitive personal data, the privacy and cybersecurity risks involved in mergers and acquisitions have become greater. As a result, today’s M&A transactions necessarily require deep due diligence on the privacy and cybersecurity risks posed by these deals, including a review of the M&A target’s communications on internal- and external-facing social media platforms.

In a practical webinar on September 26, 2017, Socially Aware contributor Christine Lyon and Mike Krigbaum discussed privacy and data security due diligence in M&A transactions. The topics they covered included:

  • Common challenges and pitfalls in performing privacy and cybersecurity due diligence;
  • The questions an acquirer’s team should ask to better identify, evaluate, and manage an acquisition target’s privacy and cybersecurity vulnerabilities; and
  • Steps the seller’s team can take to mitigate risk and help ensure that the deal is not jeopardized.

To view a recording of the webcast, click here.

Live Webinar: June 6, 2017 at 12:00 PM (ET) / 9:00 AM (PT)

The May 2018 compliance deadline for the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is fast approaching and—with non-compliance penalties of up to €20 million or 4% of annual global turnover at stake—you cannot afford to miss the deadline.

Please join Socially Aware contributors and Morrison Foerster privacy & data security attorneys Lokke Moerel and Marian A. Waldmann Agarwal for a complimentary, practical webinar explaining where you should be in your efforts to meet the May 2018 compliance deadline, where you need to be in a year, and how to get there.

Lokke and Marian will pay particularly close attention to the aspects of the GDPR that will have the greatest impact on your company’s operations:

  • How to best implement the GDPR’s extensive documentation requirements;
  • How the right to data portability and the individual’s right to be forgotten (RTBF) will impact your business; and
  • How vendors are implementing their new obligations under the GDPR and how vendor contracts will need to evolve to comply with GDPR requirements.

Register for the Data Protection Masterclass here.

As Socially Aware readers know, social media is transforming the way companies interact with consumers—indeed, some pundits have referred to social media as the greatest development for marketers since the printing press. But, of course, the new business opportunities created by social media also create new legal risks for companies. Learn how to make the most of these new business opportunities while minimizing associated legal risks at Socially Aware’s and Practising Law Institute’s upcoming Social Media conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, February 9th.  The conference will be chaired by Socially Aware editor John Delaney, and will be webcasted for our readers who are located outside of the Bay Area.

This year’s program features speakers from Facebook, Pinterest and Snapchat, as well as counsel at other prominent companies and law firms immersed in the emerging social media-related trends and best practices. Further, representatives from leading social media regulators, including the Federal Trade Commission and the California State Attorney General’s Office, will share their insights on how companies leveraging social media can stay on the right side of the law.

If you’re looking for a conference tackling today’s most challenging social media-related legal issues, this is it!  For more information or to register, please visit PLI’s website here.

Our managing editors John Delaney and Aaron Rubin will be attending SXSW Interactive on March 11th through 16th, 2016. In connection with the event, John and Aaron have proposed two presentations based on topics that have been covered on this blog: Key Moments in Social Media Law and The Grand Unifying Theory of Today’s Tech Trends.

Socially Aware readers can help to ensure that these two topics end up on the SXSW Interactive agenda by voting for the presentations. To vote, simply click on the links provided above and create an account.

Voting is free and open to everyone—not just prospective SXSW Interactive attendees. But hurry! The polls close at 11:59 PM CDT on Friday, September 4th.

Also, if you plan to attend SXSW Interactive next year, please let us know—we’d love to get together with you in Austin.

Social media is transforming the way companies interact with consumers. Learn how to make the most of these online opportunities while minimizing your company’s risk at Practicing Law Institute’s (PLI) 2015 Social Media conference, chaired by Socially Aware editor John Delaney.

This year’s program features speakers from American Express, BuzzFeed, Dell, and Foursquare. There will also be a “Meet the Regulators” panel discussion featuring representatives from FINRA, the FTC, and the New York State Attorney General’s Office. And the conference will conclude with a networking reception.

Join us for the conference in New York on February 25th. For more information or to register, please visit PLI’s website here.

Please join Socially Aware editor John Delaney as he chairs Practising Law Institute’s (PLI) “Social Media 2015: Addressing Corporate Risks.” Issues to be addressed at the conference include:

  • Friending, Tagging and Tweeting: Social Media Overview
  • User-Generated Content: Liability Concerns and Safe Harbors
  • Social Media in the Workplace: Emerging Issues
  • Social Media, Mobile Apps and the Emerging Regulatory Landscape
  • Hot Issues in Social Media Advertising
  • A View from the Trenches: Hot Issues, Creative Solutions

Representatives from Facebook, Netflix, Google and other companies will be speaking at the event. The conference is being held in San Francisco on February 10th and in New York City on February 25th. The February 10th event will be webcasted. For more information or to register, please visit PLI’s website here.

Socially Aware will be sponsoring a free webinar on cybersecurity-related legal issues on December 2, 2014.  As part of the webinar, privacy and data security lawyers from Morrison & Foerster LLP – including a number of Socially Aware contributors – will discuss the cybersecurity trends and challenges, addressing current and pending laws and regulations in various jurisdictions, how to work with regulators around the world, and critical action items before, during and after a security incident. For more information on Morrison & Foerster’s privacy and data security practice group, please follow them on Twitter @MoFoPrivacy.  More information regarding the webinar, including how to register for the event, please click here.

As technology becomes ever more complex, the scope and scale of cyber-attacks and risks are increasing at an unprecedented rate. Cyber issues are high on the agenda for boards of directors and senior management. We all know that cybercrime is no longer just an issue for the IT department or an issue relating only to U.S. state laws. Governments around the world are working to educate businesses about the risk of cybercrime and are taking a much more active role in law enforcement. Privacy practitioners are increasingly being called upon to address boards of directors regarding the need to moderate the demands of corporate and national security according to fundamental privacy rights and the requirements of various regulations and enforcement activity in the U.S., Asia, and Europe.

Although it will never be possible for data security to be perfect, there are many steps that companies can take to address and mitigate the risks and respond appropriately when a compromise occurs. Security incidents can present significant risks to companies in a number of different ways, including negative brand and reputation attention, loss of sales or customer churn, financial penalties, and legal exposure.

During this program, you will receive practical guidance on the multiple challenges posed by cybersecurity issues. Topics to be addressed will include:

  • Current and upcoming rules in various jurisdictions, including the U.S., Europe, and Asia
  • How to work with regulators around the world in response to enforcement actions
  • Crucial action items before, during, and after a security incident

Speakers:

Webinar:

  • December 2, 2014
  • 04:30 PM-06:00 PM GST

Registration

Congratulations to Socially Aware’s London-based correspondent Sue McLean for being shortlisted for the Women in the City Woman of Achievement Awards 2014. Established in 2007, these awards recognize senior level women who are actively promoting and encouraging the progress of women within their own organizations and beyond. Winners will be announced on October 23 at a celebration evening. In addition to her many contributions to Socially Aware, Sue is of counsel in Morrison & Foerster’s Technology Transactions Group, is the founder and chair of the firm’s MoFo Women affinity group, and manages and mentors a number of lawyers in the firm. She is also a passionate advocate  of gender diversity in tech. Just this week she hosted and chaired a “Women in Technology” roundtable with Harriet Minter of The Guardian newspaper. Senior women from leading companies such as VMware, Oracle, Intel, IBM, and Fujitsu, along with other representatives from across the sector, attended to discuss how we can improve gender diversity in tech. It was a great success and follow-up sessions are planned.

Don’t know your ‘like’ from your ‘hashtag’? Got a LinkedIn account, but not sure how to get the most out of it? Use Twitter in your personal life, but not sure how it works in a business context?

It is well established that effective networking is crucial to a woman’s career. It is also clear that women dominate the majority of social media platforms. Indeed, Sheryl Sandberg says that Facebook statistics show that “The social world is led by women”. But many of us are still not bringing the two together and exploring the value of business networking via social media.

At its heart, business is about relationships, and relationships are built on conversations. Conversations first became virtual via letters, then telephones and faxes, then emails and now social media. Can you imagine telling an important contact that you don’t have email? Can you imagine their reaction? Many will now look at you in the same way if you don’t have a LinkedIn profile!

Please join us for a session where we will provide tips to help you (i) identify which social media platforms are most appropriate for your role, (ii) build and optimize your profiles and (ii) effectively network via social media.

Speakers:
We are delighted to be joined by Linda Cheung, a recognised thought leader on social media for business and the co-founder of CubeSocial, a leading social media marketing and CRM company.

Sue McLean, chair of MoFo Women London and the Head of MoFo’s Social Media Practice in Europe will host the event and provide some top tips for avoiding the legal pitfalls associated with social media.

Date & Time:
Wednesday,September 10, 2014
6:30 p.m. BST

For more information and registration information, click here.