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



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


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.

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.



Please join Socially Aware contributors Karin Retzer, Reed Freeman, Alistair Maughan and Stephanie Sharron in this complimentary Masterclass session webinar on Tuesday, June 10 at 8:30 a.m. PDT/4:30 p.m. BST.

Some say we are embarking on a Big Data era. IBM has reported that we create 2.5 quintilion bytes of data every day, and that 90% of the digital data that exists today has been created in the last two years. A huge amount of data about individuals’ habits, behavior and personal preferences are now being created (e.g. via smartphones, social media platforms, payment services and loyalty schemes, machine-to-machine interconnectivity and the Internet of Things (“IoT”), software-as-a-service and cloud applications). In addition, new technology tools are enabling companies to make more of existing data stored in legacy systems. Not only do organizations have access to more data than ever before, there are more tools for managing, manipulating and using that data.

It has been acknowledged for some time that Big Data and IoT technologies and analytics can drive big benefits for companies in terms of efficiencies and revenue creation. However, for all the potential benefits, Big Data and IoT also pose challenging legal issues that need to be navigated carefully. In particular, the ability to collect so much data from so many sources and the ability to use that data in a myriad of ways (including ways never originally envisaged when the data was collected), creates huge privacy implications.

This webinar will highlight the issues you need to consider in terms of Big Data and IoT, and discuss best practice for businesses to realize the benefits of the new technologies while mitigating the risks.

For more information, please contact Kay Burgess.

This complimentary JOBS Act seminar is being organized by our sister blog, MoFo Jumpstarter:

In the two years since the adoption of the JOBS Act, fundamental changes have developed in the IPO market and perhaps even more significant changes have resulted in the private or exempt offering market. During our session, which will take place at the Michelangelo Hotel in New York on May 8 from 8:30 – 10:00am,  we will review:

  • The status of JOBS Act implementation;
  • IPO practices;
  • The proposed crowdfunding regulatory framework;
  • Up-Cs, two share class deals, and other innovations;
  • General solicitation—what is it? And why isn’t there more of it?
  • Verifying investor status;
  • Ongoing reporting versus Exchange Act reporting; and
  • Proposed legislation.

Morrison & Foerster is offering participants 1.5 New York CLE credits for attendance.

To register for the event, please email Alexa Powers at

Please join Socially Aware editor John Delaney as he chairs Practising Law Institute’s (PLI) “Social Media 2014: Addressing Corporate Risks.” Issues to be addressed at the conference include:

  • Social media: how it works, and why it is transforming the business world
  • Drafting and updating social media policies
  • User-generated content and related IP concerns
  • Ensuring protection under the CDA’s Safe Harbor
  • Legal issues in connection with online data harvesting
  • Online marketing: new opportunities, new risks
  • Privacy law considerations
  • Practical tips for handling real-world issues

Representatives from Facebook, Pinterest, Google and other companies will be speaking at the event. The conference is being held in San Francisco on Monday, February 10th and in New York City on February 26th. The February 10th event will be webcasted. For more information or to register, please visit PLI’s website here.

Our global privacy + data security group’s Data Protection Masterclass Webinar series is turning the spotlight on social media marketing and policies in January.

Please join Socially Aware contributors Christine Lyon and Karin Retzer, along with Ann Bevitt in our London office for a webinar that will examine the laws and regulations in the United States and Europe relating to consumer-facing issues that arise from the use of social media in advertising and marketing. This presentation will also address the challenges that employers and employees face resulting from the use of social media in the workplace and in the recruitment process.

Topics Will Include:

  • Privacy issues for social media advertising, blogging and tweeting
  • Data sharing in relation to social plug-ins
  • Data protection requirements for social media market research
  • Targeting and analytics
  • Social media policies
  • Monitoring of social media use, including misuse of social media by employees
  • Use of social media in the application process

Date & Time:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. GMT
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. PST



To register for this webinar, please click here.

For more information, please contact Kay Burgess at or +44 20 7920 4067.

Socially Aware editor John Delaney will be speaking at the BITS Social Media Risk Management Forum on July 31, 2013, at the Four Seasons Georgetown Hotel in Washington, D.C. John will be participating in a panel discussion on social media-related business and legal risks for financial services companies, and strategies for mitigating such risks. For more information or to register for the event, click here.

Readers in the New York area, please join us for a complimentary, in-person event on Tuesday, May 28.

Recently, regulators provided some additional guidance regarding the use of social media channels to disseminate issuer information. FINRA and the Commission also have been focused on the use of social media by registered broker-dealers, and by investment advisers. During this session, we will review current guidance, best practices, and potential pitfalls, and address the following topics:

  • Using your website or social media tools for Reg FD purposes;
  • Using the Internet for capital-raising in exempt offerings;
  • Liability for hyperlinked and other third-party data on websites;
  • FINRA guidance to broker-dealers;
  • Guidance for private funds; and
  • Guidance for advisers.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Registration / Breakfast:
8:00 am – 8:30 am EDT

8:30 am – 10:00 am EDT

Morrison & Foerster LLP
1290 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10104

New York and California CLE credit is pending. Breakfast will be served.

For more information and to register, please email Joe Marano at

Please join Socially Aware editor John Delaney as he speaks at the New England Corporate Counsel Association’s “Technology Law Update: Recent Developments in Social Media & Internet Law” event in Waltham, MA on Wednesday, April 10. Issues to be addressed in the presentation include the following:

  • Recent developments and trends impacting corporate uses of social media and the Internet
  • Why your company’s social media policy may be out of compliance with U.S. law if it hasn’t been updated over the past year (and how to get it into compliance)
  • Employers vs. employees: The growing battle for ownership of social media accounts
  • The Pinterest dilemma: Does the country’s hottest social media platform turn corporate users into copyright infringers?
  • Online data harvesting: Is it legal?
  • Emerging best practices with respect to mobile apps

For more information and registration information, click here.