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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

Will Facebook soon be privacy-friendly?

FTC Audit Agreement According to various news reports, Facebook and the FTC are about to enter into an agreement which will subject Facebook to privacy audits for the next 20 years. The agreement will apparently require Facebook to obtain prior express consent before making public any information to which the user had granted limited access … Continue Reading

Still think consent is easy?

In my last entry I stressed the importance of complying with the various consent requirements hidden in European data protection laws. To prove my point and to illustrate further the high standards imposed by the German Data Protection Law, a regional German DPA (das “Unabhängige Landeszentrum für Datenschutz” in Schleswig Holstein or “ULD”) has taken … 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