Social Links: Behavioral targeting under scrutiny from lawmakers

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill continue to take aim at social media platforms that collect and use personal information that build algorithms to target individuals across a variety of dimensions when users engage with those platforms, most prominently in the form of advertising and other …›

January 20, 2022 - Privacy

Forgot to Cancel? Pay Attention to Recent Auto-Renewal Law Changes

As subscription models have gained exponential traction, legislatures are clamoring to ensure that their auto-renewal laws keep up with novel consumer protection issues. Several states have introduced or revised their auto-renewal laws, and the Federal Trade Commission has affirmed its commitment to enforce against …›

Facebook rebrands as “Meta;” disables facial recognition capabilities

In late October, Facebook announced that it would change its name to Meta, signaling a shift of the social media giant’s focus toward the metaverse, a virtual space where social media, gaming, augmented reality, virtual reality, and cryptocurrencies converge and allow people to interact …›

November 15, 2021 - Advertising, Big Data, Class Actions, Copyright

Social Links: Embedding social media posts can be considered copyright infringement…but is it?

Social Links is our ongoing series here at Socially Aware that rounds up current developments at the intersection of social media, policy, research, and the law. Embedding social media posts can be considered copyright infringement…but is it? A Manhattan federal judge ruled in August 2021 that …›

October 12, 2021 - Compliance, Contracts, European Union

New “Two-Click Cancellation” Button – German Exceptionalism for Subscription Terminations

As part of the new Fair Consumer Contracts Act, [Gesetz für Faire Verbraucherverträge; published in the Federal Gazette (Part I) no. 53/2021, p. 3433 et seq., full text publicly available (in German) Germany will soon require specific cancellation/termination mechanisms for consumer subscriptions. These mechanisms …›