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Social media privacy makes its way to Capitol Hill

Editors’ Note: Colleen Marshall, a Senior Attorney in Porter Wright’s Litigation Department, is also a widely-recognized, award-winning news anchor for Columbus’ NBC-affiliate, WCMH – 4. In a detailed interview with Porter Wright’s Sara Jodka last week, Colleen reports on the use of social media by employers: “You Can’t Delete Your Way Out Of Social Media.” … Continue Reading

Why you can’t delete your way out of your social media mess

Naked pictures? Drunken celebrations? Sexist comments? A click of a button and all evidence of your “Weekend at Bernie’s” can disappear. Job seekers know to scrub clean their Facebook pages before they connect with potential employers, to remove all trace of their off-color on-line life. But here in Ohio you can’t delete your way out … Continue Reading

First NLRB Decision on Employer Social Media Policies

In a recent decision, Costco Wholesale Corporation (NLRB Case No. 34-CA-012421), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) considered a social media policy for the first time. The NLRB invalidated portions of Costco's policies and in doing so signaled that it will probably track closely with the General Counsel's guidance when reviewing social media policies. … Continue Reading

Data Protection in Social Networks

 In a statement published on December 8, 2011, the Association of German Data Protection Agencies known as the “Duesseldorfer Kreis,” (“DK”) issued an opinion summarizing the minimum compliance criteria for operators of social networks in Germany: Transparent privacy policy and informed consent are essential for protecting the right to data privacy Opt-out solutions are insufficient, … Continue Reading

ISSA Social Media Summit – Social Media and Legal Risk

Porter Wright attorney Justin Root will present “Social Media and Legal Risk” as part of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Columbus Chapter’s Social Media Summit on October 19, 2011 in Worthington, Ohio. More information is available at ISSA is a not-for-profit, international organization of information security professionals and practitioners. It provides educational forums, publications, … Continue Reading

Maintaining Perspective Important in Evaluating Employee Social Media Posts

Facebook and other social media have had a real impact on the workplace–from influencing hiring and termination decisions to creating a new spin on issues relating to trade secrets, workplace privacy, and employee computer usage policies.  As this post from our sister blog reminds us, each situation should be evaluated on its own merits.… Continue Reading

Glass Houses and an Unwanted 15 Minutes of Fame

While nothing new by now, the practice of recording images or video of others without their knowledge and then disseminating the content on a worldwide basis has come under particular scrutiny over the past week.  The tragic story of the Rutgers University student (as reported by ABC News here, where I first learned of it) has become the basis of a worldwide conversation … Continue Reading

Endorsement Guides Create Concerns for More Than Just Bloggers

Bloggers have been buzzing since the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated its Guides Concerning Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising (“Guides”) to cover “consumer generated media” such as blogs and other Internet media forms. (16 C.F.R. Part 255) (.PDF) The changes are the first update since 1980 for the Guides, which are intended to offer guidance … Continue Reading