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Social networking service, MeetMe, Inc., settles minors’ privacy violations for $200,000

On August 19, 2015, MeetMe, Inc. (MeetMe), a social networking website and mobile app, agreed to pay $200,000 and to change its privacy policies to settle a lawsuit alleging that MeetMe distributed teenagers’ geolocation and personal information, without consent, to predators, stalkers, and advertisers. The allegations were filed by the city of San Francisco, charging … Continue Reading

The Facebook Warrant Decision

Last week a New York state appeals court recognized that “Facebook users share more intimate personal information through their Facebook accounts than may be revealed through rummaging about one’s home.” Nonetheless, the court held that online providers and their users are powerless to stop the government from obtaining details about the users’ online activities once … Continue Reading

Debtor’s Founder Ordered to Turn Over Social Media Accounts to Reorganized Company

A recent bankruptcy court decision highlights the importance of Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, and similar social media assets in today’s business marketplace. It’s not always clear how these might be best protected, but the decision provides some context for considering the very real problems business owners and their lenders face today. To access the full … Continue Reading

Judge stops blogging but may face discipline

A Nebraska federal judge called a United States Senator a “wacko” and unfit for a bid for the White House in his blog post…which was criticized by a GWU law professor blogger who said the blog post violated the federal judicial conduct rule prohibiting opposition or endorsement of political candidates…prompting an apology by the federal … Continue Reading

Social media campaign ends in disbarment for lawyer

Lawyers using social media: beware! The Louisiana Supreme Court has disbarred a lawyer for launching a “viral campaign to influence and intimidate” judges who presided over her friend’s child custody dispute. In a split decision, the Court found that the attorney used social media and blogs to disseminate false and misleading information about a judge’s … Continue Reading

New York State Bar Association issues updated opinion on lawyers’ social media use

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) issued a new opinion on lawyers’ use of social media last week to “assist lawyers in understanding the ethical challenges of social media.” The opinion provides new insight on the following: The extent to which lawyers’ ‘hybrid’ social media accounts are subject to ethical rules on advertising and … Continue Reading

California introduces ‘opt-in’ digital assets bill

On June 8, 2015, it was reported that the California legislature is considering a new bill, A.B. 691, which would set forth the procedure for handling a deceased individual’s digital assets, including their social media accounts. Under this bill, a deceased individual’s digital assets and communications may only be disclosed to an estate executor IF … Continue Reading

Oregon social media law signed by Governor

Yesterday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law a new social media law in Oregon, the first in the nation, that limits employers from requiring employees to have social media accounts for employment, and to require workers to advertise on their personal social media accounts. The facts behind the bill are interesting. The bill’s primary … Continue Reading

Connecticut Becomes Newest State with Social Media Privacy Law

Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy signed Connecticut’s new social media law on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 prohibiting employers from: (1) requesting or requiring that an employee or applicant provide the employer with a user name and/or password, or any other authentication means for accessing a personal online account; (2) requesting or requiring that an employee or … Continue Reading

Judge denies Gawker blog interns’ request to notify class action members through broad social media postings

U.S. District Court Judge Alison J. Nathan denied a request by the Gawker group of interns, who filed a class action against Gawker for its unfair business practices, to disseminate notice of their class action through various social media outlets. The Gawker interns, led by plaintiffs, Aulister mark and Andrew Hudson, sought to post notices … Continue Reading

NLRB determines vulgar Facebook posts protected concerted activity

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) determined that Pier Sixty LLC, a New York catering service, violated federal labor law by firing an employee server after he posted a Facebook message protesting supervisory abuse and encouraging other employees to vote for a union in an upcoming election. At a recent catering event, employee, Hernan Perez, … Continue Reading

Employers beware: Montana and Virginia are the newest states to limit employers’ access to personal social media accounts bringing the total number of states to 19

On April 8, the Montana legislature sent its new social media law to the Governor for signature and on March 23, Virginia passed legislation prohibiting an employer from requiring, requesting, or causing a current or prospective employee to disclose his or her username and password of social media accounts or requiring an employee to obtain … Continue Reading

New York court permits plaintiff to serve divorce summons through Facebook message

The Manhattan Supreme Court recently permitted the plaintiff in divorce proceedings to serve the divorce summons to her husband through a private Facebook message. Justice Matthew Cooper acknowledged that the plaintiff’s request for sole, and NOT supplemental, service through a social media message was a “radical departure” from the judicial standard. In Justice Cooper’s opinion, … Continue Reading

Pinterest’s value hits $11 billion

Social media company Pinterest announced that it is worth $11 billion after its latest funding round of $367 million. Pinterest, founded in 2010, which calls itself a “visual bookmarking tool” helps its customers discover and save their ideas, but has recently moved into the advertising world through its acquisition of Kosei, Inc., which matches advertisers … Continue Reading

Social media analytics firm raises $130 million

Dataminr, a venture backed data analytics firm that analyzes Twitter posts and other public sources to provide real time information to news sources, investment banks and the government, recently announced that it has raised an additional $130M, adding to its initial funding of $180M. Founded in 2009 by two Yale roommates, Dataminr started offering its … Continue Reading