Stored Communications Act Protects FB Posts

This article takes a look at a recent case (Ehling v. Monmouth-Ocean Hospital Service Corp.) in which an employee claimed that she was protected by the Stored Communications Act (SCA), when information she has posted to her Facebook resulted in her termination. This case is an important reminder to employers against unauthorized access to employees’ social media activities that are not open to the general [...]

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Instagram Responds to Privacy Uproar

This article follows up on Instagram’s major announcement that it would change its Terms of Service. In response to substantial user backlash, the photo-sharing service determined that it would revert back to its original terms and privacy policy, until it could properly develop its advertising [...]

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New Instagram Privacy Policy

This article introduces Instagram’s new privacy policy, which will come into effect January 16, [...]

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Privacy-Related Lawsuits on the Rise

This article discusses the increase in class action lawsuits involving online privacy. Companies that operate in the online world, specifically in social media environments have attractive opportunities for connecting with consumers, however, as recent events have shown, they must also proceed on the privacy front with caution. The article briefly introduces a number of high profile class action suits, the common categories of the claims, how websites operating in these spaces can mitigate the risks, and finally, how companies might respond to privacy-related class action [...]

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Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA)

The Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA) was introduced into Congress in mid-April 2012. If passed, it would prohibit current or potential employers from requiring access to employees’ or applicants’ online content. It bars employers from demanding such access to discipline, discriminate or deny employment to individuals, and from punishing refusal to volunteer such information. The SNOPA would also apply the same restrictions to educational institutions (i.e. colleges, universities and K-12 [...]

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