Social Links—Twitter loosens up; case against Google stands; should millennials be in charge of big social media campaigns?
- Here’s how Twitter is loosening up its 140-character limit. The federal government will now check the social media history of prospective employees before granting them security clearance. One expert says C-level executives shouldn’t entrust millennials with their companies’ social media feeds. Federal court refuses... ›
Social Links—Instagram’s logo change causes a stir; stats on social media use at work; lessons from a YouTube star.
By: Aaron P. RubinThe 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... ›
Social Links—The most disliked movie trailer ever; using social media to plan trips and land job interviews; and more.
By: Aaron P. RubinFacebook users spend more time on the platform than they spend pursuing any other leisure activity, except TV. Indeed, 1/16th of the average user’s waking time is spent on the platform. The most disliked movie trailer in history, according to YouTube. New California law... ›
Social Links—Fines for social-media-posting jurors; Microinfluencers; Snapchat’s and Tinder’s sketchy new features
By: Aaron P. RubinA lawsuit alleges this Snapchat feature is making driving even more dangerous, and it’s not texting or instant messaging. This state is considering imposing hefty fines on jurors who post information to social media about the lawsuits they’re hearing. Facebook pulls back the veil... ›
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Social Links—Facebook-spying litigators; employees’ social media posts; Europe’s Right To Be Forgotten
By: Aaron P. RubinDefense lawyers who checked out the Facebook page of a plaintiff suing their client can be prosecuted for attorney misconduct, New Jersey judge rules. Norwegian band changes its name to avoid “ social media censorship .” Can public agencies control their employees’ social media... ›
Digital Single Market Strategy Update: Europe Proposes Further Harmonisation of Consumer Protection Laws
By: Kristina EhleThe European Commission has published two draft directives on the supply of digital content and the online sale of goods that aim to help harmonise consumer law across Europe. In proposing these new laws, the European Union is making progress towards one of the... ›
HIPAA and Health Care Apps: Is Your App Covered?
By: Erin M. Bosman and Julie Y. ParkHealth care apps are one of the most important and growing segments in the ecosystem known as the Internet of Things (IoT). After the recent amendments to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that—among other things—broadened the definition of a “Business Associate,”... ›
Privacy Shield vs. Safe Harbor: A Different Name for an Improved Agreement?The European Commission (the “Commission”) and the U.S. Department of Commerce issued the draft legal texts for the much anticipated EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (the “Shield”), set to replace the currently inoperative Safe Harbor program (“Safe Harbor”). The new agreement is aimed at restoring the... ›
Employer Surveillance of Internet and Email Use in the Workplace in GermanyIs an employer allowed to access an employee’s email account when the employee is on sick leave? To what extent is control permissible when an employee is suspected of illegal activities, e.g., of leaking trade secrets? In Germany, these questions are at the crossroads of... ›
Consumer Privacy Survey Results
By: Aaron P. RubinAs 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... ›