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This Week in Social Media News (12/14/12)

Another roundup of the Week in Social Media News–a summary of social media news from around the web. As always, the focus of these stories is social media legal news (as opposed to the tens of thousands of stories on social media in general). Having culled through the hundreds of articles I review each week, here are some of the social media discussions I have found to be interesting and (hopefully) applicable (and I promise that more original content is on its way–but you all know how it goes right before Christmas; everyone is trying to get everything filed so they can take 2-3 weeks off between December 20th and January 10th):Social Media News

  • Social-media ownership still a gray area - Scott Horton is a partner in Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel LLP and the firm’s resident expert onsocial media law. While he agrees that it’s critical to have sound policies in place, he still sees many employers that haven’t addressed the specific …

It is always good to stay apprised of recent news surrounding social media, particularly how lawyers, attorneys, and other legal professionals are using social media as well as what they are saying. I hope you find this weekly installment of the previous week’s news related to social media and the law to be helpful, informative, and, in certain cases, entertaining. Let’s hope for some more good and interesting news in December!

My thanks to Google NewsBing News, and other news outlets for helping me find and share these stories.

This Week in Social Media News (11/30/12)

Here is your weekly roundup of the Week in Social Media News–a summary of social media news from around the web. As always, the focus of these stories is social media legal news (as opposed to the tens of thousands of stories on social media in general). Having culled through the hundreds of articles I review each week, here are some of the social media discussions I have found to be interesting and (hopefully) applicable:

  • Twitter in legal spat over data clampdown - Twitter Inc’s steadily tightening grip over the 140-character messages on its network has set off a spirited debate in Silicon Valley over whether asocial media company should or should not lay claim over its user-generated content…Social Media News
  • Social Media Savvy for General Counsel - Social media has complicated the management of employees and their relationships with co-workers, raising a host of legal issues for in-house counsel. The array of ways in which employees can communicate electronically has increased geometrically…
  • Avoid Vague Social Media Policies - An NLRB administrative law judge held that the employee’s social media posting about the BMW event was protected concerted activity under the NLRA because his criticisms of the food were shared by co-workers, and there was a possibility that their…
  • More Employers Creating Social Media Policies for the Workplace - As social media use continues to overlap more fluidly between the personal sphere and the business world, more employers are writing dedicated social media polices, and many are also monitoring employee use of social media sites at work, according to a …
  • Social Media in Law Practice - This is the final slide deck from my Social Media in Law Practice course for the Univ. of Dayton School of Law Digital Lawyering Program. Covering time …
  • Employer Best Practices For Social Media Use On And Off The Job - Editor: We see that this is the second annual report on social media use in the workplace from Proskauer’s International Labor & Employment Law Group. What prompted a second survey? Ornstein: Proskauer conducted a second survey on social media use …

It is always good to stay apprised of recent news surrounding social media, particularly how lawyers, attorneys, and other legal professionals are using social media as well as what they are saying. I hope you find this weekly installment of the previous week’s news related to social media and the law to be helpful, informative, and, in certain cases, entertaining. Let’s hope for some more good and interesting news in December!

My thanks to Google NewsBing News, and other news outlets for helping me find and share these stories.

This Week in Social Media News (11/16/12)

Here is your weekly roundup of the Week in Social Media News–a summary of social media news from around the web. As always, the focus of these stories is social media legal news (as opposed to the tens of thousands of stories on social media in general). Having culled through the hundreds of articles I review each week, here are some of the Social Media Newssocial media discussions I have found to be interesting and (hopefully) applicable:

  • More companies are tracking workers’ tweets, report finds - Although the number of companies that feel favorably about social media is growing, more employers are monitoring employees on sites like Twitter and LinkedIn, according to a new report onsocial media practices in the workplace from the global law …
  • Comments on social media could get you fired - Some employers and colleges across the country have even gone as far as asking their employees or potential students for their social media passwords. California recently passed a law making that practice illegal. As for Fisher, she is raising four …
  • Large law firms lack social media strategy, finds TR report - A new study has revealed that many large law firms in Australia are not providing social mediatraining for staff. A Thomson Reuters study of more than 100 senior legal practitioners across Australian firms during October found that a lack of clear …
  • Third state bars access to staff Facebook passwords - California last month became the third state to enact a law that prohibits employers from asking applicants or employees for their passwords to social media sites. Illinois and Maryland had passed similar laws earlier this year. The California bill …
  • Social Media Dos and Don’ts for Lawyers - When it comes to social media, the censor strengths for certain users might be turned down a bit too low. Sure, if you’re a teenager posting pictures of yourself in …

Some very interesting stories this week, particularly the one about law firms lacking a social media strategy and a reiteration of the common dos and don’t for lawyers and social media.

It is always good to stay apprised of recent news surrounding social media, particularly how lawyers, attorneys, and other legal professionals are using social media as well as what they are saying. I hope you find this weekly installment of the previous week’s news related to social media and the law to be helpful, informative, and, in certain cases, entertaining.

My thanks to Google NewsBing News, and other news outlets for helping me find and share these stories.

California’s Comprehensive Social Media Privacy Law

As I mentioned in prior posts [here and here and here and here], California was one of the first states to propose legislation that would protect applicants, employees, and students from having to disclose their social media passwords.

We can now add California to Maryland, Delaware, and Illinois that have officially passed a social media privacy protection law. Notably, California is the first state to pass a comprehensive law that protects both employees and students (as you will recall from my prior posts, protection of students’ social media passwords was one of the major goals of the legislation).

 

 

 

A quick reference:

States that have passed privacy legislation protecting employees / employers:

  • Maryland
  • Illinois
  • California

States that have passed privacy legislation protecting students / schools:

  • Delaware
  • California

States that have social media privacy legislation of some sort pending:

  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Washington

I am sure this list will continue to grow. For more information Employer Access to Social Media Usernames and Passwords, check out the National Conference of State Legislatures’ website.

And once again, congratulations to Brad Shear — a good friend of this blog — for his work in this arena. Brad helped draft the model legislation that is being picked up by legislatures around the country. You should read his blog and follow him on Twitter (@bradleyshear).

Here is my standard “Facebook Passwords” disclaimer: if you’re doing this (requiring passwords) now, go ahead and stop. One way or the other, you will not be allowed to keep or continue this practice.

For a detailed review of the California law, check out the write-up by Seyfarth Shaw’s Trading Secrets blog.

Social Media, Esq.™ Social Media Vacation

For those of you who follow this blog or follow me on Twitter (@tysonESQ), you may have noticed (or, more likely, probably had no idea), that I haven’t been around for a few weeks. A multi-week jury trial + deliberations in addition to every sprinkler in my yard deciding to spontaneously explode while the entire State of Utah burns to the ground, well, I’ve been a little busy.

But do not worry. I have plenty of new updates, news, and insights in the pipeline. And besides, while there are many out there that claim you must maintain your social media presence at all times, even when you are on vacation to remote places with sketchy internet access, I am not one of them. For the most part social media is designed to feed me; whatever I can add to the conversation or assist others with is crème de la crème. 

With trial over, my inbox slowly getting smaller, and my sprinklers being generally fixed (hopefully), I’m hoping to start pumping out some new content. Will it blow your mind? Probably not. Will it be informative? I sure hope so.