Tag Archives: Facebook

Video: A Conversation with Covington about the Latest NLRB Facebook Case

Meena Harris, a member of Covington’s Global Privacy and Data Security Practice Group, spoke with LXBN TV about the National Labor Relations Board’s recent ruling that two employees of a sports bar and restaurant were unlawfully discharged for their participation in a Facebook discussion criticizing their employer.  You can view the interview here.… Continue Reading

NLRB Finds Employee’s Facebook “Like” and Comment Protected By Labor Law

Last Friday, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) ruled that two employees of a sports bar and restaurant were unlawfully discharged for their participation in a Facebook discussion criticizing their employer.  In the Facebook discussion that prompted the firings, a former employee complained in a status update that she owed more taxes than expected because … Continue Reading

Federal Court Finds Stored Communications Act Applies to Facebook Wall Posts

A New Jersey federal court recently held that an employee’s Facebook wall posts were protected by the Stored Communications Act (“SCA”), 18 U.S.C. § 2701 et seq., in one of the first cases to analyze the SCA’s application to the Facebook wall.  Ehling v. Monmouth-Ocean Hospital Service Corp.., No. 2:11-cv-3305 (WMJ) (D.N.J. Aug. 20, 2013).  An … Continue Reading

Facebook and NNEDV Develop Privacy and Safety Guide for Survivors of Abuse

Recently, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) and Facebook launched a guide intended to assist individuals who have been victims of domestic violence.  The guide offers tips to individuals who have suffered abuse on “how to use Facebook in a way that ensures that they stay connected with friends and family, but control … Continue Reading

ECPA Reform Bill Sails Through Senate Judiciary Committee

Yesterday, a bill that would reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (“ECPA”) was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a voice vote. Under ECPA, as it currently stands, police need only a subpoena, issued without approval by a judge, to access private e-mails that have already been opened or that are more … Continue Reading

Facebook, ACLU Argue that “Like” Button is Protected Speech

This week, Facebook and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have filed amicus curiae briefs in the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals arguing that using Facebook’s “Like” button is speech protected by the First Amendment.  The court of appeals is considering whether to overturn a decision by Eastern District of Virginia Judge Raymond A. … Continue Reading

Court Won’t Undo Dismissal of in re Facebook Privacy Litigation

Last week, Judge Ware of the Northern District of California denied a motion to amend his November 2011 dismissal, with prejudice, in In re Facebook Privacy Litigation, a case in which plaintiffs had argued that Facebook improperly transmitted users’ personal information, including User ID numbers or usernames, to third party advertisers. In his most recent … Continue Reading

Facebook’s FTC Agreement: What Does It Mean For Me?

Last week, the FTC announced that it has agreed to end its 18-month investigation of Facebook’s privacy practices, with a settlement that involved a twenty-year compliance plan and specific steps to formalize privacy within Facebook’s organization.  Though the proposed settlement, which will now be open for public comment, has met with a range of reactions, … Continue Reading

SocialGuide Releases Social Media-Based Television Ratings

New York start-up SocialGuide has launched from beta and released its first television ratings report this week, based on information mined and filtered from more than 10.5 million social media comments by more than 2.6 million unique users.  This report, the Social100, gets most of its information from Facebook and Twitter, using application programming interface (“API”) streams to capture … Continue Reading

ABA Program on Marketing To Minors

Yesterday, the American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law and the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education sponsored the program “Marketing to Minors: Traps for the Unwary in a Rapidly Evolving Legal Landscape.”  Representatives from the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission, and Gannett provided an overview of the current rules for marketing to children, discussed the … Continue Reading

Facebook Makes Good on Data Portability

Rob Pegoraro at The Washington Post reported today on Facebook’s announcement that it will offer users a way to download all of the information they’ve uploaded to the service.  The move is an implicit response to critics who complain about social media services that lock users in by preventing them from recovering their data. Based on … Continue Reading
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