The Great Instagram Logo Freakout of 2016.

A UK council policy reportedly grants its members power to spy on residents by setting up fake Facebook profiles.

Guess who spends more of their workday on social media, women or men?

Lessons from one of YouTube’s first (and most successful) stars.

Should sharing tragic images on social media be against the law?

A team of Google employees proposed adding new emojis to represent women in professional situations.

Has social media forced everyone to brand themselves?

Nearly 500 startup companies offer tech solutions for the legal industry.

Using social media to speed up organ donation.

Suicide on Periscope prompts France to open inquiry.

Now an online service helps people to prepare their “digital legacy.” Will the “social media assets after death” issue never die? (Sorry, we couldn’t resist.)

Study finds social media manipulation is the most common form of sextortion.

privacy_As Socially Aware readers know, privacy presents real business risks that have the potential to negatively impact a company’s bottom line, from the legal fees associated with a data breach to revenue declines stemming from a loss of consumer trust.

Late last year, Socially Aware contributor Andrew Serwin conducted an online survey of more than 900 consumers from across the United States to gauge attitudes and concerns about various privacy issues.

Andrew’s summary of the survey results can be found here. The summary makes for interesting reading. Some of the findings include:

  • Privacy concerns influence consumer purchasing decisions. In fact, in the last 12 months, nearly one in three U.S. consumers (35%) made a decision about what company to purchase products or services from based on privacy concerns.
  • High-earning, well-educated consumers are more likely than other consumers to stop buying from a business because of a data breach
  • Identity theft is the single biggest privacy concern among consumers.

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The latest issue of our Socially Aware newsletter is now available here.

In this issue of Socially Aware, our Burton Award-winning guide to the law and business of social media, we discuss an important Ninth Circuit decision refusing to enforce an arbitration clause in a website “terms of use” agreement; we examine “Operation Full Disclosure,” the Federal Trade Commission’s initiative to review fine print disclosures and other disclosures in connection with advertisements; we highlight a recent case allowing unprecedented service of process via Facebook; we take a look at California’s recent data security breach law amendment, which may impose the country’s first requirement to provide free identify theft protection services to consumers in connection with certain data security breaches; we explore a new court decision addressing ownership issues in connection with Facebook “likes”; and we review the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s draft guidelines on social media.

All this—plus an infographic regarding mobile device and app use.

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The latest issue of our Socially Aware newsletter is now available here.

In this issue of Socially Aware, our Burton Award-winning guide to the law and business of social media, we examine the use of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to combat web scraping; we explore the launch of Google Glass in the UK and the issues it raises; we analyze the FDA’s latest attempt to provide direction for drug and device manufacturers concerning how and when they may use social media; we report on a recent case concerning whether service providers can avail themselves of certain DMCA safe harbors; we highlight the increasingly important role of social media services in proxy contests; we take a look at how the Supreme Court’s Aereo decision might impact other areas of technology; and we discuss the ongoing controversy regarding website accessibility under the ADA and California’s Unruh Act.

All this—plus a collection of thought-provoking statistics about social media and the World Cup…

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In the latest issue of Socially Aware, our Burton Award-winning guide to the law and business of social media, we look at recent First Amendment, intellectual property, labor and privacy law developments affecting corporate users of social media and the Internet. We also recap major events from 2012 that have had a substantial impact on social media law, and we take a look at some of the big numbers racked up by social media companies over the past year.

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2. “Ultimate Dog Tease” by Talking Animals

3. “Jack Sparrow” by The Lonely Island (feat. Michael Bolton)

4. “Talking Twin Babies” by Randy McEntee

5. “Nyan Cat” by Christopher Torres and Sara Joon

6. “Look At Me Now” by Chris Brown feat. LilWayne, Busta Rhymes

7. “The Creep” by The Lonely Island (feat. Nicki Minaj & John Waters)

8. Maria Aragon’s “Born This Way

9. Volkswagon Commercial “The Force

10. “Cat Mom Hugs Baby Kitten” by Anonymous