Just over a month after the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect, California passed its own sweeping privacy legislation, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018.

The Act stands to affect countless global companies doing business in California, many of which recently devoted extensive time and resources to GDPR compliance. These companies must now determine what additional steps are necessary to comply with the Act by the time it takes effect on January 1, 2020.

Join Socially Aware contributors Christine Lyon and Julie O’Neill on Thursday, September 20, 2018, for a deep dive into the key similarities and differences between the GDPR and the Act, as well as practical steps companies can take to assess gaps and chart a path to compliance. The areas they expect to cover include:

  • Notice requirements
  • Access and portability
  • Deletion
  • Opt-outs
  • Discrimination

If you are interested in attending this free webinar, please register here.

This post is a bit meta. It is about an event that I attended that was about an event that I didn’t attend.

Let me explain. I missed the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year, but was fortunate to attend the Paley Center for Media’s (PCM) “Best of CES 2018” event last Thursday night. Every year, immediately following CES, PCM (a Morrison & Foerster client) convenes a panel of well-known tech industry commentators to discuss the most interesting technologies and technology trends that they discovered at CES. For attendees of PCM’s event, it feels like getting all of the benefits of CES without having to deal with the crowds and long lines (or even booking a flight to Las Vegas).

This year’s PCM panel members, all of whom had spent the prior week at CES, consisted of Joanna Stern of the Wall Street Journal, Dana Wollman of Engadget, Shelly Palmer of the Palmer Group and Advancit Capital’s Jon Miller, who served as the moderator.

Normally this is the sort of event that I would have live tweeted via our @MoFoSocMedia Twitter account—but I’m a slow typist and the panelists had way too many interesting insights per minute for me to keep up. On the other hand, it seems selfish not to share what I learned, so I’m writing this informal summary of the event—essentially, the best of the “Best of CES 2018.” Continue Reading The Best of the Best of CES 2018

As Socially Aware readers know, 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 legal risks at Practising Law Institute’s (PLI) 2018 Social Media conference, to be held in San Francisco on Thursday, February 1st, and in New York City on Wednesday, February 14th; both events will be webcasted. The conference will be chaired by Socially Aware co-editor John Delaney, and our other co-editor, Aaron Rubin, will also be presenting at the event.

Topics to be addressed will include:

  • The new business opportunities—and legal risks—that social media is providing for businesses
  • What every company should know about online contractual eco-systems
  • How to avoid running afoul of the law when employing social media influencers and using marketing tools like user-generated content, hashtags and native advertising online
  • The privacy-related developments that have arisen in connection with geo-location tracking and interest-based advertising
  • How to minimize the risks that accompany social media use in the workplace

In addition, an in-house panel will provide creative solutions to real-world social-media-related issues and address emerging social media trends.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get up-to-date information on the fast-breaking developments in the critical area of social media so that you can most effectively meet the needs of your clients.

For more information or to register, please visit PLI’s website here. We hope to see you there!

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.